Global Development and Peace, M.A.

Global Visionaries Welcome.

As one of the select schools granted NGO-status by the United Nations, UB has a long history of educating with a global perspective. The online degree program prepares students for careers in international diplomacy, global development, conflict analysis and mediation, foreign investment and more.




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Terms a Year


International Internship

Program Prerequisites

  • 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 language study or the equivalent (must be completed by the end of the program)
  • Ability to travel internationally to complete an overseas internship

Required Materials

  • University of Bridgeport Application
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from every school attended
  • Two recommendation letters
    • Letters must be signed and come from employers, professors or professional associates. They should comment on your work ethic, communication skills and ability to complete a graduate degree program
  • Personal statement
    • In 250 – 500 words, detail why you are seeking this degree, how you expect to apply your degree to your professional career after graduation and why you seek to pursue your degree through the University of Bridgeport
  • Resume

Optional Materials

  • GRE (General Test) scores for scholarship consideration


Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

  • August 1 for Fall (August)

Early applications are strongly encouraged as program space is limited.


Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.

The Global Development and Peace online program is 36-credit program.

Core Courses (15 Credits)

GLDP 501 Research Methods and International Development

This is an introductory course in qualitative and quantitative research methods. It is designed to introduce you to basic concepts and issues encountered in research investigation. We will discuss what research is, the tools of research, research design, and writing the research report. Included will be an introduction to a diversity of research methods, including survey, historical research, participant and non-participant observation, experimental design, and content analysis. An overview of statistical means of data interpretation also will be presented, including correlations, t-tests, chi-square tests, and so forth. Legal and ethical issues related to research, including research with human subjects, will be examined.

Credits: 3

GLDP 511 Issues in Economic Development

This course introduces students to contending theories of development and underdevelopment, and critically examines progress towards development in the South. Students are expected to familiarize themselves through extensive research, with theory and case studies of development and underdevelopment, policies and modalities that have been adopted by states, bilateral, and multilateral levels.

Credits: 3

GLDP 522 International Conflict and Negotiation

This course examines theories about and sources of conflict (resource allocation and shortage; ideological, religious, and cultural disagreement; power distribution; perceptions of security; etc) to set the stage for conflict analysis and negotiation. Culturally sensitive strategies of negotiation, conflict resolution, and mediation also are examined and experienced.

Credits: 3

GLDP 528 Sociopolitical Implications of World Religions

Once considered an archaic force, destined to wither away as nations underwent rapid economic development, religion has instead gained renewed interest as a factor in contemporary political life. However, this is not merely a course on comparative religion. It is a course that surveys and compares the role of religion in global politics, international relations, and domestic policy. It is clear that religion has and continues to play a major role in the politics of nation-states and the development of the international system. While the world seemed primarily focused on the recent role of political Islam, this course recognizes the role of all major religions (defined as those faiths with a “world-wide” presence) in the shaping of politics in the domestic contexts of nations and world politics.

Credits: 3

GLDP 540 Culture and International Development

This course examines theories of development and culture and the inherent cultural assumptions of Western models of socioeconomic development, the predominant models of today. This course will identify the ways in which Western cultural assumptions can clash with the religious and social underpinnings of the non-Western world. Using tools such as the case study method, learners will identify ways in which potential clashes are anticipated based on a region’s history and cultural heritage. Learners will assess current approaches to addressing culture-related challenges in development and, when appropriate, propose alternative or adapted development strategies for East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Saharan/Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

Credits: 3

Specialization & Electives (12 Credits)

(Some management classes are taken online through UB's Ernest C. Trefz School of Business)

EAPRS 524 Political and Economic Integration

This course explores levels of political and economic integration including preferential trade agreements, customs unions, economic unions and federalism. The course considers historical and contemporary models including the European Union, MERCOSUR, ASEAN and recent China-based initiatives. The course examines shortcomings of, and successful attempts at, political and economic integration.

Credits: 3

MGMT 539 International Issues

This course focuses on current international issues that affect business operations at home and abroad. Changing business environments are discussed and analyzed. Students are required to formulate new global business strategies in light of emerging international trends and events. In some cases, students may supplement their study by field trips and on-site analysis.

Course is offered through the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business

Credits: 3

MGMT 555 Global Program and Project Management

This course focuses on the managerial aspects of how to effectively manage, plan and execute programs and projects with a focus on high quality deliverables: arriving on time, within budget, within scope, and to the customer’s satisfaction. Areas covered will include program and project management life cycle phases, executive sponsorship, portfolio investment management selection and prioritization, requirements, scope and project charters, planning, development, estimating, staffing, leadership, scheduling, risk management, change management, project metrics, vendor integration and management and other related topics. This course is based on current and emerging best practices and principles. Project Management certification requirements and real world case studies are discussed.

Course is offered through the Ernest C. Trefz School of Business.

Credits: 3

GLDP 543 Communication and National Development

The focus of this course is on communication and national development and nationbuilding. Students will learn how media, communication, and information can be used to improve economic, political, and cultural conditions of people around the world. In particular, the course will look into the functions media communication and social marketing demonstrate in reducing poverty, combating hunger, improving literacy, promoting public health care, fighting corruption, and protecting the environment among others.

Credits: 3

GLDP 561 Sustainable Development

The concept of sustainable development addresses development in a way that balances the fulfillment of human needs with protecting the environment for future generations, taking into account social, economic, and ecological factors. The goal of sustainable development policies is not only to meet present human needs but to preserve the environment in such a way as to not jeopardize the ability of future generations to meet their needs (including not just economically or nutritionally beneficial goods, but also the quality of life).

Credits: 3


Internship and Thesis Courses (9 credits)

GLDP 591 Internship

Students will complete an eight-week crosscultural internship with international organization or overseas school, agency or company. A written report by the student and an assessment of the Student’s performance by the agency where the student interns will be submitted as the basis of evaluation.

Credits: 3

GLDP 598 Tutorial

The tutorial is offered at the completion of the internship. The tutorial invites students in the Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace program to reflect on their internship   experience based on the student’s experiences prior to and during the tutorial, The tutorial also prepares students for the program’s comprehensive exam that includes both an oral and a written component and is conducted in the final weeks of the tutorial class. As a part of the tutorial students also assemble a portfolio of all of the major papers and projects that they have completed during the program and a written reflection on that work.

Credits: 3

GLDP 599 Thesis

As a final project demonstrating competency, students are asked to write and defend a thesis.

Credits: 3

The Master of Arts in Global Development and Peace distance learning program 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

As a student, you will complete an internship as part of the Global Development and Peace distance learning program. The internship is designed to provide students with an immersion in the language and culture that they are studying. It should also allow them to experience the work of Intergovernmental, non-governmental or governmental organization in that setting.

Students from the United States and other English speaking countries will complete an overseas internship in a country in which the foreign language they have studied is spoken. Other international students can complete their internship either in the United States or overseas. You will complete at least 18 credits in the Global Development and Peace program prior to starting your internship.

Where Our Students Intern

Students have worked in a variety of settings including:

  • Expanding community outreach for a nonprofit in Kenya
  • Assisting in a Rwandan refugee camp
  • Implementing and managing programs and securing funding for a nonprofit committed to supporting Children in West Africa
  • Supporting the efforts of U.S. and foreign government officials in the U.S. Department of State
  • Serving in the support staff at the International Court of Justice at the Hague
  • Supporting Peacekeeping operations at the United Nations
  • Working on projects dedicated to improving the status and living conditions of young girls in Burkina Faso

Graduates of the online Global Development and Peace program are prepared for careers in fields such as:

  • Communications
  • Conflict Analysis and Mediation
  • International Diplomacy
  • International Development
  • International Business
  • INGO Management
  • Foreign Investment in Developing Countries
  • Risk Analysis
  • International Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations


Career Assistance

UB's Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become an active participant in your own academic, professional, and career development.

Services provided include basics like resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, negotiation, goal assessment, and personal branding.

What's UBJobnet?

UBjobnet is UB’s internal job portal–open only to UB students and alumni! Here, you can access a variety of opportunities posted by local and national employers. Search for jobs/internships, submit your resume online, register for career related events, or all of the above.

To access UBjobnet:

  • Login to the myUB Portal
  • Click on the “Quick Links” box on the right side to navigate to UBjobnet
  • Find the resources that suit your needs:
    • Job Search: Find full-time, part-time, internship, student employment and volunteer opportunities
    • Email me new jobs: Set up job alerts by clicking “Email me new jobs” located above your search results. Use specific keywords to help tailor your emails to match your interests
    • Career Events: Register for and learn about more upcoming events
    • Employer Directory: Find and research companies related to your desired field
  • Upload your updated resume and cover letters to UBjobnet to be able to easily apply to posted positions through the system
  • Update your major, GPA, and graduation year in your profile to receive information on jobs and events related to your field

Program Requirements

As a student in the Global Development and Peace M.A. online program, your curriculum is divided into three parts: core courses, a specialized track, and internship and thesis coursework. If you take two courses a term (fall, spring and summer) you can complete the program in two years.

Core Courses

Four core courses provide a strong foundation in international economic development, conflict analysis and negotiation, the sociopolitical implication of the world religions, and research methods.

Specialized Track & Electives

After completing your core coursework, you will select from courses focusing on Political Economy and Development and Global Management. Some courses for the global management track are offered online through UB's Ernest C. Trefz's School of Business.

International Internship

All students in the Global Development and Peace distance learning program will complete an internship. Students from the U.S. or other English-speaking countries must complete an internship in a country in which the foreign language they have studied is spoken. International students have the option of doing their internship either in the United States or overseas.

You must complete at least 18 semester hours in the program before starting your internship.

Language Studies

You must complete two years of undergraduate study in a single foreign language or demonstrate competency at that level. If you have not done so, prior to the end of the program, you must complete at least two years of university study in a second language in addition to English.

Comprehensive Exam

To graduate, you must complete a comprehensive written and oral exam to show mastery of the program’s key content. The exam focuses on the programmatic and course outcomes for the Global Development and Peace program and does not cover content from the specialized tracks. The exams are completed in the final weeks of GLDP 598: Tutorial, which you will complete after your internship experience.

Minimum Grade Point Average

Candidates for the Masters of Arts in Global Development and Peace (GLDP) are required to maintain a minimum semester grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing. The Master of Arts in Global Development may only be conferred upon a student who has the minimum required average of a 3.0 at the conclusion of the students studies. To receive credit for the completion of one of the tracks, a minimum of a "B" must be received in each course within the concentration.

Students failing to maintain minimum academic standards will be placed on academic probation at the end of the first semester in which they do not maintain a semester or overall GPA of at least 3.0 or earn a "C-" or lower in any class. If the student fails to raise his overall GPA above a 3.0 by the end of the semester following being placed on academic probation, fails again to earn at least a 3.0 semester GPA or again earns a "C-" or lower grade in any class, she or he will be separated from the GLDP program.

A student separated from the program may apply for readmission to the program following a minimum of one semester of not participating in the program. If, following this, the student does not achieve the needed 3.0, he or she is definitively separated from the program.

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