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Master of Arts in Globalization (M.A.)Degree Details

1 Year
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, usually in Humanities or Social Sciences
Program Type:
Course-Based plus Major Research Paper
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Interdisciplinary Minor in Globalization Studies (Minor)Degree Details

Required Credential:
Enrolment in an Honours program.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

M.A.Master of Arts in Globalization

M.A. in Globalization is an interdisciplinary program that examines the complex political, social, economic, cultural, discursive and theoretical developments related to processes of globalization and how these come to bear upon our lives, our communities, and the environment in which we live. Research areas include: contemporary culture; diasporic, transnational and multicultural communities; global governance; international trade and finance; and social, environmental and labour issues.

This unique interdisciplinary MA program provides students with the opportunity to think creatively and critically about cultural, political, social and economic globalizing processes and their effects on the human condition. It is designed to provide its students with the specialist knowledge and transferable skills to pursue careers in global corporations, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. It also offers the benefit of a flexible and interdisciplinary set of courses while allowing for future study in a core discipline.

Full-time studies:

  • six 3-unit (single semester) courses (or equivalent) at the graduate level, including two core courses (GLOBALST 710 in fall, GLOBALST 709 in winter), two other Globalization courses, at least one of which should be offered by IGHC, and two electives (which students may concentrate in a single discipline).
  • 40-page Major Research Paper (MRP, GLOBALST 708): each student is required to prepare a proposal for his/her MRP and identify a potential supervisor and second reader during the winter term. The MRP will be completed during the spring/summer session and will be graded as a pass or a fail.

Part-time studies:

  • Part-time students usually complete one course per semester to finish within three years.
  • Courses are 13 weeks and students must attend one three-hour seminar on campus per course per week.
  • Few courses will be taught in the evenings; if you cannot attend daytime classes you will not be able to complete the degree.
  • Please note that we are unable to provide financial support or teaching assistantships (TA-ships) for part-time students.

Admission requirements:

  • Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Humanities or Social Sciences. Students with degrees in undergraduate Honours programs outside the Humanities and Social Sciences where there is a component of relevant courses will also be considered.
  • An average of B+ or better in the final two years of full-time studies (or equivalent).
  • Facility in a second language and experience in another country or with an international organization are assets.
  • Degrees and grades from foreign universities are evaluated for their equivalency to McMaster’s.
  • These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission which is on a competitive basis.

Required Documents:

Official Transcripts

  • All post-secondary academic work completed to date
  • Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to IGHC
  • If the final transcript does not show that all degree requirements have been met or the degree is conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required

Two academic references

  • From instructors most familiar with your academic work
  • McMaster University uses an Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf

Statement of Interest

  • To be uploaded to your online application
  • The statement is a maximum of 500 words i.e., two double-spaced pages.
  • To explain why you are interested in this program and why you think you are a good fit

Curriculum Vitae

  • To be uploaded to your online application

English Language Proficiency (if applicable)

  • This document is required from those whose university studies were completed at an institution where English is not deemed the official language of instruction and/or from those whose native language is not English
  • One official copy of an applicant's English language proficiency exam dated within 2 years of the application due date
  • The most common English Language proficiency exams:
    • TOEFL: minimum score of 92 (internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based), minimum of 20 per band. Please use TOEFL department code 080 other Social Sciences.
    • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section
  • Other English language tests may be accepted. More details about the University's English Language Requirements can be found in "section 2.1.11" of the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Calendar

How to Apply:

Each applicant is required to complete the Graduate Studies Online Application which opens in November each year and submit the above supporting documents to complete the application. Documents are to be sent to:

Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
McMaster University
L.R. Wilson Hall Room 2021
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4K1

Application Deadline:

  • January 15 to be guaranteed consideration.
  • We continue to accept and review applications after this date until all of the spaces in the program have been filled. However, students are encouraged to apply in sufficient time to meet the scholarship deadlines

M.A. Program Funding:

  • Graduate scholarship range from $3000 to $5000; and
  • A teaching assistantship involves 130 (a half TA or for one course) or 260 (a full TA or for two courses) hours of work over the academic year and valued $5559.40 or $11118.80.

Additional Scholarships (on a competitive basis)

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

The Harry Lyman Hooker Senior Scholarship

  • Given to students who are entering the first year of a Master's or Doctoral program at McMaster in those Humanities or Social Sciences disciplines or fields of study that receive funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (or its successor)
  • Master's awards are valued at $15,000 and are normally for one year only
  • Students are nominated for the competition in March

 CGS-M (Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s):

  • CGS-M supports students in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada's three federal granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • The selection process and post-award administration are carried out at the university level, under the guidance of the three agencies.
  • Valued $17,500 for 12 months, non-renewable

OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarships):

  • Master's students, who apply for a CGS-M and choose McMaster as one of their institutions, will be considered for McMaster’s central competition for the OGS award, no separate application is needed.
  • By answering Yes to the question, “Do you wish to be considered for the OGS” on the Graduate Program Application form, applicants are considered for faculty OGS awards no matter if they applied for SSHRC or not.
  • Valued $15,000

International (VISA) Students


  • One per faculty
  • No separate application needed
  • Valued $15,000

Tuition Bursaries (VTB):

  • Tuition bursaries are available to VISA students on a competitive basis
  • These are awarded to help off-set the cost of tuition
  • No separate application needed
  • Valued $5,000 for 2016-17

McMaster International Excellence Awards (IEA):

  • McMaster International Excellence Awards recognize excellence in academics, research, and extracurricular activities.
  • A limited number of IEA are open to international students
  • No separate application needed
  • Valued $5,000 for 2016-17

Academic Advising

  • The Graduate Advisor (Director of IGHC) provides academic advising to students for course selection, MRP topics and supervisors, and any other academic related questions.

MRP Workshops

  • IGHC hosts two MRP workshops in the beginning of winter term to help students start with their MRPs.

MRP work-in-progress Colloquium

  • IGHC hosts an MRP work-in-progress colloquium in May for the students to talk about their MRPs as works in progress, and to receive feedback and suggestions from their peer students and professors on how they might make improvements as they go forward with their projects Incoming students are invited to this event for them to connect with the professors and current students early and to learn about the program in a more in-depth way.

Globalization MA Student Research Support Fund

  • An Institute fund is available to support the research activities of its Globalization MA students.  The fund’s primary function is to contribute toward the costs of expenses that are incurred in field research for the Major Research Paper.  Other research activities (e.g. conference presentation) will also be considered, depending on available funds. Students are expected to pursue additional funds from other sources. 

All courses are half courses, and not all these courses will be offered annually.

Core Courses:

  • Globalst 708 / Major Research Paper
  • Globalst 709 / Designing Global Research: Approaches, Methods, and Techniques
  • Globalst 710 / Globalization: An Introduction

Courses Offered by IGHC:

  • Globalst 701 / Topics in Globalization Studies I
  • Globalst 702 / Topics in Globalization Studies II
  • Globalst 704 / Global Social Policy
  • Globalst 712 / International Trade and Development
  • Globalst 715 / Globalization and China
  • Globalst 718 / Global Actors Beyond the State: Methods and Cases
  • Globalst 732 / Global Health and Environment Policy
  • Globalst 749 / Global health crises: An interdisciplinary perspective

Courses Cross Listed with Other Programs:

  • Globalst 703 / Acts of Global Citizenship (same as Cultr St 707)
  • Globalst 705 / Global Public Policy (same as Poli Sci 705)
  • Globalst 707 / Religion and Globalization (same as Religious Studies 768)
  • Globalst 714 / The United States and Globalization since the Late Nineteenth Century (same as History 714)
  • Globalst 716 / Liberalism and Imperialism(same as Poli Sci 715)
  • Globalst 717 / Global Sex (same as CSCT 717 and English 717)
  • Globalst 719 / Comparative Authoritarianism (same as Poli Sci 716)
  • Globalst 720 / Topics in Political Culture (same as Anthro 720)
  • Globalst 723 / Global Environmental History (same as History 723)
  • Globalst 725 / Political Economy of Global Climate Change (same as Poli Sci 768)
  • Globalst 727 / The New Constellation of Race: Sovereignty, Citizenship, Social Death (same as CSCT 727 and English 727)
  • Globalst 730 / Work and Democracy in Global Society (same as Work & Soci 730)
  • Globalst 731 / Anxiety Disorders: The Cultural Politics of Risk (same as CSCT 731 and English 731)
  • Globalst 741 / Theories of Political Community (same as Poli Sci 757)
  • Globalst 746 / Science, Technology, and Nature (same as History 746)
  • Globalst 747 / Discourses of Empire 1700-1820 (same as CSCT 747 and English 747)
  • Globalst 748 / The Qur’an in a Global Context (same as Religious Studies 748)
  • Globalst 755 / Neoliberalism and the Limits of the Social (same as CSCT and English 755)
  • Globalst 757 / The British Empire & Global Integration 1815-1960 (same as History 757)
  • Globalst 758 / Cosmopolitanism and Its Critics (same as Poli Sci 758)
  • Globalst 761 / Themes in the History of Post-Slavery African Diaspora (same as History761)
  • Globalst 763 / International Water Policy (same as Poli Sci 763 and SEP 756)
  • Globalst 764 / Global Power, Local Cultures: Comparative Colonialism in African (same as History 764)
  • Globalst 765 / Biopolitics: An Introduction (same as CSCT 765 and English 765)
  • Globalst 766 / Islamic Fundamentalism (same as Religious Studies 766)
  • Globalst 767 / Islam in a Global World (same as Religious Studies 767)
  • Globalst 768 / Imperialism and Medicine (same as History 766)
  • Globalst 770 / Globalization and the Canadian State (same as Poli Sci 770)
  • Globalst 771 / Politics of the Global South: an International Relations Perspective (same as Poli Sci 767)
  • Globalst 774 / Global Political Economy (same as Poli Sci 774)
  • Globalst 777 / Global Governance (same as Poli Sci 777)
  • Globalst 779 / The Times We Live In (same as CSCT and English 779)
  • Globalst 782 / Diasporas, Transnationalism, and Religious Identities (same as Anthro 782 and Religious Studies 782)                    
  • Globalst 784 / Decolonizing Bodies (same as CSCT 784 and English 784)
  • Globalst 786 / Global Futures: Theory, Practice and Possibility (same as Anthro 786)
  • Globalst 787 / Post-colonial Ecologies (same as CSCT 787 and English 787)
  • Globalst 788 / Writing Diaspora: Literature, Community, and Displacement (same as CSCT 788 and English 788)
  • Globalst 789 / Global Finance (same as Poli Sci 789)
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For more information:
Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
L.R. Wilson Hall Room 2021
905-525-9140 ext. 27556
1 Year
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent, usually in Humanities or Social Sciences
Program Type:
Course-Based plus Major Research Paper
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
Current Deadline:
February 12 (extended deadline)

MinorInterdisciplinary Minor in Globalization Studies

The minor in Globalization Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore the complex idea of globalization from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students will complete courses from both the Humanities and Social Sciences faculties that cover a wide variety of themes related to globalization, and will be able to tailor their course selection according to their interests.


24 units total (of which no more than 6 units may be from Level 1 courses)

3 units


  • GLOBALZN 1A03 - Global Citizenship

21 units

  • from Course Lists 1, 2 and 3 (see below). At least 9 of these units must be selected from outside the student’s own program, and no more than 12 units may be selected from any one of the three lists.
  • GLOBALZN 3A03 is strongly recommended to all students interested in pursuing a Minor in Globalization Studies.
  • Students who began studies prior to September 2016 should consult the relevant Undergraduate Calendar from their initial year of study for previous requirements of the Minor in Globalization Studies. For additional information, please contact or extension 27556.

GLOBALZN 1A03 - Global Citizenship, Term 1 2017-18, TBD, Dr. Liam Stockdale

  • This course will offer an interdisciplinary introduction to globalization through a critical engagement with the idea of "global citizenship" in the contemporary context. The political, economic, and cultural dimensions of globalization will be examined, and students will reflect upon what it means to be a "global citizen" in light of how such dynamics shape questions of identity, agency, power, and resistance.

GLOBALZN 3A03 - Globalization, Social Justice, and Human Rights, Term 1 2017-18, TBD

  • This course examines competing theories, issues, and debates relating to the promotion of social justice and human rights in a globalizing world. Students use course-integrated social networking to interact and collaborate with peers from partner universities across the globe where versions of this course are simultaneously taught.
  • Three hours (lectures); one term Prerequisite(s): GLOBALZN 1A03

Thematic Course Lists

List 1 - Environment, Sustainability, and Economic Development

  • ANTHROP 3C03 - Health and Environment: Anthropological Approaches
  • EARTHSC 2WW3 - Water and the Environment
  • EARTHSC 3CC3 - Earth's Changing Climate
  • ECON 2F03 - The Political Economy of Development
  • ECON 3H03 - International Monetary Economics
  • ECON 3HH3 - International Trade
  • ECON 3R03
  • ECON 3T03 - Economic Development
  • GEOG 1HB3 - Human Geographies: City and Economy
  • GEOG 2RW3 - World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 2TC3
  • GEOG 2UI3 - Cities in a Changing World
  • GEOG 3EE3 - Energy and Society
  • GEOG 3LT3 - Transportation Geography
  • GEOG 3TG3 - Geographies of Globalization
  • GEOG 3UG3
  • GEOG 3UW3 - Cities of the Developing World
  • LABRST 1C03 - Voices of Work, Resistance and Change
  • LABRST 2E03
  • LABRST 2G03 - Labour and Globalization
  • LABRST 3G03
  • LABRST 4E03
  • PEACEST 4J03
  • PEACEST 4L03 - Peace, Environment and Health
  • POLSCI 2J03 - Global Political Economy
  • POLSCI 2XX3 - Politics of the Developing World
  • POLSCI 3EE3 - International Relations: North-South
  • POLSCI 3LL3 - Development and Public Policy


List 2 - Peace, Security, and Human Rights

  • ARTSSCI 3GJ3 - Global Justice Inquiry
  • GEOG 3TP3 - Power, Politics and Place
  • GLOBALZN 3A03 - Globalization, Social Justice, and Human Rights
  • HLTHAGE 4G03 - Global Health
  • HISTORY 2UV3 - American Foreign Relations since 1898
  • HISTORY 2Y03 - The Second World War: A Global History
  • HISTORY 3XX3 - Human Rights in History
  • HISTORY 4G03
  • HISTORY 4JJ3 - U.S. Foreign Relations
  • PEACEST 1A03 - Introduction to Peace Studies
  • PEACEST 2B03 - Human Rights and Social Justice
  • PEACEST 3D03 - Globalization and Peace
  • PEACEST 3Y03 - Special Topics in Peace Studies
  • PEACEST 3B03 - Peace-Building and Health Initiatives
  • PEACEST 3Z03 - Women and Men in War and Peace
  • PEACEST 4G03 - Peace Through Health: Praxis
  • PEACEST 4K03 - International Agency and Peace
  • PHILOS 3N03 - Political Philosophy
  • PHILOS 3P03 - Philosophies of War and Peace
  • POLSCI 2H03 - Globalization and the State
  • POLSCI 2I03 - Global Politics
  • POLSCI 3B03 - Honours Issues in International Relations and Global Public Policy
  • POLSCI 3G03 - Ethnicity and Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice
  • POLSCI 3K03 - Migration and Citizenship: Canadian, Comparative and Global Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3KK3 - Genocide: Sociological and Political Perspectives
  • POLSCI 3LB3 - Globalization and the World Order
  • POLSCI 3X03 - Contemporary Security Issues
  • POLSCI 3Y03 - Democratization and Human Rights
  • RELIGST 2H03 - Theory and Practice of Non-Violence
  • SOCIOL 2E06
  • SOCIOL 2FF3 - The Sociology of 'Race' and Ethnicity
  • SOCIOL 2R03 - Perspectives on Social Inequality
  • SOCIOL 2RR3 - Case Studies of Social Inequality
  • SOCIOL 3Z03 - Ethnic Relations
  • SOCIOL 4A03 - Ethnic/Racial Tensions


List 3 - Globalization and Culture

  • ANTHROP 2RP3 - Religion and Power in the Past
  • ANTHROP 2WA3 - World Archaeology
  • ANTHROP 3F03 - Anthropology and the 'Other'
  • CMST 3II3 - Communication and the Politics of Intellectual Property
  • CMST 4D03 - International Communication
  • ENGLISH 3A03 - Critical Race Studies
  • ENGLISH 3R06
  • ENGLISH 4RI3 - Colonialism and Resistance in Representations of Indigenous Womanhood
  • ENGLISH 4RS3 - Reading, Spirituality and Cultural Politics
  • ENGLISH 4WI3 - Bollywood and Beyond
  • ENGLISH 4WL3 - Globalization and Postcolonial Fiction
  • GEOG 1HA3 - Human Geographies: Society and Culture
  • HLTHAGE 4D03 - Health in Cross-Cultural and International Perspectives
  • HISTORY 2A03 - Modern Middle Eastern Societies
  • HISTORY 3UA3 - The History of the Future
  • HISTORY 2EE3 - Science and Technology in World History
  • HISTORY 2G03 - Modern Latin America Since 1820
  • HISTORY 2JJ3 - Africa since 1800
  • HISTORY 2MC3 - Modern China
  • HISTORY 3CG3 - Canadians in a Global Age, 1914 to the Present
  • HISTORY 4H03 - The Making of Modern China
  • PEACEST 2C03 - Peace and Popular Culture
  • PHILOS 2G03 - Social and Political Issues
  • PHILOS 4F03 - Issues in Continental Philosophy
  • RELIGST 1B03 - What on Earth is Religion?
  • RELIGST 2M03 - Death and Dying: Comparative Views
  • RELIGST 2Q03 - Introduction to Islam
  • RELIGST 2TA3 - Islam in North America
  • RELIGST 3C03 - Islam in the Modern World
  • SOCIOL 3U03 - Sociology of Sexualities
  • SOCIOL 4UU3 - Global Family and Sexual Politics
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For more information:
Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition
L.R. Wilson Hall Room 2021
905-525-9140 ext. 27556
Required Credential:
Enrolment in an Honours program.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry: