Keough School of Global Affairs first graduating class shows strong, diverse career outcomes

The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs Class of 2019, the school’s first graduating class, shows graduates with strong career outcomes in a variety of sectors and fields.

Ninety-five percent of master of global affairs graduates were employed or pursuing further study within six months of graduation, according to a survey administered by the Keough School.

Members of the Class of 2019 now work in the public, private, and international or domestic nonprofit organization sectors, demonstrating the versatility of the master of global affairs degree. 

Some of the current employers of MGA graduates include the National Committee on US-China Relations, Catholic Relief Services, the National Democratic Institute, the Open Society Foundation, Food for Peace, and the International Council on Clean Transportation. Graduates report working in fields that include international policy, domestic policy, development, humanitarian aid, and education. Position titles include US policy coordinator, program manager, advance behavior analyst in education, research program coordinator, program officer, and research fellow. 

“We are thrilled to see our inaugural class venture into their first professional roles after graduation,” said Melinda Fountain, associate director for professional development and alumni relations. “This talented group of graduates will make a positive impact on any organization or issue they engage with, and we look forward to hearing more about their future professional successes.

The Class of 2019 includes students representing 22 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. For more in-depth information about career outcomes, read what five 2019 graduates say about their new jobs and their experiences at the Keough School.

The Master of Global Affairs, a two-year professional degree program, prepares its graduates for skilled, effective leadership and careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector.

The degree program integrates rigorous coursework, close engagement with policymakers, multi-disciplinary faculty and students from around the world, and extended fieldwork opportunities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Washington, DC.

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