Master of Global Affairs

Applications open: July 2017

Deadline for applications: December 15, 2017 



Global Affairs – International Peace Studies
Global Affairs – Sustainable Development
Global Affairs – [Choose a Specialization]



“The Keough School will forge new global paths for students and new solutions to urgent human concerns by placing an inclusive vision of human dignity and human flourishing at the core of its contributions.”

— R. Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs


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Skill Development

The Master of Global Affairs curriculum places special attention on the practical skills students need for careers of impact and influence. These and other skills are strengthened not only in classes but also in the Integration Lab (i-Lab) and in professional development workshops.

  • Analytical skills 
  • Organizational leadership
  • Project management
  • Mediation and negotiation
  • Advocacy and coalition-building
  • Conflict analysis and transformation
  • Policy formulation and implementation
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Strategic peacebuilding and reflective practice
  • Persuasive writing and effective communications
  • Cross-cultural and multi-lingual proficiency

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Training skilled, effective, ethical agents of change


The University of Notre Dame’s new Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs offers a 2-year professional Master of Global Affairs degree to prepare highly skilled, effective, and ethical leaders in governments; local, regional, and international nongovernmental organizations; and private sector organizations.

  • Students from around the world engage in wide-ranging intellectual exploration and skills training combined with deep specialization and integrated efforts to address global challenges.
  • A multidisciplinary faculty of scholars, practitioners, and policy experts teaches, advises and mentors students over two years of study, field work, and professional development.
  • A distinctive curriculum integrates academic coursework and extended field experiences with international organizations, policymakers, and practitioners — offering real-world professional experience from start to finish of the degree.
  • A global network of University of Notre Dame alumni, scholar-practitioners, and partner organizations around the world provides students with unparalleled opportunities to make career connections and collaborate on global solutions.

All highly qualified applicants are eligible for a full tuition scholarship and stipend for living expenses.

A global curriculum for the 21st century


The Master of Global Affairs curriculum gives students options to take courses within the Keough School and throughout the University of Notre Dame. We offer small, diverse, engaged classes and all the resources of a major research university with global connections.

Foundational seminars for all Master’s students address themes central to the mission of the Keough School — including integral human development, ethical reasoning, and commitment to action for the common good.

Core classes in global affairs provide broad knowledge and engagement in critical world issues, while skills and methods classes focus on practical skills needed for success in the global workforce. All students take classes related to their choice of concentration — International Peace Studies, Sustainable Development, or Global Affairs (with various options for specialization).

An Integration Lab (i-Lab) organized around real-world problems draw together theory and practice throughout all four semesters of the program. Working in teams, students engage in close partnerships with leading organizations, practitioners, and policymakers; spend extended time working in the field; and produce a professional-quality project that is presented to professors and students, policymakers and practitioners.


Three ways to approach your Notre Dame degree (choose one)


Global Affairs – International Peace Studies

International Peace Studies builds on the Master’s degree offered for 30 years by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. You’ll join more than 500 master’s-trained strategic peacebuilders — skilled professionals working at all levels of society to build sustainable peace and justice through policy analysis and political change, government and organizational leadership, and conflict analysis and transformation. learn more button blue


Global Affairs – Sustainable Development

You’ll be prepared for a high-impact career focused on development practice and policymaking in governments; bilateral and multilateral organizations; nongovernmental organizations; and the private sector. Your interdisciplinary training will include strong grounding in quantitative and qualitative methods, equipping you to become a skilled and sophisticated problem-solver addressing critical global challenges. learn more button blue


Global Affairs – [Choose a Specialization]

You’ll receive multidisciplinary training for a wide range of careers in global affairs, as well as deep, specialized training in an area you create in collaboration with a faculty mentor. You’ll customize your degree to focus on an area of interest such as human rights, international law, regional studies, global religion, democratic politics, migration and refugees, or other areas that match your professional goals.learn more button blue


Is this Master’s program for you?


We seek applicants who are intellectually and ethically engaged and committed to improving the human condition through policy and practice.

Applicants to the Master’s program must demonstrate:

  • high levels of academic achievement;
  • proficiency in at least one language in addition to English; and
  • significant experience in international settings.

In rigorous classes and extended fieldwork, you’ll be challenged to think broadly and imaginatively about the 21st century world; engage deeply in the language, religion, and culture of at least one global region; and forge real-world partnerships and effective and inclusive solutions across disciplines and sectors.

We seek a globally diverse community, where people of all nationalities and religious, secular, and philosophical traditions are welcome. Informed by the University of Notre Dame’s “Spirit of Inclusion,” the Keough School of Global Affairs welcomes all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, or nationality, and works to sustain an inclusive environment.

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