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Jackson School of Global Affairs

The Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs offers a two-year Master in Public Policy in Global Affairs (M.P.P.) and a one-year Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs (M.A.S.).

Our M.P.P. 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.

Jackson’s program occupies a unique place among international affairs master’s 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.P.P. program is small by design, with 30-35 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 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 in Public Policy in Global Affairs
  • Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs

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Yale University President Peter Salovey announced Jan. 18 that the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs will open in the fall of 2022, and he named James A. Levinsohn, distinguished economist and educator, as inaugural dean. Levinsohn’s term begins July 1.

The school is currently known as the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and Levinsohn, the Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs, is its founding director. In 2019, the Yale Board of Trustees approved plans to expand the institute into a professional school that will train and equip a new generation of leaders to devise thoughtful, evidence-based solutions for challenging global problems.

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The Yale Board of Trustees has approved the transformation of the university’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs into a school, President Peter Salovey announced today.

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On April 13, Victor D. Cha, Professor at Georgetown University and former NSC Director for Asian Affairs, shared his thoughts on the North Korean nuclear issue in a special conversation titled “Realigning America’s Strategy toward Korea” at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

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Most companies are not very well prepared for the weaponizing of cyberspace by foreign governments. That was part of an assessment of the current state of cyberspace by Eric Schmidt, former chairman of Alphabet, Inc. and CEO of Google. Schmidt gave the remarks during his keynote address at the two-day annual conference of the Yale Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, which kicked off on April 6. This year’s conference, “Understanding Cyberwarfare and Artificial Intelligence,” drew both academics and practitioners.

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Based on the children’s game Bigger and Better, the One Paperclip Challenge took off on the Internet in 2006, when it was the subject of a TED talk by a Canadian blogger who managed over the course of a year to trade his way up for a house. It’s also part of School of Management Professor Zoë Chance’s Mastering Influence and Persuasion course, where it’s intended to help students improve their powers of persuasiveness, while also getting used to rejection.

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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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