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College of Public Affairs

Global Affairs and Human Security

// offered as of fall 2012 //

Today, there is less separation between local and global than ever before. Prepare yourself to solve global issues that have major local implications.

Understanding NGOs and Nonprofits

Today, there are an estimated 40,000 international nongovernmental organizations operating worldwide, and date from the United Nations show that the nonprofit sector grew dramatically at the end of the 20th century and has outright exploded in recent years.

The reasons?

  • Nation-states have grown weaker, and some regulatory instruments have been transferred to the regional level.
  • Environmental concerns have become more predominant, especially those related to climate change, biodiversity and sustainability.
  • Conflicts over the impacts of trade on well-being, public health and the environment have grown.
  • Questions regarding the ability of existing institutions to manage these issues have proliferated in the wake of the recognition that sustainable solutions require sustained cooperation.

These changes have sparked a broad interest in global issues and a desire to affect meaningful and sustainable change. Do you have that same desire?

Our 39-credit, cross-disciplinary M.A. in Global Affairs and Human Security provides you with an opportunity to explore your interests in international issues related to good governance, sustainable development, transnational problem-solving and the promotion of human security.

With the specialized knowledge, applied skills and functional expertise you'll gain in this program, you'll be a competitive candidate for careers in the nonprofit and public sectors and with supranational organizations.

  • You'll examine the ways in which nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental bodies and global actors work together to address issues of human well-being while confronting challenges that require more than simply single governments to solve.
  • You'll develop cross-cultural sensitivities and awareness of contemporary global issues, and you'll gain exposure to the factors that compel people and groups to engage in violence and otherwise feel insecure.
  • You'll apply theories and concepts of global governance, transnational problem-solving and human security to real-world case studies.
  • You'll be prepared to develop appropriate programs and evaluate existing programs within nonprofit, intergovernmental and supranational bodies—and you'll have the skills to work successfully in both management and service delivery in the nonprofit sector.

The University of Baltimore is ideally situated in a region with a large number of nongovernmental organizations with global missions—from those that promote sustainable development and good governance to those that engage in peace-building and crisis and humanitarian response. You'll have opportunities to learn beyond the classroom through guest speakers, field placements and more.


Classes are offered evenings, some are available online and some courses are offered in the summer for continuing students.