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Master of Arts in Global Affairs

Your international career begins here.

Economic downturns, conflicts in far-flung countries, refugee crises: what happens in one region has direct or rippling effects around the globe—signaling a world that in every aspect is plural and interconnected. The only graduate program encompassing every region of the world, Norwich University’s online Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MGA) equips students with the knowledge and skills they will need to embark on meaningful work in international settings where multiple actors—from national governments to international corporations and NGOs—interact and wield influence. This interdisciplinary program enables students to examine the decisive social, cultural, economic, and political issues that define a particular world region, viewed within the context of its own history and geography.

The Norwich MGA gives students a modern, fundamental and practice-oriented education in the study of global affairs. The program’s online platform makes it possible not only for students to specialize in any region they choose but also to tailor their studies with expert faculty around the world. Students explore the overarching themes of the political culture, institutions, economy, regional and national identity, and international relations for one of eight global regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, and South Asia.

Ideally, students will use their previous education in the humanities or social sciences to enhance their study of global affairs and their value to international governmental organizations, multinational corporations, the U.S. military, federal agencies—any entity in which cultural sensitivity and an understanding of a region’s political and economic priorities are required.

  • Master of Arts
  • Students take elective courses

Why Norwich?

Learn from expert global faculty—who are dedicated to your career success and will help you tailor your studies to your objectives.

Focus on one of eight world regions, with the only master’s program covering the entire globe.

Study the social, cultural, political and economic issues that define a specific region of the world.

Prepare for careers here or abroad, with international government organizations, NGOs, multinational corporations, the military, security services, international development organizations and more.

Use your unique academic and professional background to enhance your study of global affairs.

Balance school, work and military schedules with a flexible curriculum.

No GRE required

Quick Info

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All classes taken online

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11.2k Graduates

Over 11,000 previous online students

5 June

Next Start Date

8 May

Application Deadline

Accreditation & Recognition

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).


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Andrea  Thunberg, M.S.
Assistant Director of Admissions

MGA Program Curriculum

Currently the only graduate level Global Affairs program encompassing every region in the world, Norwich's M.A. in Global Affairs provides students with the tools needed to embark on meaningful international work. Some of the key courses are:

IR510 -- World Politics – International Relations
This course lays a foundation for all future studies of international relations and world politics. It explores the dominant theories of international relations, and main trends in world politics. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in modern international politics, especially since the end of the Cold War. It reviews all main theoretical assumptions and world views in the study of international relations. The course also surveys the evolution of the discipline, its various areas of study.

GA544 -- Eurasia
The course explores political, social, economic, security, and international dynamics of the largest landmass of the world, Eurasia. It addresses military conflicts involving the Russian Federation, relations of Russia with its neighbors, nation-building and regional transformations in Central Asia, conflict, security and cooperation in the Caucasus, and changes and initiatives in the Far East. Regional events are discussed in their historical contexts, and such themes as group identity, nationhood, self-determination, and sovereignty and territorial integrity are investigated.

GA546 -- The Middle East
This course lays a foundation for understanding Middle Eastern politics, economics, and culture, among others. It introduces the historical, political, and economic developments in the region, and explores the trend in religious extremism and nationalism within the Middle East. The course addresses seminal changes and developments in the Middle East in modern and late modern times, and it analyzes current regional conflicts and their influence on regional socio-economic and political development. In addition, this course reviews the cultural, political, and economic foundations of the main actors such as nation-states, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental actors, and surveys current events impacting regional relations.

Norwich’s online master’s courses are delivered over 11 weeks at a time, and the typical program completion time is 18 months.
Please view the course catalog for complete curriculum information. 

MGA Admissions Information

At a Glance

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher

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Next Start Date

Monday, June 5, 2023

Application Deadline

Monday, May 8, 2023

Contact Admissions

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Extended hours available by appointment


Call: 1-866-684-7237


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    Transfer Credits
    You may receive the equivalent of up to 12 semester credits for study conducted elsewhere. Norwich complies with VA regulations and guidelines as it pertains to transfer credits.
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    International Admissions
    Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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    Norwich Alumni Benefits
    Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Tuition & Fees


Norwich provides a top-notch educational experience; we also work hard to help make it affordable. There are many ways to get financial aid and several strategies to help you finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.

Tuition at a Glance

  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $698; $550 (active military; veteran; first responder)

Financial Aid Resources

Ways to Pay

2023-24 Tuition and Fee Schedule - Master's Programs

Rate Per Credit Term Tuition Additional Expenses Total
$698; $550 (active military; veteran; first responder) $3,300-$4,188

Technology - $300/term
Library - $75/term
Graduation - $150/one time


Careers & Outcomes

The rapid pace of globalization ensures that a wide variety of international career opportunities, requiring specific region knowledge and an understanding of global affairs, will continue to grow. 

Our graduates can be prepared for roles in:

  • International Governmental Organizations
  • Non-governmental Organizations
  • Security and Intelligence Services
  • Diplomatic and Consular Services
  • Foreign Service
  • Federal Agencies
  • Military
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Universities
  • State Governments
  • Aid Organizations: Federal, International
  • Law Enforcement
  • News Organizations
  • High Schools
  • Electoral Campaigns


Faculty & Staff

Academic Director

Lasha Tchantouridzé, PhD

Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé is Professor and Academic Director of international affairs programs. He is also a Davis Center Associate, Harvard University, Boston, MA; Research Fellow of the Center for Defense and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada; and Advisory Board Member of the Peace & War Center at Norwich University. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Tchantouridzé’s research interests are at the intersection of diplomacy and force in international politics, and his academic publications are in the areas of geopolitics and strategy, Russian foreign and defense policy, the Black Sea basin, international politics in the Caucasus, and NATO-Russia relations.

Recent Publications:

Ukraine at a Crossroads: Will the West Fold After Kherson?” The National Interest, November 17 2022.

The Aftermath of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War: Appeasement of Russia and the War in Ukraine,” Journal of Peace and War Studies, The 4th Edition, October 2022.

Why Russia’s Military Reforms Failed in Ukraine,” The National Interest, October 15 2022.

Hic sunt dracones! Russia Enters the Mediterranean,” Security Science Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2022.

Putin’s Nuclear Threats Are Reaching beyond Ukraine,” The National Interest, September 27 2022.

Putin's Next Move: Does Russia's retreat from Kharkiv mark a turning point?” Institute of Arts and Ideas, September 15 2022.

Corruption in Russia and the War in Ukraine,” Norwich Record, summer 2022.

Defending the Rioni Valley: Civic Resistance to Corporate Takeover in Western Georgia,” Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.  Vol. 54, No. 1, spring 2022.

In Afghanistan: Western and Soviet Methods of Counterinsurgency,” Security Science Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2021.

“Threat and Cooperation: Syria in Russo-Turkish Relations,” with Ali Askerov, in Contemporary Turkish-Russian Relations: From Past to Future, Ilyas Topsakal, editor. Istanbul: University of Istanbul Press, 2021. 

The Post-Soviet Conflicts: A Thirty Years’ Crisis, Ali Askerov, Stefan Brooks, and Lasha Tchantouridze, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2020.

The Black and the Caspian: Russia’s Warm Seas,” Central Asia and the Caucasus: Journal of Social and Political Studies, Vol. 19, Issue 4, 2018.

Лаша Чантуридзе, «ЧЕРНОЕ МОРЕ И КАСПИЙ — ТЕПЛЫЕ МОРЯ РОССИИ,»  Центральная Азия и Кавказ, 21 (4), 2018.

The Black Sea question in Russo-Turkish Relations,” in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.

Contending Policies of Russia and Turkey: The Syrian Crisis,” co-authored with Ali Askerov, in Contemporary Russo-Turkish Relations: From Crisis to Cooperation, ed. by Ali Askerov, Lexington Books, 2018.

 “Unipolarity: End of an Error,” in Michael Hawes and Christopher Kirkey, eds. Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016. 



GD510 Theory and the International System
GD542 Terrorism: Introduction and State Sponsored Terrorism
GD560 Military Intervention and Conflict Management in the International System
IR510 World Politics – International Relations
IR531 National Security

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