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Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

The Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs offers a two-year Master’s Program in Global Affairs and a one-year Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs.

Our M.A. program 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.

Jackson’s Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Global Affairs is a one-year program for mid-career professionals. The M.A.S. is aimed at professionals with extensive experience in a field of global affairs such as international security, diplomacy, and development. 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.

Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts in Global Affairs
  • Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs

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The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs seeks a director of admissions to lead and manage recruiting and admissions for all academic programs, including the M.A., M.A.S. and B.A. programs.

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Zeinab Khalil, a second-year graduate student at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, has been named a 2017-2018 Presidential Fellow at the Open Society Foundations.

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Ellen Chapin and Will Wright, first-year M.A. students at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, have been selected to receive the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations.

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry will serve as Yale’s first-ever Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs. A 1966 graduate of Yale College, Kerry will return to his alma mater to oversee the Kerry Initiative, an interdisciplinary program that will tackle pressing global challenges through teaching, research, and international dialogue.

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Andrew Watrous, a first-year MA student at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, has been selected to receive the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations.

The fellowship provides graduate students the opportunity to spend a summer working on international relations in the U.S. government Executive Branch or the U.S. Congress.

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