Global Studies (GST) majors at University of Washington Bothell explore the cultural, political, and economic systems that bind people across the world.  They gain the historical perspective needed to assess claims about “globalization,” and develop the critical and analytical skills necessary to understand the forces that shape our world.
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Global Studies program at University of Washington Bothell  emphasizes critical research skills, historical depth, and the use of a range of theories and frameworks. Those may include theories of representation, political economy, feminism, nationalism, human rights, social movements, critical development studies, and postcolonialism.

Faculty who teach in GST work across a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, including history, anthropology, the arts, feminist studies, sociology, political economy, critical race studies, cultural and media studies, geography, environmental studies, and human rights. GST students learn to think critically about the history and practice of globalization through interpretation, empirical research, digital mapping and other forms of project-based learning.

Graduating GST students are particularly well-equipped to pursue professional careers in areas that are focused on the ways in which we globally interact today. These include international relations, non-governmental organizations, law, education, journalism, environmental justice, global health, business, policy and advocacy, and philanthropic organizations. GST students are also prepared for advanced study in geography, gender studies, anthropology, history, media and cultural studies, political science, and international studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    68 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Science Methods and Practice
  • Approaches to Social Research
  • Understanding Statistics
  • Approaches to Cultural Research
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Globalization
  • Issues in Global Cultural Studies
  • International Study Abroad
  • Contemporary Political Ideas and Ideologies
  • Topics in Global Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Global Studies
  • Global Englishes

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completion of College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR’s)
  • Submission of official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Proof of English language proficiency is required for all students who did not complete most of their primary and secondary education in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36519 USD/year
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  • National

    11138 USD/year
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International students currently enrolled in the UW have access to limited institutional funding options such as merit-based scholarships, general scholarships open to all UW students, grants that support various student experiences, and on-campus student work positions. 

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