Application Process

Admissions to the M.A.S. Program

Application Overview

The Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) at Jackson is a one-year program for professionals with extensive experience who are looking to further their understanding and application of multi-dimensional global affairs issues.

Small by design, only a few students are admitted to this program each year. M.A.S. applicants should have a minimum of seven years of global affairs related work experience showing superior professional qualifications and the ability to thrive in a rigorous academic program.

An application packet consists of a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, resume and transcripts from all prior institutions attended. GRE scores are optional for M.A.S. applicants. Students whose native language is not English will have to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge English examination.

Students in the mid-career program are not eligible for financial aid from Jackson. Most of our M.A.S. students are externally funded.

View bios of our current graduate students.


Apply Online

The online application is available from mid-August through November 1, 2023.


Dates and Deadlines

Summer-Fall 2023: Applicants should schedule any necessary standardized tests no later than October, in order to allow time for official scores to reach us before the application deadline.

November 1, 2023: Final application deadline.
Mid-March 2024: Admissions decisions are released.
May 1, 2024: Reply deadline for offers of admission for Fall 2024 enrollment.


Required Application Materials

All applicants to the M.A.S. in Global Affairs must present the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) completed prior to matriculation at Yale.
  • A two- to four-page statement of purpose.
  • A one- to two-page resume.
  • Unofficial transcripts for each prior college or university attended (including non-degree programs not listed on your degree-granting transcripts, e.g. Study Abroad).
  • Applicants whose native language is not English will have to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge English examination. See Standardized Testing Requirements for additional details and exceptions.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one professional and one academic preferred with the third being your choice).
  • The completed application form.


Required Examinations

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, IELTS, or Cambridge English exam. The minimum score required for the TOEFL is 102 on the internet-based exam (iBT). A score of 7.5 – 8 on the IELTS is roughly the equivalent to the required minimum. Cambridge English C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency scores fulfill the minimum.

See Standardized Testing Requirements and our FAQs for additional information.


Application Fee

For details about application fees and forms of payment, please see Application Fees.



For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.