As one of only 12 universities in the country granted NGO status by the United Nations, UB has a long history of educating with a global perspective. The Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace (M.A.) online degree program prepares students for careers in international diplomacy, global development, conflict analysis and mediation, foreign investment and more. Alumni of the Global Development and Peace program work for ministries of foreign affairs in their home countries, international corporations such as Price Waterhouse Cooper, governmental organizations like the FBI, as well as Unicef and other NGOs.

With UB’s international degree programs developed by a previous president of the UN General Assembly, students can expect a superior education in the area of international studies. Students can focus on one of two areas of study: Political Economy and Development or Global Management.

Program Overview

The Global Development and Peace M.A. online is a 36-credit program and requires students to complete a graduate tutorial, a Master’s thesis and a brief overseas internship. UB offers flexible internship programs to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults.

The internship component of this program is a vital learning experience that provides students with an immersion in the language and culture they are studying, as well as offering an in-depth look at the work of intergovernmental, non-governmental or governmental organizations. Non-US citizens working in the US at NGOs or suitable companies may get approval to use their current jobs to meet internship requirements.

The Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace has the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to explain and compare the major extant models for socioeconomic development.
  • Students will demonstrate that they have acquired the quantitative and qualitative research skills needed to undertake effective planning, analysis and implementation of projects related to socioeconomic development or conflict resolution.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the institutional prerequisites for good governance in developing countries.
  • Students will demonstrate an appreciation of the impact that religion and culture can have on socioeconomic development.
  • Students will demonstrate the basic skills needed for effective communication and negotiation.
  • Students will demonstrate skills needed in problem solving and in project management through an overseas internship.
  • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of a second language in addition to English.

* Note for all academic programs in the College of Public and International Affairs, a portfolio is collected to track progress in programmatic outcomes

There are many reasons why students from all over the world choose to pursue a degree in Global Development and Peace online with UB:

  • Opportunity to learn from a global education leader recognized by the United Nations with NGO status — one of only 12 select universities in the United States with this accreditation.
  • An international student population that offers an unique perspective on a variety of cultures.
  • Courses offering face-to-face interaction online with students and professors as well as access to the UB campus if needed. UB has welcomed some of the most renowned lecturers of peace in history such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Class flexibility that allows students to address work and family needs.
  • Overseas internships that provide real world, in-country experience for two weeks each year — all scheduled around work and family commitments.
  • Partnerships with global institutions such as Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, Princess Sumaya University in Jordan and Sichuan University Jin Jian College in China.
  • Affiliations with private and public sector organizations that utilize UB students in policy advising and policy execution.
  • Faculty who participate in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and monthly UN and Global Forums, and Language Roundtables.
  • Opportunity to be published in the Journal of Global Development and Peace, the industry publication founded at UB.
  • Access to an extensive worldwide network of alumni mentors and advisors from over 80 countries.
  • Geographic proximity to New York City, allowing students to intern at the UN and other international organizations and NGOs.

Sample Semester Schedule

A student taking two courses at a time can complete the program in two years, taking coursework each semester (fall, spring and summer).

During the course of the program, students will select from one of two specialized tracks – Global Management or International Political Economy and Development. Students will take three electives from their specialized track and one elective from the other track.

Semester 1

  • GLDP 511 Issues in Economic Development – 3 semester hours
  • GLDP 522 International Conflict and Negotiation – 3 semester hours

Semester 2

  • GLDP 501 Research Methods and International Development – 3 semester hours
  • GLDP 528 Sociopolitical Implications of World Religions – 3 semester hours

Semester 3

  • GLDP 540 Culture and International Development 3 credits – 3 semester hours
  • Elective in Global Management or International Political Economy and Development – 3 semester hours

Semester 4

  • Elective in Global Management or International Political Economy and Development – 3 semester hours
  • Elective in Global Management or International Political Economy and Development – 3 semester hours

Semester 5

  • GLDP 591 Internship – 3 semester hours
  • Elective in Global Management or International Political Economy and Development – 3 semester hours

Semester 6

  • GLDP 598 Tutorial – 3 semester hours
  • GLDP 599 Thesis – 3 semester hours

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


Program requirements

A bachelor’s degree , or its equivalent , from an accredited university or recognized international institution Recommended cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher Two years of college lan guage study or the equivalent ( must be completed by the end of the program) Ability to travel internationally to complete an overseas internship
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