Students apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Yale. Each year, the online application is available from mid-August through 2-January.

Required Examinations

All applicants must take the GRE General Test and have official scores released to institution code 3987. It is recommended that you take the GRE no later than mid-December. For the past three years, the median scores of our M.A. students are as follows (General/Revised General): Verbal 680/162, Quantitative 730/157, Analytic Writing 5.0. Students may not substitute the GMAT or LSAT for the GRE.

Students whose native language is not English and who did not earn their undergraduate degree at a university where English is the language of instruction must also take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The minimum score required for the TOEFL is 102 on the internet-based exam (iBT) or 610 on the paper-based exam (PBT). A score of 7.5 - 8 on the IELTS is roughly equivalent to the required minimum. The median score of recent MA students is 670 on the PBT and 115 on the iBT.

Required Application Materials

In addition to the credentials/supplemental materials required by Yale Graduate School, the Jackson Institute requires that all applicants upload a CV or resume. No writing samples, GMAT scores, GRE Subject Tests, or Summary of Science grades are required.


Full-time work or volunteer experience is strongly preferred.

Prior experience in the fields most relevant to global affairs or international study - history, political science, and economics - is a valuable asset in pursuing an M.A. in Global Affairs.

Three years of college language study or its equivalent is strongly encouraged.

The median undergraduate GPA for those matriculating over the last three years is 3.70.

It is strongly recommended that entering students have taken introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics prior to matriculating. These courses may be taken at any college or university, as part of an undergraduate degree or separate from it.

Visiting Campus

Prospective students are welcome to visit the program or to speak with the Director of Student Affairs. We hold information sessions several times in the fall of each year. Fall 2015 visit days will be posted in late summer.

Spring Visit for Admitted Students

In the spring of each year, applicants who are offered admission to our graduate program are invited to the Admitted Students Day. Guests receive a specific invitation after admission decisions are announced.