MA in Global Thought

The MA in Global Thought is an interdisciplinary, research-based course of study designed to understand and address the challenges and opportunities arising in our world today. This innovative MA is offered by the Committee on Global Thought (CGT), whose more than thirty faculty members include some of Columbia’s most renowned scholars from departments and schools across the university. Its one-year program enables students to explore global connections and commonalities in contemporary politics, economics, society, and culture, tailoring their curriculum to their intellectual and professional interests.

ma-global-thought-class-of-2016Three required interdisciplinary core courses provide a foundational knowledge of global linkages in the areas of governance, political economy, and culture and ideas. In addition is a two-semester thesis seminar where students become familiar with diverse research methodologies, conduct original research, and write their Master’s essays. The seminar is led by the MA Faculty Collaborative which consists of MA Faculty Director David K. Park, Vishakha N. Desai, Carol Gluck, Reinhold Martin, Perry G. Mehrling, and Kian Tajbakhsh. Students also choose the balance of courses from elective options throughout the university, advised by the MA Director of Studies and the CGT faculty.

View the MA in Global Thought prospectus here.

Global Columbia

Located in a diverse and globally connected world city, Columbia is a leader in the pressing task of creating a global university for the twenty first century.  The Committee on Global Thought, established by Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger in 2006, brings together senior scholars to seek new analytic categories and concepts to comprehend the changing and increasingly globalized world. In addition to the CGT faculty, students benefit from Columbia’s resources in the academic and professional schools, expansive library collections, a full calendar of campus events, and opportunities in New York, ranging from international institutions like the United Nations to individual corporate and non-profit mentors.

ma-cgt-faculty-meet-and-greetStudents work with some of the university’s most accomplished scholars, including CGT members and other Columbia faculty. Core instructors include Akeel Bilgrami, Partha Chatterjee, José Antonio Ocampo, David K. Park, and others. The MA Faculty Director and MA Director of Studies provide individual advising and connections to other Columbia faculty.

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Career Without Borders

The flexible design of the program attracts a global and diverse student cohort who complete the MA in Global Thought with enhanced research skills and a capacious knowledge of the complex processes that shape the contemporary world. They pursue careers in development, nongovernmental organizations, government, public policy, academia, research, and the private sector. The combination of deep research focus and broad intellectual range prepares them well for employment as well as for further study in professional schools or PhD programs.

The Committee on Global Thought runs a series of “Careers Without Borders” workshops, which brings MA students together with professionals in a wide variety of fields. Students also have the option of applying for Global Opportunities (GO!), which take place immediately following graduation and provides international experience at one of nine Columbia Global Centers around the world or with organizations active in Global New York – an ideal complement and capstone to the MA in Global Thought.


Application deadlines for admission to the 2018-2019 MA in Global Thought program:

Early Deadline for Fall Admission:  Friday, February 2, 2018
Final Deadline for Fall Admission:  Friday, April 20, 2018

Priority for partial scholarships will be given to people who apply by February 2 but requests for financial aid will be considered throughout the entire application cycle depending on availability of funds.

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