UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies Undergoes Name Change

Office of Communications | November 05, 2010
UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies Undergoes Name Change

The John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston has changed its name to the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies (MGS), a move that will better reflect the college’s evolving goals, research interests, and graduate program offerings.

The college has a history of broadening its geographic, academic, and intellectual reach, having begun as the purely program-based McCormack Institute in 1983 and evolving into a dynamic academic and research center in policy studies in 2003. No longer focused solely on local and national policy studies, the name change illustrates its expanded expertise in the global arena.

“The change to the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies will give a clearer indication of what our faculty, staff, and students do in all our research, teaching, and service efforts,” said MGS Dean Steve Crosby. “Our focus on policy studies will continue, whether those policies be local, national or international, but our new global component represents our expanded mission and goals.”

The term “global studies” is more inclusive to the wide range of programs and centers at the McCormack Graduate School. MGS houses master’s degree programs in Conflict Resolution, International Relations, and an online graduate certificate in Women’s Leadership in a Global Perspective. Research centers and institutes such as the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters, the Center for Democracy and Development, the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security, and the John Joseph Moakley Chair of Peace and Reconciliation are more deeply involved in global research and service work than in national work.

The revised name was approved by both the UMass Boston Faculty Council and UMass President Jack Wilson, and went into effect on September 17.

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