Global Studies

Program Objectives

The doctoral degree in Global Studies at UMass Lowell is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree. The program was designed to provide a theoretically grounded and methodologically sophisticated education, and will train students and working professionals who wish to enter academia, government service, international agencies, private business and industry, and non-profit organizations both in the USA and abroad.  The curriculum of the Global Studies Ph.D. program is geared toward gaining new knowledge and skills through study, research, and experiential learning opportunities and to meeting the needs of public and private sectors that may serve as potential employers for the program’s graduates. 

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Utilize qualitative and/or quantitative methods to conduct research on major issues related to globalization
  • Assess the effectiveness of organizations and programs
  • Utilize effective communication skills in more than one language and across a range of situations
  • Create opportunities to promote effective citizenship, social justice, and socio-economic development
  • Employ mediation and negotiation skills to achieve conflict resolution
  • Collaboratively identify and demonstrate leadership in meeting needs within communities
  • Publicize best practices and innovative findings through teaching, presentations, and publications in various formats
  • Manage people, resources, and projects in an international setting with demonstrated abilities to work cross-culturally

Graduates of the program will also demonstrate the following knowledge competencies:
  • Globally shared political, social, economic, cultural, artistic, environmental, and security issues
  • Current academic research in the fields covered by one of the program tracks (Security and Human Rights; Socio-Economic Development; or Comparative Cultures) as well as a broad familiarity with key topics in all three areas
  • An understanding of the key concepts, theories, and methodology in the new and emerging field of Global Studies
  • An understanding of the diverse aspects of global civil society--such as political economy, relationships, security, human rights, religion, ethical and historical perspectives, artistic expression, culture, and environmental protection--that affect our contemporary world in significant ways
  • A working knowledge of the organizations, institutions and global systems having important roles in the development and maintenance of global civil society, human rights and social justice, and economic growth and stability
  • Both advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods 
  • A second language