Keough School welcomes largest master of global affairs class to date

The Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame has welcomed its largest-ever master of global affairs class, enrolling 45 students from 20 countries. 

Students in the Class of 2023 come from Belize, Botswana, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, The Gambia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. 

The new class comes to Notre Dame with an array of professional experiences, having worked in diverse sectors and fields including domestic and global policy, public health, immigration, forestry, trauma healing, HIV outreach, counseling, gender justice, sustainable peacebuilding, human rights, conflict analysis and transformation, law, religion, disaster risk reduction, nuclear non-proliferation, ethics, sustainable agriculture, and natural resources and environmental conflict.

“We’re proud to have admitted such an accomplished and diverse group of students,” said Becca Méndez, associate director of the master of global affairs. “Even amid the challenges of the global pandemic, they have persevered in their professional pursuits and academic aspirations and we warmly welcome them to the Keough School and Notre Dame.”

Students represent a broad range of religious traditions, with the largest groups identifying as Catholic and Muslim and others identifying as Hindu, Jewish, or Protestant Christian.

Master of global affairs students receive generous fellowship support from several donor families, foundations, and the institutes and centers within the Keough School, including the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, and the McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business.

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

View MGA Class of 2023 student bios

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