Help solve the problems of a global society

Gain knowledge and skills that will help prepare you for a variety of careers around the world.

Become an expert on international politics and key global policy issues.

Find your path

Earn a degree to take you anywhere

Explore new career opportunities with a master’s degree in global studies and related certificates.

Accelerated master’s degree

Take graduate-level courses as you finish your undergraduate degree. Complete your master's degree in three semesters. This program is available only for Missouri State undergraduates.

Traditional master’s degree

Complete the traditional master's degree after you’ve earned your undergraduate degree.

Stand out with a graduate certificate

In this program, you can use your elective courses to earn a graduate certificate along with your master's degree. Certificates highlight your unique knowledge and help you stand out from the crowd.

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Homeland security and defense certificate

Examine critical threats and learn to apply critical thinking to protect the global society.

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International business certificate

Discover how business works globally.

Why pursue a master's degree in global studies at Missouri State?

  • Outstanding faculty – Our faculty members have conducted intensive field research across the world: sub-Saharan Africa, East Asian, Latin America and the Middle East. They have expertise in topics like ethnic conflict, social protest, foreign policy and more.
  • Small, seated classes – Global studies classes are capped at 15 students, so you get one-on-one attention in a seminar-style setting. Get ready to bond with your classmates and professors.
  • Affordability – Our total costs are far below similar degrees at other school. Get a quality education at an exceptional price.
  • Flexibility and convenience – Are you a working professional? This program is a good fit. We have evening courses to suit your busy schedule.
  • Diverse job prospects – Compared to other master's degree, our program leads you to a variety of career options. Make your career move in fields like government, business and not-for-profit organizations.

Want to know more? 

Explore the global studies program brochure.

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Envision your future

Discover the world and your future with a master's of global studies degree

  • US federal agencies
  • International organizations
  • Private sector
  • Non-profit organizations
Want to pursue a PhD? MGS graduates have also entered doctoral programs related to global politics, political science and other areas.