Application Process

Admission to the M.A. Program

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


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. 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.


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, volunteer, or internship 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.

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.

View bios of our current graduate students.


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.


Online Chats

The Institute hosts online chats for prospective students during the fall admissions season. The chats provide an overview of the admissions process and a Q&A session with admissions staff. You can also request a one-on-one Skype chat with a member of the admissions team.

Jackson MA Online Chat: Preparing You for a Career in Global Affairs: Watch Video
Jackson MA Admissions Chat: Watch Video


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.


Regional Events

Admissions staff and alumni volunteers from the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs participate in a number of recruitment events for prospective graduate students around the globe.

Fall 2017 events will include:

  • September 12, 2017: APSIA Fair in New York at the Council on Foreign Relations – details
  • September 13, 2017: APSIA Fair in Washington, D.C. at George Washington University – details
  • September 25, 2017: Idealist Grad School Fair in Boston – details
  • October 2, 2017: Idealist Grad School Fair in Washington, D.C. – details
  • October 5, 2017: Idealist Grad School Fair in Chicago, IL – details
  • October 12, 2017: Idealist Grad School Fair in Los Angeles, CA – details
  • November 7, 2017: APSIA Fair in Tokyo, Japan
  • November 8, 2017: APSIA Fair in Taipei
  • November 9, 2017: APSIA Seoul, Korea
  • November 15, 2017: APSIA Virtual Fair