MASTER OF ARTS IN GLOBAL POLICY
The MA Global Policy degree is a two-year Master’s program open to students with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. An undergraduate international policy degree is not essential for admission. SPIA is much more concerned with an applicant’s capacity for graduate study, demonstrated by the quality of previous academic work and professional experience, and their commitment to an international career. However, applicants must exhibit research ability, have a strong foundation in economics, and demonstrate competence in a second language. Prospective students are expected to have completed the following prerequisites before admission to the graduate program:
- Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (equivalent to UMaine’s ECO 120 and ECO 121); and
- Demonstrated proficiency in a second language before graduation from SPIA (at least one university course at the 300-level, or demonstration of spoken and written language competency).
The above courses must be completed with a grade of B or better. Applicants without the required background may be accepted provisionally while meeting the prerequisites. The admissions committee will consider waiving prerequisites for applicants with work experience that provides the equivalent knowledge, skill, and abilities to succeed in the program.
Core seminars define the body of knowledge considered fundamental to the student’s ability to assume a role in global public policy development and analysis. Some seminars will be team-taught by faculty members with varying academic and professional experiences to familiarize students with faculty and their specializations. All students are required to take the five core courses below and participate in an internship.
SPI 501 Methods of Inquiry and Research (3 credits)
How to study international policy issues; approaches; social science theory and research methods; policy analysis.
SPI 502 Issues in World Economy (3 credits)
How the world economy works; its relation to economic growth, the distribution of wealth, sustainable development, culture, and political power.
SPI 503 International Relations (3 credits)
The workings of the international system; evolution of international relations and the present era of transition in the international system.
SPI 504 Global Justice (3 credits)
A study of moral and political philosophies developed in response to the issues and challenges raised by globalization. These include such topics as global institutions and democracy, distributive justice, fair trade, intellectual property, environmental justice, human rights, immigration, war, and terrorism.
SPI 510 Public Service Seminar (1 credit)
Introduce students to the theory and practice of public service through conversations with practitioners. To be completed before the required internship.
SPI 595 Internship (2-6 credits depending upon the nature, duration and value of the experience) All students will complete a professional internship that supplements their academic study at an appropriate institution or business to gain relevant, marketable experience. Internships allow students to explore their options while developing their networks, learning about specific fields, becoming familiar with various organizational management and leadership styles, and better understanding the experiences and different cultural contexts of other peoples in a globalized world. Students are strongly encouraged to perform their internships outside of their home country, especially if they intend to strengthen their foreign language proficiency to gain a vital edge for their future international careers.