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Master of Arts in Global Interactions

Cleveland State University's Master of Arts in Global Interactions (MAGI) is a professional program that prepares students for employment in private, nonprofit, and governmental enterprises that have international operations. The program is not recommended for students seeking a Ph.D. or other higher academic degrees. Rather, it focuses on the development of skills needed in the modern, globalized marketplace. The program's approach is based on three principles:

  • Interdisciplinary breadth - with coursework from Economics, Communication, and World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures included in core offerings. Additional coursework from History, Law, Accounting, Finance, Management and Labor Relations, and Marketing may be chosen for specializations.
  • Balance - blending the advantages of traditional academic coursework and courses focusing on practical, problem-solving skills
  • Demand - The curriculum responds to the demands of our key stakeholders, and prepares students for the complexities of the global economy

Students choose between focuses in Global Business Interactions or Global Political Interactions. 

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Department of Political Sciences
Phone: 216.687.4541

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
      • If GPA is below 3.0, then a GRE Score in the 50% percentile or above is required. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • From undergraduate instructors at accredited institutions. 

If undergraduate degree is not in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, or a related discipline, fulfillment of preparatory courses is required for graduate courses in Economics and Business.

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 520
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester – May 15th
    • Spring Semester – October 15h
    • Summer Semester – March 15th


Program Requirements

  • PSC 501 - Applied Theories of International Relations
  • PSC 502 - Seminar on International Political Economy
  • PSC 503 - Political Risk, Early Warning and Conflict Management
  • ECN 582 - International Trade
  • COM 670 - International Negotiation Strategy and Practices

Global Business Interactions Concentration

  • MBA 602 - International Business AND one of the following course pairings:


  • ACT 501 - Financial Accounting

  • ACT 560 - International Accounting


  • FIN 501 - Financial Management

  • FIN 621 - International Financial Management

Management & Labor Relations

  • MGT 501 - Management & Organizational Behavior

  • MGT 601 - Managing Human Resources


  • MKT 501 - Marketing Management

  • MKT 601 - Marketing Strategy or MKT 608 - Global Marketing 

Global Political Interactions Concentration

  • PSC 511 - Non-State Actors in the Global Arena

  • PSC 512 - Global Governance

Plus any one of:

  • HIS 553 - 20Th-Century Europe, 1914 To The Present

  • HIS 567 - Latin America Since 1825

  • HIS 574 - 20th Century China

  • HIS 576 - Modern Africa Since 1800

  • LAW 553 - International Law

  • LAW 688 - International Business Transactions

  • Any organization that operates internationally seeks employees capable of understanding and bridging cultural gaps and differences. The MAGI program consequently requires that each graduating student demonstrate cross-cultural competence by taking WLC 502 - Intercultural Competence.
  • PSC 580 - MAGI Exit Project
  • PSC 585 - MAGI Internship or International study/life experience 
  • Note: Study/living abroad consists of a significant academic or living experience outside of the U.S. that fully immerses the individual into a non-U.S. culture. These must be approved by the program director to satisfy the requirement.

Did You Know?

The MAGI degree is the only program in northeast Ohio designed to meet the growing demand for commercial, political, cultural and economic global experts.


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Career Outcomes

  • The program is anchored by the assumption that the world is increasingly interdependent. As such, the skills offered by the program are relevant to virtually any profession. However, the program is more specifically oriented toward the following career areas: International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), Government Agencies with an International Focus, and International Businesses.
  • 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 political science, international relations, other social science degrees and business who seek employment in professions with global linkages.
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: American Express Global Business, Global Business Consulting, Lubrizol, Cision Global, Global Resources, and Materion Corporation.