Yale University

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Overview

The Jackson Institute's M.A. in Global Affairs prepares students to impact the global community through an academically rigorous yet flexible interdisciplinary program. Our students carry on the University's tradition of attracting creative, intellectually curious individuals who come to Yale ready to define their own path to a career in global leadership and service.

The Jackson Institute's program occupies a unique place among international affairs M.A. programs. Each Master's 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.

The M.A. program is small by design, with 25-30 students in each entering class. Coming with diverse backgrounds and career interests, Jackson's graduate students form an intimate and loyal community. Our size 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. Our students leave the Jackson Institute with lifelong connections to colleagues working around the world in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors in diverse fields that include policy analysis, security analysis, trade and economic development, foreign affairs, human rights, international finance, and environmental policy.

APSIA Membership: Full APSIA Member School

Addresses

General

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Yale University
PO Box 208359
New Haven, CT 06520-8359

  • (203) 432-6253
  • (203) 432-9886
  • email

Admissions

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Director of Student Affairs
PO Box 208359
New Haven, CT 06520-8359

  • (203) 432-5954
  • (203) 432-9886
  • email

Career Services

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Director of Career Services
PO Box 208359
New Haven, CT 06520-8359

  • (203) 436-5208
  • (203) 432-9886
  • email

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MA) - 2 years

  • 16 courses

  • 3 core courses taken during the first semester of the program in history, intermediate micro economics, and applied statistics
  • Remaining courses form student's individualized program of study focusing on an area and or region
  • Proficiency in a second modern language

    We also offer a one year Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Global Affairs for mid-career professionals.

Master of Advanced Study (MAS) - 1 year

  • The Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Global Affairs is a one year program for mid career professionals with extensive experience in a field of global affairs such as, but not limited to, international security, diplomacy, and development. The program is small by design, with only a few admitted students each year.

    The program of study is customized to a student’s individual academic and professional goals. Students take 8 courses in one year of full time study. Courses are chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) at the start of each semester. Students select courses from the Jackson Institute’s regular offerings as well as courses from throughout the Graduate School and professional schools.

Joint Degrees

The Jackson Institute offers joint degree with four of Yale’s professional schools. Under the auspices of the joint degrees, students earn an M.A. in Global Affairs from the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences and the relevant degree (M.B.A., M.F., M.E.M., M.E.Sc., M.F.S., M.P.H. or J.D.) from the professional school. The two degrees are conferred only after the requirements of both are met.

Joint degrees are offered with the following:

  • School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (M.A./M.F., M.A./M.E.M., M.A./MESc or M.A./M.F.S.)
  • School of Management (M.A./M.B.A.)
  • Law School (M.A./J.D.)
  • School of Public Health (M.A./M.P.H.)

    Candidates must apply to, and be admitted by, each school separately and according to each school's admission policies. It is highly recommended that students apply as a joint degree student from the outset, though it is possible to apply to the second program once matriculated at Yale.

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