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The Master's Program in Global Affairs is a small (usually 25-30 students a year for the two-year program) and very individualized program that provides a unique blend of program structure and guided flexibility. The MA program at Yale began in the 1930s and has had its current structure since 1965.
MA - Master of Arts, Global Affairs
Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks
Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Law / International Law
Security Studies (National or International)
Eastern Europe / Russia
Graduate Program Overview
Each Masters candidate pursues an individualized course of study taking advantage of resources from across the University. Courses may be taken in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and in the relevant professional schools, including Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Management, Law, and Public Health.
The M.A. degree requires two years of graduate study at Yale. To complete the degree, students must take 16 courses which include three core requirements. Students must also demonstrate a functional or area concentration as well as proficiency in a modern language. Concentrations typically combine a functional interest, such as security, conflict resolution, law and human rights, international development, or political economy, with a regional interest.
Entering students must have taken introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics prior to matriculating. It is not required that they be completed before applying, but strong applications will either indicate that the requirement has been met or a plan to meet it before the student enters.
Three years of college language study or its equivalent is strongly encouraged.
Full-time work or volunteer experience is strongly preferred. Prior experience in fields most relevant to international affairs or international study is a valuable asset in pursuing a Master's Degree in Global Affairs. Each applicant must include a curriculum vitae as part of the application packet.
All applicants must take the GRE. For the past three years, the median scores of matriculating students were as follows: Verbal 670, Quantitative 730, Analytic Writing 5.0. The median GPA for those matriculated was 3.70. Students may not substitute the GMAT or LSAT for the GRE.
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). The median score of applicants admitted to our graduate program over the last three years is 670 on the PBT and 114 on the iBT.
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