Welcome to the Global Governance, Politics and Security Program
The Global Governance, Politics, and Security Master's Degree Program (GGPS)
at American University's School of International Service (SIS) provides
students with the specialized
training and widely-desirable skills necessary to launch careers in
international affairs and public service. Our master's program takes a
multidisciplinary approach to understanding relations among and beyond states
and societies on the global stage.
Our mission is to produce international affairs professionals with an
understanding of global history, political dynamics, and economic systems, as
well as the methodological tools and the practical skills needed to make sense
of data and turn rigorous analysis into innovative policies and programs in the
fields of global governance and global security.
We believe that GGPS master's students are defined by both their breadth and
depth of knowledge and their professional training. These qualities equip them
to thrive in global governance and global security where complex problems will
require practical solutions grounded in an understanding of global history and
political and economic systems.
To this end, our core
courses provide the analytical 'big picture' and help students find the
right concentration. The coursework in students' field of concentration is what
gives them a long-term advantage in their career. GGPS students hone their
expertise in Global
Governance or Global Security by selecting courses from an extensive list
of electives and approved concentration courses.
Security concentration equips students to conduct analyses and design
programs and policies that respond to threats and challenges in a changing
world. Core courses explain why state and non-state actors come into conflict
and assess the tools policymakers use to analyze, prevent, manage and resolve
those conflicts. Our graduates are well positioned for careers in private,
non-profit, government and multilateral organizations working in intelligence,
conflict management, and defense policy, regional security, cyber-conflict,
counter-terrorism, combatting transnational crime and illicit financial flows,
peacekeeping and security sector reform.
Governance concentration equips students to serve in international
organizations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations that work
with their local and international counterparts to plan and execute policies
and programs that are tackling today's most pressing policy problems. Students
combine widely-desirable communication, negotiation and organizational skills
with expertise in a particular practice of international affairs such as human
rights promotion, development assistance, security policy, conflict resolution
or the environment. We want our graduates to hold a unique place in the
practice of international affairs with more administrative skills than those
with a subfield-specific concentration (e.g. development or security) and more
international affairs expertise than students graduating with a degree in
public policy or public administration.