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Bard MA in Global Studies

Bard College
New York, NY


Details at a Glance

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Degrees Offered

MA Global Studies

Our Program

The MA in Global Studies at Bard College prepares students to address the 21st century’s most pressing global problems.

Drawing on the strengths of Central European University’s (CEU) renowned International Relations program and the innovative Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) program in New York City, the MA in Global Studies program places at its center the theory-practice nexus. The curriculum is intentionally designed to emphasize the important relationship between rigorous theoretical and conceptual thinking and the reality of how problems unfold and can be effectively addressed in practice. 

Students begin in either Vienna, studying in the renowned International Relations program at Central European University (CEU), or Bard's Annandale-on-Hudson campus. Then they move to the Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) campus in New York City, where they complete coursework and an internship with an organization working on global affairs. By emphasizing critical thinking, writing, and experiential learning, the program will educate the next generation of global citizens to be actively engaged in the transnational public sphere.

Students complete 30 credits during the one-year MA program, including coursework on the form and function of the global political order, the histories and evolution of specific global problems and how groups and individuals have attempted to address them, and skills-based courses that prepare students to enter the workforce.

The centerpiece of the MA Program in Global Studies curriculum is the internship, where students get an on-the-ground perspective on how non-state and civil society actors address transnational problems. 



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    Personal Statement
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    2 Letters of Recommendation
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    Resume or C/V

Additional Requirements

The Bard MA in Global Studies does not charge an application fee or require the submission of GRE exam scores. Financial aid is available in the form of tuition fellowships and scholarships to cover other expenses associated with enrolling in and attending the program. All applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must apply. Financial aid is not guaranteed, and it is need-based. Any financial assistance is for the duration of the program for a full-time student.

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Application Deadline

Applications for the 2022-23 program will open on October 15, 2021. Applications submitted by January 15, 2022 will receive full consideration.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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    Financial Aid Available
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    Application Fee Waivers Available