Global Studies

Potential Careers for GLS Graduates

A Ph.D. in Global Studies equips graduates with cross-cultural knowledge and a deep understanding of the institutions and processes that shape the world. Below are potential areas of employment in public and private sector organizations for which GLS graduates may wish to pursue:

  • Creative economy: Non-profit arts and cultural organizations; makers, creators and educators in art, music, media, literature and the humanities
  • Defense and Security: U.S. Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, National Nuclear Security Agency, U.S. National Security Council (e.g., topic or regional director)
  • Economic development: World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, Inter-American Development Bank, US International Trade Commission, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developmen
  • Environmental management and protection: World Wildlife Fund, Sierra International
  • Global and community health: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Human justice organizations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UN Commission on Human Rights, International Bill of Rights Project (e.g., research director, project manager, etc.) 
  • Inter-governmental organizations: United Nations agencies such as UNDP, UNESCO, UNEP, UNICEF, UNHCR (officer, staff consultant, research analyst, project director), International Labor Organization
  • International business: multinational corporations in virtually all industries, including Import/Export, pharmaceuticals, marketing agencies, Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Disney, Coca Cola, etc. (global human resources manager, marketing or business analyst, etc.)
  • International development and service agencies: U.S. Agency for International Development, Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, Peace Corps, Direct Relief International, OXFAM, CIDA 
  • International law enforcement and criminal justice: INTERPOL, International Criminal Court, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Treasury Department
  • International news media: CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc. (analysts, reporters, correspondents, etc.)
  • International philanthropies: Ford Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Kellogg Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.
  • International professional associations: International Communications Association, Alliance for Conflict Transformation, Women in International Trade (misc. leadership positions)
  • International relations: Foreign Service officer, diplomat, embassy staff (or other U.S. State Department official); NATO civilian staff
  • Travel and tourism: travel agencies, global tours, cruise lines

Graduates of the doctoral program in Global Studies will also be well-positioned for a variety of teaching and research positions at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and other countries. Depending on the student’s area of focus, the doctoral program in global studies at UMass Lowell will prepare students for faculty positions in ethnic/multicultural studies, economics, political science, international security studies, public policy, global art or music education, and many other kinds of degree programs. Further, Global Studies is one of the fastest growing fields, and correspondingly, the number of undergraduate and master’s programs offered at colleges and universities has skyrocketed in the last ten years. In the 1990s, there were just a handful of BA programs in Global studies. Today, there are more than 40 BA programs in Global Studies offered by accredited institutions. These institutions need faculty to teach students enrolled in their programs of study.