Master of Global Politics and Transpacific Studies


Recently created program.

Accreditation from the National Postgraduate Program of the

National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), pending.



The Master of Global Politics and Trans-Pacific Studies (GP&TPS) is a graduate program with a global perspective that focuses on transpacific studies. It offers three specializations focused on the most relevant actors and areas of the Asia-Pacific region: China, Japan and North America. The main objective is the formation of professionals with the skills needed to enable them to work in multicultural societies, to contribute to the creation of knowledge about the complex political, social and economic relations of the modern global environment, and to provide solutions to local problems from a global perspective.

The economic uncertainty and volatility that has prevailed in international politics since the global financial crisis of 2008 has created a series of complex global challenges for Mexico and many other nations. A greater economic and diplomatic diversification that allows Mexico to improve its links with other nations besides the United States, could help strengthen the country's economy and increase its international influence, especially in the face of the current wave of protectionism that is arising from the United States.

The formal and informal institutions of global policy, such as the United Nations and the Group of Twenty (G-20) constitute a broader multilateral context that could be used by Mexico to increase its influence on international diplomacy and economic governance. The global and transpacific contexts include many of the same international actors and processes in areas such as foreign direct investment, foreign exchange markets and international trade.

The economic and political context of international relations in the 21st century has been characterized by the growing influence of the Asia-Pacific nations. This has been driven mainly by the growth of the economic and political capacities of the region, especially of China and South Korea in East Asia, and of the countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). These states followed the emergence of Japan on the world stage in the second half of the XX Century.

New transpacific forums, especially the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group, the negotiations of the Transpacific Agreement (CTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), have emerged as a result of the growing awareness of the benefits of multilateral economic cooperation in the Pacific region. Although the United States has taken a protectionist turn and withdrawn from the TPP, the other eleven signatories of the agreement still seek to improve transpacific relations.

Regional economic relations have grown substantially in Asia-Pacific, and as a consequence Mexico has improved its economic relations with the region. Mexican private and public institutions, including small, medium and large companies as well as national, regional and municipal governments, have a growing need for human resources with expertise on global issues to help them strengthen their relations with the Pacific region. This is especially the case in the state of Jalisco and its capital city, Guadalajara, which is a key economic and educational center of the Mexican Pacific coast.

For these reasons, the Department of Pacific Studies (DEP) of the University Center for Social Sciences (CUCSH) of the University of Guadalajara, has opened an English-language masters' program focused on transpacific studies with specialties in North America, China and Japan: The Master in Global Politics and Transpacific Studies. The master's curriculum will allow students to deepen their knowledge about current economic, political and social trends and the new actors and governance processes that are behind contemporaneous international relations.

This initiative is based on the experience of the Department of Pacific Studies, a research center that has specialized on the Asia-Pacific region for the last 27 years. The creation of this Master fulfills the aim of the University of Guadalajara of expanding and diversifying its graduate courses with high quality programs of national and international relevance.