Life at the Keough School

Life at the Keough School

The Keough School of Global Affairs is a vibrant, growing, diverse community of students, faculty, and staff within the University of Notre Dame, a leading Catholic research university with global connections. The Keough School welcomes people from all over the world and from many religious, philosophical, and secular traditions.



Students in the Master of Global Affairs form a close-knit community (about 40 new master’s students each year) who take classes in the Keough School’s newly constructed home, Jenkins Hall, throughout the University campus, and around the world. The Keough School and the University’s office of Graduate Student Life are committed to a first-rate educational experience and quality of life for students.

Meet our MGA students



Notre Dame’s campus in northern Indiana, USA, (90 miles east of Chicago and adjacent to South Bend) is renowned for its beauty and for the richness of its academic, recreational, athletic, and arts and cultural offerings. Many master’s students choose to live on campus (off-campus housing also is available).


Notre Dame is a global university with Global Gateways in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, London, and Rome. Students in the master’s program spend several months working with partner organizations at field sites in Colombia, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Uganda, the Philippines, and Washington, DC, as well as in locations ranging from Bangladesh and Chile to Mexico, Kenya, and Brazil.

The nine international institutes within the Keough School support research, scholarship, and the enrichment of the educational experience for students. The institutes sponsor and organize a wide range of speakers and special events that connect students with international scholars, policymakers, and practitioners as well as with writers, filmmakers, and religious and cultural leaders.

Learn more about the nine institutes, each with a distinctive mission and focus, within the Keough School of Global Affairs:

Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion 

Kellogg Institute for International Studies 

Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies 

Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies 

McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business

Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Pulte Institute for Global Development