Accelerated MA in Global Affairs

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Banner Code: LA-MA-ACEL-GLOA

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Bachelor's Degree (any)/Global Affairs, Accelerated MA


Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA/BS in a chosen major and an MA in Global Affairs in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Polices and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to the accelerated MA in global affairs, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits, and after meeting the following:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.25
  • Enrolled in or have completed a foreign language course 202 or higher with a minimum grade of C- prior to graduation with the BA (or other evidence of proficiency in foreign language).

Students who are accepted in the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MA program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.50
  • Minimum grade of B in each advanced standing course
  • ​Successfully met Mason's requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completed the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing courses (up to 12 credits with a minimum grade of B in each)  
Required Course  
GLOA 600 Global Competencies 3
Additional Optional Courses  
GLOA 610 Economic Globalization and Development 3
GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization 1 3
GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs 2 1-6
Other specialization course after GLOA 600 and GLOA 605 have been completed with the permission of the program.  
Reserve Graduate Credit courses (up to 6 credits) taken while an undergraduate and will only count for the graduate degree program  
GLOA 599 Issues in Global Affairs 2 1-6
GLOA 605 Interdisciplinary Research Methods 3
GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization 3
500- or 600-level courses approved for student's specialization  

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements see AP.6.7 Bachelor's Accelerated Master's Degree policies.