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Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs’ occupies a unique place among international affairs graduate programs. Each master’s degree candidate pursues an individualized course of study, taking advantage of resources from across the university. For students, this is a remarkable opportunity to study with renowned Yale faculty from all disciplines. Seminars with Senior Fellows -- practitioners from the public and private sector -- round out the rich offerings from which students may choose. Our small size -- 30-35 students per cohort -- and approach, create a dynamic atmosphere as students become a resource to each other and a window to the diversity and complexity of the global affairs field. Yale is located in Connecticut’s dynamic cultural hub of New Haven. The city combines the urban sophistication of nearby New York City and Boston, with the charm of traditional New England.

Degrees Offered

M.A. - Master of Arts in Global Affairs
M.A.S. - Master of Advanced Studies in Global Affairs

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Healthcare Policy / Management
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
International Development
Law / International Law
Nonprofit Management
Security Studies (National or International)

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America
Middle East

Graduate Program Overview

The M.A. degree requires two years of graduate study at Yale. To complete the degree, students must take 16 courses which include only three core requirements: statistics, economics, and history. Over the course of the Jackson Institute’s two-year program, students build out their own portfolio and choose courses from across Yale’s graduate and professional schools. Students determine their core focus, not from a predetermined list, but from conversations with the Director of Student Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies. Concentrations typically combine a functional interest, such as security, conflict resolution, law and human rights, international development, or political economy, with a regional interest. Students also work closely with Jackson’s dedicated Career Development Office to identify a site for their summer experience, whether it takes place in D.C. or around the globe.

In addition to financial support for summer experiences, research projects, and academic projects, Jackson M.A. students receive generous funding for their overall graduate studies. Most receive some level of fellowship support from the Jackson Institute or other sources at Yale. Some fellowships also include a stipend for living expenses.

The M.A.S. degree is a one-year mid-career program that is fully customizable. Applicants must have a minimum of seven years of relevant global affairs experience to be eligible.

Admissions Deadline

January 2 (December 1 to receive an application fee waiver)

Admissions Overview

Three-five years of full-time work, volunteer, or internship experience is strongly preferred. Prior experience in the fields most relevant to global affairs or international study -- history, political science, and economics -- is a valuable asset in pursuing an M.A. in Global Affairs.

It is strongly recommended that entering students have taken introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics prior to matriculating. These courses may be taken at any college or university, as part of an undergraduate degree or separate from it.

Prior language study is encouraged. Jackson has a language proficiency requirement that must be fulfilled before graduation from Yale.

Each applicant must include a resume as part of the application.

All applicants must take the GRE. Average scores of matriculating students are usually as follows: Verbal 166/95%, Quantitative 162/78%, Analytic Writing 5.0/87%. The average GPA for those matriculated was 3.8. Students may not substitute the GMAT or LSAT for the GRE unless they are a current student at the Yale Law School or Yale School of Management pursuing a joint degree.

Students whose native language is not English and who did not earn their undergraduate degree at an English language university must also take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The minimum score required on the TOEFL is 102 on the internet-based exam (iBT) or 610 on the paper-based exam (PBT).

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New Haven, CT

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