21st Century School


The Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs is the first new school at Notre Dame in nearly a century. In keeping with Notre Dame’s mission to place scholarship in service to the common good, the Keough School advances integral human development through research, policy and practice; transformative educational programs, and partnerships for global engagement.

Founded in 2014, the Keough School builds on the strengths of nine institutes and centers focused on international research, scholarship, and education at Notre Dame.

Research, Policy, Practice

The Keough School addresses some of the world’s greatest challenges, with particular emphasis on the design and implementation of effective and ethical responses to poverty, war, disease, political oppression, environmental degradation, and other threats to dignity and human flourishing. The Keough School expands its presence in the global policy arena through its Washington Office.

Transformative Educational Programs

The Keough School educates and trains global affairs professionals, preparing students for effective and ethical professional leadership in governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The Master of Global Affairs welcomed its first class of students in August 2017.

Partnerships for Global Engagement

By building long-term partnerships within the academy, business, government, and civil society, the Keough School integrates disciplines and best practices to identify solutions responsive to the interconnected nature of global challenges.

The Keough School welcomes engagement with people of all nationalities and religious, secular, and philosophical traditions.