This spring, 24 students received the first Professional Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) degrees ever awarded at FIU. These graduates will now be joining other professionals in the fields of law, politics, security analysis, wildlife preservation and financial risk analysis.
“I am thrilled with the performance of our inaugural class,” said John Stack, executive director of the School of International and Public Affairs and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “They weathered a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum and wrote excellent capstone projects. I have no doubt that they will make a difference to their families and to the world as global citizens.”
The professional master’s in global governance degree trains students to utilize essential critical thinking and negotiation skills that successfully translate across societies and borders. As part of their graduate capstone course, students worked in groups on a significant problem or case study in Global Governance.
One group worked with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“We were given a hypothetical scenario about U.S. citizens kidnapped by FARC in Colombia,” said MAGG student Luisa Martinez. “We were tasked with developing an investigative strategy which would take into consideration the diplomatic approach and the legal framework that’s already in place.”
These graduates are now equipped to compete for a variety of employment opportunities in the global market.
Designed with the working professional in mind, the 36-credit degree program was launched in 2011. Classes are scheduled at FIU’s Downtown on Brickell facility twice a week – one weeknight and one Saturday – giving students the flexibility to continue working full time while pursuing the degree.
The cohort for the Professional Master of Arts in Global Governance degree starts in the fall of each year. Applications for fall 2013 are being accepted until June 1st. Currently, 28 students are expected to graduate in the spring of 2014.