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Erica and gradsFrom left to right: Taylor Cayce (on track to graduate in August), and Branwen Gallagher, Sarah Miller Frazer, Meredith Sparks, Mattie Webb, Kinsey Spencer Davis, Andreina Malki, Rainier Jaarsma and Sijal Nasralla, all May graduates, with Erica Johnson, director of graduate studies. Photo by Kristen Chavez. Not pictured: May graduates Romi Brammer, Anna Reussner and Carissa Landes, as well as Jason Jones (on track to graduate in August).

We celebrated the first graduates from the Global Studies MA program at our commencement ceremony on May 8. We are incredibly impressed with the energy and integrity that this first cohort of MA students brought to their studies, teaching, research, and service to the Carolina, Triangle, and global communities. We wish them every success as they move on to their next adventures! For a story showcasing our MA graduates written by the College of Arts and Sciences, please click here.

Spring semester was lively at the Global Studies MA program. We helped usher our first class of graduates through their final projects, we celebrated the students’ accomplishments in a campus event, and we completed the admissions for next fall’s incoming class.

Our first graduating class of MA students successfully produced and defended their capstone (for the thematic concentrations) and thesis (for the REEES concentration) projects. Over the course of their time at UNC, each student identified a research question, explored possible answers through in-depth exploration of scholarly and policy literature and primary sources, and developed an argument that was fleshed out through in-depth research in their capstone and thesis projects. These culminating MA projects were defended before a three-person faculty committee throughout spring semester. Please click here for a description of each of the capstone and thesis projects.

To highlight the capstone and thesis projects for the campus community, the graduating MA students presented their projects at a luncheon honoring their work on April 28. Global Studies joint faculty, MA students’ committee members, and members of the broader Carolina community enjoyed engaging with the students about their research projects. The projects demonstrated an impressive breadth of topics and disciplinary approaches, and we are very proud of the students’ finished products.

“I was glad I had the opportunity to congratulate many of the graduating MA students at the luncheon, learn more about their impressive capstone and thesis projects, and wish them success in their future careers.  We all look forward to hearing about their accomplishments in the years ahead,” said Jonathan Hartlyn, senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Our admissions pool for the Fall 2016 cohort was very strong. We have been thrilled to see applications from students with a diverse range of backgrounds, academic experiences, and professional skills. We received applications from candidates in South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, and from a broad geographic distribution within the United States. The applicant pool impressed the admissions committee with its academic excellence and exciting range of research interests. We look forward to welcoming the incoming students to campus in August.