The Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Global Affairs is a one-year program for mid-career professionals.

Created in 2013, the program is small by design, with only a few admitted students each year. The M.A.S. is aimed at professionals with extensive experience in a field of global affairs such as, but not limited to, international security, diplomacy, and development.

Program of Study

The program of study is customized to a student’s individual academic and professional goals. Students take 8 courses in one year of full time study. Part time study is not permitted. Courses are chosen in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) at the start of each semester. Students select courses from the Jackson Institute’s regular offerings as well as courses from throughout the Graduate School and professional schools. M.A.S. candidates have access to all Jackson Institute services and are welcome to work with Jackson affiliated faculty and Senior Fellows.


Applicants will have a minimum of seven years of professional experience. Applicants should show superior professional qualifications and evidence of ability to succeed and thrive in a rigorous multi disciplinary academic program.

Students in the Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs may not be considered for, or transferred into, the Jackson Institute’s two-year M.A. program.


An application packet consists of a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, CV and transcripts from all prior institutions attended. GRE scores are optional. Students whose native language is not English will have to take the TOEFL examination.

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.

In reviewing applications the committee looks for evidence of excellent academic aptitude and strength in the subjects matter that we offer, e.g., economics, politics, etc.

For more information on admissions, please contact our Admissions Office.

Financial Aid

Students in the mid-career program are not eligible for financial aid from the Jackson Institute. For information on student loans, please contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Financial Aid office.

Visiting Campus

Prospective M.A.S. students are welcome to visit the program or to speak with a Jackson staff member. We hold information sessions several times in the fall of each year.

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