Increasingly, students pursuing global careers seek to integrate their skills in global affairs with a professional specialization that is more robust than what is possible in the two-year M.A. program.

To enhance the educational opportunity of its graduate students, the Jackson Institute collaborates with four of Yale’s professional schools and has developed joint degree programs that fulfill the requirements of each school. A joint degree is an integrated education program that is designed to achieve a combination of two programs in a way that is complementary to both while protecting the integrity of each.

Under the auspices of the joint degree, students earn an M.A. in Global Affairs from the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences and the relevant degree (M.B.A., M.F., M.E.M., M.E.Sc., M.F.S., M.P.H. or J.D.) from the professional school. The two degrees are conferred only after the requirements of both are met.

As a joint degree candidate, a student can earn two degrees in two semesters fewer than if the degrees were pursued separately. With the exception of the M.A./J.D. program, this is three years. Candidates typically spend the first year in Global Affairs and the second year in the partner program, but this is not required. During the final year, students register with each program for one semester, although they may take courses from both programs either term.

Candidates must apply to, and be admitted by, each school separately and according to each school’s admission policies. It is highly recommended that students apply as a joint degree student from the outset, though it is possible to apply to the second program once matriculated at Yale.

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