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The Master of Global Affairs offers a two-year curriculum that connects theory, practice, and policy through a combination of coursework and practical experiences. You will develop critical skills needed to build your career while pursuing your choice of concentration and elective courses within global affairs.
You will take several foundational courses that present an integrative understanding of global affairs. These courses will provide you with a breadth of knowledge on approaches and topics in global affairs, while also enabling you to view issues from multiple perspectives and to work across disciplines.
As a Master of Global Affairs student, you will choose an area of concentration. Within each concentration, classes are designed to take you deeper into a specific field, giving you the professional skills and knowledge to address issues about which you are the most passionate.
With direction from faculty advisers and concentration directors, students choose elective courses from Keough School offerings and classes across the University of Notre Dame. The courses provide you with opportunity to specialize further, gaining the knowledge and skills that will be most directly connected to your professional goals. Courses vary by semester but fall into general thematic and professional skills areas:
Building on your coursework, the Master of Global Affairs incorporates immersive practical experiences throughout the program, enabling you to take your classroom learning into the field and work alongside seasoned policymakers, global organizations, and renowned academic experts. Students in the Sustainable Development and Global Affairs concentrations participate in the two-year Integration Lab (i-Lab) program, while students in the Peace Studies concentration complete an extended, custom-designed field immersion. All students participate in the Global Policy Seminar.