Frequently Asked Questions about the Master of Global Affairs


What is the Master of Global Affairs?

The Master of Global Affairs is a post-graduate, professional, full-time, two-year residential degree program within the University of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs. More about the Master of Global Affairs »

What are the qualifications for admission?

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.

What are the options for specialization?

Students choose one of the following concentrations — International Peace Studies OR Sustainable Development OR Global Affairs (in which they will choose a specialization in partnership with a faculty mentor). 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.

Who teaches the courses?

Students take classes taught by the Keough School’s core faculty of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers as well as by faculty in other divisions throughout the University of Notre Dame.

What are the degree requirements?

The program requires successful completion of full-time coursework and a field experience during 2 full academic years (four semesters plus the summer between the first and second year).

Are quantitative courses required for admission?

Courses in economics and statistics are not required for admission. However, 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.

Is work experience required for admission?

Competitive applicants will have significant work or volunteer experience working in international or global settings related to global affairs, peace and justice, or international development.

Do you offer scholarships?

All qualified students are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend for housing and living expenses for two years. There is no separate application for scholarships.

What resources do you offer for professional development?

All students complete a professional workshop series focused on developing the skills necessary to compete effectively in the global job market. Faculty members advise students on professional development and career planning. Students benefit from a well-connected network of Notre Dame alumni and partners.

Do I need to submit test scores?

Students take 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 international students who have not yet taken the GRE.)

Students who are not native English speakers or who have not studied 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.

Who makes the admissions decisions?

Applications are reviewed by a faculty committee for each of the 3 concentrations within the Master of Global Affairs. Final admissions decisions are made by a committee chaired by the Keough School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

What is the size of the Master’s class?

The inaugural class in the Keough School will consist of about 40 students. Small classes and a strong sense of community within the Keough School and the University of Notre Dame will be hallmarks of the program.

When are classes in session?

Classes are in session from the last week in August through the first week of May.

Where do students live?

Most students live in graduate student housing on campus. Off campus rental housing also is available.

Can I visit?

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

How do I apply?

Please apply online. All the instructions and the link to the Notre Dame Graduate School application are available on the Apply page.

When is the application deadline?

All application materials are due by December 15, 2017. (Applications open July 2017.)