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The Master of Global Affairs is a post-graduate, professional, full-time, two-year residential degree program within the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. The program includes four semesters of coursework plus the summer between the first and second year. More about the Master of Global Affairs »
The program is for students who have at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from a four-year college or university. Applicants are selected on the basis of grades in previous academic programs, professional experience, language proficiency, exam scores, and recommendations. Applicants are asked to write a statement in their application about how the master’s degree will advance their professional goals.
Students choose one of the following concentrations — International Peace Studies OR Sustainable Development OR Global Affairs (in which they will choose a specialization). Master’s students take core courses together, can take elective courses across concentrations, and have many opportunities for classes and engagement with students throughout the Keough School and the University of Notre Dame.
Students take classes taught by the Keough School’s core faculty of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers, faculty in other divisions throughout the University of Notre Dame, and distinguished visiting faculty, policy professionals, and practitioners.
The program requires successful completion of full-time coursework and a field experience during 2 full academic years (four semesters plus full-time engagement during the summer between the first and second year).
Students who apply for the Sustainable Development or Global Affairs concentrations will be better placed for admission and success in the program if they have taken introductory coursework in micro- and macroeconomics and statistics.
Competitive applicants will have significant work or volunteer experience in international or global settings related to global affairs, peace, justice, international development, or similar fields.
All qualified students are eligible for merit-based tuition scholarships and a stipend for housing and living expenses for two years. The level of support is variable. There is no separate application for scholarships and all accepted students will automatically be considered.
All students complete a professional workshop series focused on developing the skills necessary to compete effectively in the global job market. Keough School faculty advise students on professional development and career planning. Students benefit from a well-connected network of Notre Dame alumni and partners.
All applicants must include in their applications their scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the standardized exam used for admission to all graduate schools in the United States. (Note: The International Peace Studies admission committee will consider applications from non-U.S. citizens who have not yet taken the GRE. This is the only exception and students applying to Sustainable Development or Global Affairs + Specialization must submit GRE scores.) Applicants who have taken other required entrance exams for previous graduate degrees, such as the LSAT or GMAT, are still required to submit GRE scores for admission into the program. The institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 1841.
Students who are not native English speakers or who have not studied for two or more years at a university in which English is the primary language of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 1841.
Applications are initially reviewed by a faculty committee within each of the 3 concentrations of the Master of Global Affairs. Final admissions decisions are made by a committee chaired by the Keough School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
A typical incoming class ranges from 30 to 40 students for all three concentrations combined. Small classes and a strong sense of community within the Keough School and the University of Notre Dame are hallmarks of the program.
Classes are in session from late August through the first week of May. All MGA students are expected to participate in the program’s summer i-Lab session.
Most students live in graduate student housing on campus. Off campus rental housing also is available.
You are welcome to visit to learn more about the Keough School and Notre Dame. Students who would like to learn more about the Master’s program may do so by appointment. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, campus tours are available through the Eck Visitors Center.
Please apply online. All the instructions and the link to the Notre Dame Graduate School application are available on the Apply page.
All application materials are due by December 15. (Applications open in September.)