The Master in Global Affairs is a unique, integrative program that was designed by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, in Madrid, Spain. After one year suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Master in Global Affairs program is ready to restart.
This program integrates rigorous coursework under the supervision of a multidisciplinary faculty. Students will have the support of policymakers, members of international courts, members of NGOs, and an international network of students. In addition, we are proud of our strong partnership with the UN under the United Nations Academic Impact program which is "an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution."
For the European Modality, the program begins in Madrid, Spain at the Vicálvaro URJC campus. Students will then travel to Strasbourg, France later in the year. The classes and study structure in Europe (Madrid and Strasbourg) will focus on the work of European institutions and the protection of human rights within Europe.
Additionally, and owing to our commitment to the students in showing the insights of the European institutions, our classes will be complemented by numerous public meetings and forums held in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament.
The program structure in Canada will provide the students with deeper knowledge about ethnic minority rights and equality, global health security, environmental sustainability, political theory, and economics, overall, elevating their global vision and understanding.
The two modalities that the MGA offers is broken down as follows:
Course structure for the European Modality:
Semester 1: Madrid, Spain (September, October) and Strasbourg, France (November, December).
Semester 2: Prince Edward Island, Canada (February-April) + internship/thesis period (May – location will depend on the student’s project).
Course structure for the Canadian Modality:
Semester 1: Prince Edward Island, Canada (September-December)
Semester 2: Madrid, Spain (January-February), and Strasbourg, France (March-April) + internship/thesis period (May – location will depend on the student’s project).
The Internship and Thesis Component of the Program:
As part of the academic requirements, the Master in Global Affairs program will offer the students different opportunities to have professional experience in the international field. This potion of the program will begin following the end of classes where students will be given roughly three months to complete either the internship/report or thesis option.
The objective of the internship program is to give the students a first-hand impression of working day-to-day with different international organizations, NGOs and important private sector organizations.
The internship program will be offer to the 20% of the students, those with the best academic achievements and all the courses and subjects passed. Students will be given a real-life opportunity and chance to work as part of an organization — teams, working directly with outstanding and inspiring career professionals and senior management, participating in meetings, and contributing with reports and analysis about different topics. Following the internship, students must pass in a report on their experience to go towards their final grade.
As a student entering the world of diplomacy and public policy, an internship could be the necessary start. Various students have been placed in a variety of internship programs, depending on their own interests and goals: United Nations Found Population Program (New York), National Council for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Mexico City), Spanish Committee for UNICEF (Madrid), Council on International Law and Politics (Chicago, Strasbourg), Research project for Fair Trade in Mexico (Strasbourg, Brussels).
In order to end the MGA program all the students have to do a "tesina" or minor thesis. Students will have free range to select a topic of their choosing based on interests, previous areas of study, and research to advance their academic profile and career path. Each student will have an academic tutor (related to the chosen topic) in order to guide the student and guarantee the Tesina’s quality.