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Live and study in three countries!

The University of Prince Edward Island is excited to partner with Madrid's Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) to deliver a joint one-year Master in Global Affairs program.

The Master in Global Affairs program has a proven track record at URJC for developing students with the knowledge, insights, and talents needed to help address and solve some of the most critical challenges facing our world.

The program integrates rigorous coursework under the supervision of a multi-disciplinary faculty. Students will have the support of policymakers, members of international courts, members of NGOs, and be part of an international network of students.

With this new delivery model beginning in September 2018, students will enroll at UPEI for the first four months of study and then spend up to eight months at URJC's Madrid and Strasbourg campuses to complete their degree.

The language of instruction in Canada and Europe is English.

UPEI and URJC are known for excellence and academic environments that are oriented to research, innovation, and learning. Both institutions have a strong interest in interdisciplinary studies and collaboration that seeks to provide solutions to real-world problems.

If you're interested in careers in international relations, diplomacy, law, policy development, and minorities' and refugees' rights, this program is for you.

Course Structure

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.

The Master in Global Affairs is a course-based program that is designed to develop the knowledge, insights, and talents needed to help address and solve some of the most critical challenges facing our world.

Students will apply and register at the University of Prince Edward Island for the first four months of study, taking the courses listed below. Students will then transfer to URJC's Madrid and Strasbourg campuses where they will take the remaining required courses for graduation.

Comparative Human Rights of the Americas 
This course seeks to examine the evolution of a human rights system in the western hemisphere over the course of the immigrant explosion that has occurred over the past 530 years. Over time, hemispheric human rights arrangements have emerged which share similarities and differences at both the regional and national level. Through historical analysis, this course will endeavour to shed considerable light on the origins, development, promotion, and protection of human rights in the Americas.

Comparative Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (north, central, and south). The course looks at the different systems of colonization and how they have affected cultures and peoples to the present day. It begins by exploring the development of the conventional understanding of Universal Human Rights and then moves to study the major concepts in Indigenous Human Rights including OIT article 169 and the 2007 UN declaration. Topics include land ownership; access to education in original languages; control of natural resources; sustainable environments; treaties, ejidos, encomiendas, and reservations.

Globalization and International Organizations: Economic, Legal, and Policy Challenges 
This course examines the relationship and interplay between globalization and national interests, as reflected in national economic policies. Topics include theories of international political economy in relation to foreign aid and international development and international trade, as well as the roles played by international organizations and non-state actors, such as NGOs that focus on foreign aid and development.
Food, Health, and Human Security
This course examines local, national, and international issues related to food, health and food security. Topics include the production and distribution of food resources in a global economy; social, political and economic factors impacting health and human security, health implications of human and animal diseases; and epidemiological approaches to identify threats and interventions to maintain a healthy food system.

International Climate Change Diplomacy 
Most countries are signatories to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and subsequent protocols and accords that govern climate change management in their respective country. This course provides an historical and analytical view for understanding international climate change relations, identifies the main actors and their roles, and presents the core theories and facts about international climate change governance. Using lectures, seminars, videos, guest speakers, case studies, team projects and role-playing exercises, this course provides the opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills in the international climate change agreement process of negotiation, the actors involved in the agreements, the terminology of agreements, the "guts" of a general agreement, ratification of agreements, responsibilities of signatory nations, and the effectiveness of agreements. Students will even role-play as various countries to negotiate their own climate change agreement.

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Admission?

Applicants must provide, and will be assessed for admission, on:

  • An application form (via the UPEI Application portal) 
  • The UPEI Application fee (via the UPEI Application portal) 
  • Official post-secondary transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional)
  • Statement of intent (one page)
  • Resume or CV
  • Confirmation of English language proficiency (if required)

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please review the English Language Requirements for graduate programs.

Application Deadline
Make sure you apply before the deadline!

The application deadline for this program is April 30.

You do not have to secure a supervisor prior to applying to this program. Visit the Potential Graduate Supervisors page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for contact information.

Fees and Funding


Master in Global Affairs - $6,500 plus administration fees

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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