Office of Admissions

The Keough School addresses the greatest challenges of our time, with particular emphasis on the design and implementation of effective and ethical responses to poverty, war, hunger, displacement of peoples, economic inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, and other threats to dignity and human flourishing across the world. In keeping with the University of Notre Dame’s mission to place scholarship in service to the common good, the Keough School advances integral human development through research, policy, and practice; transformative educational programs; and partnerships for global engagement. The Keough School welcomes engagement with people of all nationalities and religious, secular, and philosophical traditions.

Degrees Offered

MGA Master of Global Affairs
Ph.D. in Peace Studies with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Ph.D. Fellowships with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Education Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
International Development
Social Policy / Poverty

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

The MGA program is a two-year professional degree that prepares students for skilled, effective leadership and careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector.

The Keough School creates a collaborative environment among its diverse array of faculty, between the Keough School and other colleges on Notre Dame’s campus, and among students in the master’s program’s three different concentrations. By offering concentrations instead of separate degrees, the Master of Global Affairs program allows students in different areas of study to take classes together and connect perspectives from across their chosen disciplines.

Curriculum and Concentrations
The curriculum includes foundational courses in economics, global policy, and integral human development – the academic cornerstone of the Keough School. Students choose from three concentrations: International Peace Studies, Sustainable Development, or Global Affairs+Specialization with focus on an area of particular interest — including global health, human rights, international law, migration/refugees, democratic politics, global religion, or another critical issue or global challenge.

Preparing for a Global Employment Landscape
During the two-year experience, MGA students engage with a global partner organization. Students develop professional-quality projects and solutions to address a compelling global challenge through intensive field immersions and extended internships.

Translating Research into Policy
Students collaborate with the Keough School’s Washington Office to extend the practical impact of their work. Through an integrative policy or practice experience, students learn to present their policy recommendations to target organizations, government bodies, and think tanks in the nation’s capital.

For more information about Ph.D. programs and fellowships, please visit our website.

Admissions Deadline

MGA degree: December 15 (no separate application required for scholarship consideration)

For Ph.D. programs, please visit our website for information.

Admissions Overview

The Keough School welcomes applications from students from around the world and from diverse religious, secular, and philosophical traditions.

Competitive applicants will have work or volunteer experience in international or global settings related to global affairs, peace, justice, international development, or similar fields.

Please visit our website for more information on specific requirements.

Contact: [email protected]

Contact Information

Keough School
Notre Dame, IN

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