Frequently Asked Questions

M.A. FAQs
What courses are required for the M.A. program?
  • GLBL 801, Econ: Principles and Applications
  • GLBL 802, Applied Methods of Analysis
  • GLBL 803, History of the Present
Is Jackson a member of the APSIA professional organization?
Yes.
What undergrad degree do most of your admitted students have?
Many of our students received their undergraduate degrees in history, the social sciences (especially political science and economics), or interdisciplinary programs such as international relations. However, we are seeking a diverse student community united in its commitment to leave Yale ready to engage in global affairs issues for the betterment of society. We, therefore, encourage applicants with humanities, science, business, engineering, or other degrees to apply.
What type of work experience do successful applicants have?
Successful applicants have worked across the public, nonprofit and private sectors, generally with some international focus. We are seeking a diverse cohort and therefore welcome candidates with many different experiences, united in their commitment to leave Yale ready to engage in global affairs issues for the betterment of society.
Will applying straight out of college hurt my chances of admission?
Most of our successful applicants have relevant full-time work experience after they graduate from college. We occasionally accept exceptional students who are just completing their undergraduate degrees. These individuals have demonstrated through study abroad, volunteer, and/or internship experience their leadership potential, commitment to public service, and international engagement. We encourage applicants to have some relevant post-graduate professional experience as it will better inform how you wish to form your M.A. concentration in the program and better prepare you to take advantage of the many resources Yale has to offer.
I’m applying to the joint degree with SOM (or Law)? They require that I submit the GMAT (or LSAT). Do I still have to take the GRE?
Yes. The Graduate School requires that all applicants take the GRE.
Is a writing sample required as part of the application?
No, a writing sample is neither required nor requested.
Is distance or Internet-learning an option?
No. Our M.A. in Global Affairs is a two-year, full-time residential program.
What is the minimum GRE?
There is no minimum for the GRE. We see the test as one piece of a candidate's overall profile.
I haven’t taken any economics. May I still apply?
Yes. We stongly encourage all students complete an introductory microeconomics and an introductory macroeconomics course before they enter the program. If you are admitted but have not completed these courses, we will request that you do so before fall classes begin. If you took a one semester course that included both micro and macro, we generally recommend that you take a second economics course before entering the program.
What type of jobs do students get when they graduate?
Reflecting their diverse interests, M.A. graduates go in many directions upon graduation. Public service remains a popular choice, with students (both U.S. and international) entering agencies involved with international development, foreign policy, trade, and security and defense. The private sector - primarily financial services firms and consulting companies - draws those graduates with strong quantitative skills. Many graduates also pursue careers in the nonprofit sector.
Do M.A. students work on campus?
Yes, many students find employment on campus either as research assistants, teaching fellows, or in offices throughout the university. Students take the initiative in securing these positions once they arrive on campus.
What percentage of your students are international?
Typically between 45-50% of our graduate students are not U.S. citizens. This number does not reflect the full diversity of the program. Some of the U.S. citizens are first or second generation immigrants. Many have lived in more than one country.
What is the possibility of receiving a scholarship?
Fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit to incoming master's students. Although a financial statement is required as part of the M.A. application, you do not need to make a separate fellowship application. Simply mark that you are interested in Yale-based funding. Over 50% of incoming students receive some form of fellowship from Yale. Beyond that, the Graduate School Financial Aid Office administers student loan programs for both U.S. citizens and international students. We do encourage students to seek outside funding, since fellowship support is limited for M.A. students.
What is your admission rate?
We receive approximately 400 applications and enroll approximately 1 in 15 applicants.
When are admission decisions announced?
Programs within Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences communicate admission decisions in February and March each year. The Jackson Institute announces decisions toward the end of that range, usually the first or second week of March.
Do I have to speak a second language to apply?
No, the requirement is that you must be proficient in a language in order to graduate with the M.A. in Global Affairs. While many of our students have met the language proficiency requirement at the time of admission, you may take up to four language courses at Yale as part of your degree program (joint degree students may only take two). To demonstrate proficiency you may complete second year (L4) language courses at Yale, demonstrate completion of third year language courses on the transcripts submitted with your application, or place into a Yale L5 course.