Jackson's Master of Arts Degree

The Jackson Institute’s M.A. in Global Affairs (International Relations prior to Fall 2013)prepares students to impact the global community through an academically rigorous yet flexible interdisciplinary program. Our students continue the University’s tradition of attracting creative, intellectually curious individuals who come to Yale ready to define their own path to a career in global leadership and service.

An APSIA member program, the Jackson Institute’s M.A. occupies a unique place among international affairs graduate programs. Each Master’s candidate pursues an individualized course of study taking advantage of resources from across the University.  For students this is a remarkable opportunity to study with renowned Yale faculty from all disciplines. Seminars with Senior Fellows, practitioners from the public and private sector, round out the rich offerings from which students may choose.

The M.A. program is small by design, with 25-30 students in each entering class. Coming with diverse backgrounds and career interests, Jackson's graduate students form an intimate and loyal community. Our size and approach create a dynamic atmosphere as students become a resource to each other and a window to the diversity and complexity of the global affairs field. Our students leave the Jackson Institute with lifelong connections to colleagues working around the world in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors in diverse fields that include policy analysis, security analysis, trade and economic development, foreign affairs, human rights, international finance, and environmental policy. 

We also offer a one year Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Global Affairs for mid-career professionals.