Political Science Department

Master of Arts in Global Interactions (MAGI)

Prepare for Your Career in a Global Environment

Cleveland State’s Master of Arts in Global Interactions (MAGI) is a new degree designed to prepare professionals to respond to Ohio’s changing economy. As a major center for international interactions – in trade, finance, investment, politics and non-governmental organizations – as well as a key center for international security due to its Great Lakes location, the state needs an increasing number of people trained in skills for these jobs.

The MAGI degree is the only program in northeast Ohio designed to meet this growing demand for commercial, political and economic global experts. The degree was developed in consultation with employers who need professionals with specialized and technical skills in addition to analytic, cultural, linguistic, communicative and workplace skills.

As a professional, interdisciplinary degree, the MAGI is ideal for two groups: “mid-career” professionals who seek to upgrade their skills and baccalaureate students in social sciences and business who seek employment in professions with global linkages. The MAGI provides both groups with a thorough grounding in the disciplines, skills and approaches necessary for the complex nature of global studies.

Learn from Experts in Global Economics and Cultural Relations

In MAGI, you will be taught by outstanding faculty in Political Science, Economics, Communication, Business and Law who hold distinguished records of excellence as teachers, authors and researchers. You’ll gain new insights on the international economy, world politics, international negotiation and dispute resolution, and many other timely and career-relevant areas.

Required Courses
The MAGI degree consists of a total of 36 semester credit hours. It includes a five-course core (20 credit hours), one of two areas of concentration (12 credit hours), and an exit program.   

The five required core courses are:
PSC 501 Seminar in Applied Theories of  International Relations
ECN 582 International Economics
PSC 502 Seminar on International Political Economy
PSC 503 Political Risk, Early Warning  and Conflict Management 
COM 670 International Negotiation Strategy and Intercultural Communication Practices


You may select either of two concentrations: Global Business Interactions or Global Political Interactions. Each consists of three courses of four credit hours each. You should select your specialization according to your career goals.

Global Business Interactions
This concentration is intended for students who wish to specialize in international business, but seek a more comprehensive set of skills than those offered by traditional international MBA programs. 

Required Course:
MBA 602  International Business
In addition, you will select two courses from one of the following tracks:
International Economics

Global Political Interactions
This concentration is intended for students who wish to study governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental activity in global affairs to prepare for a career in these areas, including international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and not-for-profit agencies. 

Required Courses:
PSC 511  Global Governance
PSC 512  Non-State Actors in the Global Arena
In addition, students will take one course in History, Law, or other disciplines from a specified list of offerings.

Exit Requirement

The MAGI Exit Curriculum consists of 5 credits and is designed to enhance your skills in individual and group problem-solving. It includes a three-credit hour internship, the completion of an Exit Project, and a program in cross cultural awareness.

All MAGI students will take a three-hour internship or will engage in an international learning/study experience equivalent to a three semester hour course. Wherever possible, they will be placed abroad with a business, government agency or non-governmental organization conducting global transactions. Students will be expected to develop a specific project with measurable results.

Exit Project
All MAGI students will take a two-hour course designed to stress team problem solving skills. Students will design and implement a project involving commercial transactions, or address a global problem from a service-oriented approach.

Cross Cultural Awareness
Employers have consistently pointed to the need for master’s program graduates to gain an enhanced capacity to interact with and live in foreign societies and cultures. In the MAGI program, you will have ample opportunity to enhance your cross cultural awareness through:

  • Completing a Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory
  • A self-awareness workshop focusing on the student’s personal values, cultural biases and perceptions
  • A one-credit course in Cross Cultural Proficiency
  • Completion of two business language courses (French for Global Affairs: FRN 203 and Commercial Spanish: SPN 393)
  • A CSU Study Abroad Program or equivalent study abroad program

How to Apply

To apply to the program, you will need:

  • An undergraduate GPA of  3.0 or better or a GRE score in the 50th percentile or above
  • At least two letters of recommendation from undergraduate instructors at accredited institutions
  • Undergraduate degree in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, or a related discipline; or fulfillment of preparatory courses required for graduate courses in Economics and Business
  • Completion of Macro and Micro Economics course as undergraduates
  • TOEFL score of at least 520 for non-native English speaking foreign students Completion of any introductory course needed for the business tracks

The MAGI program planning and guidelines were written with the participation of local area firms. Click here to view the firms.

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Political Science Department
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1744
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Rhodes Tower, Room 1744
1860 E. 22nd Street
Virginia Varaljay
Phone: 216.687.4541
Fax: 216.687.5532
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