Global Thought

Program Category: MA Programs
Director of Graduate Studies: David Park
Email Address: globalthought [at]

As globalization is reshaping our world, scholars and policymakers are exploring much-needed new approaches to the transnational movements of ideas, people, commodities, and technologies as well as the cultural, political, and economic processes that underlie them. The MA in Global Thought provides an interdisciplinary, research-based course of study to explain and analyze contemporary global issues. With an innovative and distinctive curriculum designed by world-renowned faculty, the MA in Global Thought offers students a new framework for understanding globalization and for developing new ways to think about critical global issues.

Three core courses provide a foundational knowledge of global linkages, from economic processes to cultural and political ties. The interdisciplinary specialization in Global Governance, Global Political Economy, or Global Politics and Culture allows students to immerse themselves in a self-directed curriculum drawn from course offerings from across Columbia University. In the MA Seminar sequences, students become familiar with a range of research methodologies and scholarship, and produce original research that draws together their interdisciplinary course work.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

In addition to the requirements listed below, students must submit:

  • one transcript per school attended showing courses and grades
  • a statement of academic purpose emphasizing academic goals, anticipated program of study, and expected impact on career
  • three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should come from persons such as professors who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s academic background and abilities. No more than one letter should be submitted from supervisors or colleagues at an applicant’s place of employment. Applicants who have been away from formal studies for some years should consult the program’s website for further details.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to four semesters of collegiate study. Students may choose one of two options in which to confirm their language proficiency. Click here to learn more.

Early Deadline for Fall Admission: Friday, February 1, 2019
Final Deadline for Fall Admission: Friday, April 5, 2019
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes
Writing Sample Number of Pages: 8-10
GRE General: No
Degree Programs: Full Time
Free-Standing: Yes
Letters of Recommendation: 3