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 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 »

What are the qualifications for admission?

A competitive master of global affairs candidate meets the following criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from a four-year college or university
  • A 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Ideally two years of professional experience in a global setting
  • Language proficiency in English and a second language
  • English language test scores (if applicable, please read more below)
  • Applicants are also 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?

With guidance and mentoring from Keough School faculty and staff, master’s students craft their own, very personalized academic experience. Students choose one of the following concentrations — International Peace Studies OR Sustainable Development OR Global Affairs. Master’s students take core courses together, take elective courses across concentrations and across the University of Notre Dame’s campus, and complete a professional field experience either through the i-Lab or the Peace Studies internship.

Who teaches the courses?

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.

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 full-time engagement during the summer between the first and second year).

Are quantitative courses required for admission?

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 in international or global settings related to global affairs, peace, justice, international development, or similar fields.

Do you offer scholarships?

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.

What resources do you offer for professional development?

All students complete a professional field experience through the i-Lab or the Peace Studies internship to develop the skills necessary to compete effectively in the global job market. Additionally, the Keough School offers a wide range of career development resources to help students discern their strengths, develop professional skills, and connect with employers. Faculty and staff provide personalized career support, tapping into the rich resources of a major research university, including Notre Dame’s global alumni network.

Do I need to submit test scores?

Submitting GRE scores is optional and not required for admission.

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), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test. The institution code for the TOEFL is 1841.

Who makes the admissions decisions?

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.

What is the size of the Master’s class?

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.

When are classes in session?

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.

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 In addition, campus tours are available through the Eck Visitors Center.

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. Apply now.