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.


The Keough School pushes us to learn and grow as thinkers and practitioners. Our discussions among classmates from different countries and different perspectives were very rich.

Djiba Soumaoro, MGA ’19


A distinctive feature of the Keough School is our diverse community of students from around the world with many cultural, linguistic, and disciplinary backgrounds. The Master of Global Affairs Class of 2021 includes 36 students from 18 different countries.

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.


Meet our MGA students


A similarly diverse, multidisciplinary faculty of scholars, practitioners, and policy experts teaches, advises, and mentors students over the course of their two years of study, field work experience, and professional development. Faculty serve as a key resource for students to explore global issues from different perspectives. Students learn to think broadly and imaginatively from anthropologists, historians, economists, lawyers, engineers, politicians, activists, authors, mediators and more.

Meet our faculty



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.

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Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights



Pulte Institute for Global Development


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. Students also benefit from the professional development and networking opportunities provided by the Keough School’s Washington Office in Washington, DC.