Frequently Asked Questions

Admitted Students
What if I want to keep my faculty adviser who teaches in Global Affairs?
Yes, you can keep your adviser.
Does the DUS have to sign my schedule?
Yes. Submit your schedule to the Jackson Institute registrar, who will contact you once the DUS has signed it.
If I have tested out of one or both introductory economics courses, is the course requirement waived? Which courses should be taken in place of those requirements?
Students who have tested out of Intro to Microeconomics and/or Intro to Macroeconomics must take a substitute course that lists the course they've tested out of as a prerequisite.
Can classes from my study abroad program count towards the major?
Yes, but only with approval from the DUS upon your return from study abroad. Students must submit the syllabus and their coursework to the DUS. Provisional approval may occur before the program takes place. Final approval for any study abroad course can only take place after the completion of the study abroad program.
What should I do in the summer before my Senior year?
Global Affairs majors are encouraged to complete an internship in a field of global affairs in the summer between their junior and senior year. Jackson Institute Career Services assists Global Affairs majors in finding suitable internships and projects. The Jackson Institute also has some funding available for these internships and/or projects.
Do courses I completed prior to being admitted to the major count as track electives?
Does being a Global Affairs major guarantee me a spot in any/all courses taught by Jackson Institute Senior Fellows?
Not necessarily, but Global Affairs majors and Jackson Institute M.A. students do have some priority in any course that is primarily a Jackson course. Although majors may not be able to take all classes taught by Senior Fellows, this policy means they should be able to take at least one and likely more while at Yale.
Can classes taken toward another major count towards Global Affairs?
Per Yale College policy and for any student completing a double major, no more than two classes may be applied to the requirements of a double majors.
When will I know what classes count towards the major when I am selecting my courses?
Each semester, a list of courses that can count towards the Global Affairs major will be posted on our website. This list will be posted just before or during shopping period. Lists from previous semesters can be used as guidelines, but are not guaranteed as applicable to a current or future semester.
Does Latin count as a language for the Global Affairs proficiency requirement?
No. The Global Affairs language requirement can only be fulfilled with a modern language.
Can my class in _____ count as the core course in development or international security?
No. All Global Affairs majors must take GLBL 225 and GLBL 275.
Can my class in _____ count as an elective?
At the beginning of each semester, all Global Affairs majors will receive a list of upcoming courses that are officially approved for the Global Affairs major. In general, if you think a class may count, check the posted lists and check with the Jackson Registrar. If the Registrar has no record of the approval, you will need to submit the course syllabus for review by the DUS.
How many courses can be taken credit/d/fail toward the major’s requirements?
None of the 12 courses required for the major can be taken credit/d/fail. An L5 course used to demonstrate the language proficiency can be taken credit/d/fail. A "credit" in the L5 course will meet the proficiency requirement.
Who do I contact if I have a question about my internship, my resume, my summer plans, or my career plans?
Start with UCS, who have a large resource center, oversee ERecruiting (the online opportunities system), and offer resume advising. After you have visited their office please contact Elizabeth Gill, who is an excellent resource in Jackson's Career Development Office and can provide you with global affairs-specific information.
Who do I contact if I have a question about my courses, the major or degree audit?
Jackson's Associate Director of Academic Services & Registrar is the best first contact for these sorts of questions.
Prospective Students
What is a capstone course?
During the senior year, Global Affairs majors are required to complete a capstone course – a semester-long public policy project on behalf of a real client. The clients for these capstone courses will be government agencies, not-for-profits, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector entities in the United States and abroad. Each course will consist of up to 10 students and will be overseen by a Yale faculty member. Students will be presented with their project prior to the start of the semester. Working together as a group, and with their faculty instructor, the students will complete the project over the course of the semester.
Can courses required for Global Affairs also count for my Yale distributional requirements?
Yes. If the course record indicates that a course fulfills a distributional requirement (Hu, Sc, So, QR, WR), it will count toward your Distributional Requirements, regardless of where it fits in the major.
When are the Core courses scheduled?
Approaches to International Development (GLBL 225) is offered in the spring and Approaches to International Security (GLBL 275) is in the fall, for example. This is to give Global Affairs majors the option to complete GLBL 121 just prior to taking GLBL 225.
Does Gateway to Global Affairs (GLBL 101/ INTS 101) count toward the major?
Yes, Gateway to Global Affairs may count as an elective. It is optional, and is not considered in admissions.
If I am very interested in applying to the Global Affairs major, which classes would be best to take during my Freshman and Sophomore years so that I can best take advantage of the major if I am admitted?
In addition to working toward Yale College Distributional Requirements, it is highly recommended that prospective Global Affairs majors take Intro to Microeconomics and Intro to Macroeconomics in their freshman and sophomore years. It is our strong recommendation is that majors and prospective majors take GLBL 121 as the quantitative methods requirement, prior to taking the Development Core course, though this is not required before admission to the major. It is also beneficial to work toward the L5 language requirement. Prospective majors may also take a research design course before the junior year. Finally, if you are considering a term abroad, we recommend Spring of sophomore year as it reduces scheduling conflicts with the Core and Capstone requirements for Global Affairs majors in the junior and senior year. GLBL 225 and GLBL 275 are open to all students in their sophomore year and beyond, on a space available basis.
Do you have a waitlist for admission?
We are evaluating the effectiveness of this admission model and may or may not use it for future classes.
Can I write a senior thesis in place of or in addition to the capstone requirement?
It is not possible to substitute a senior essay or thesis for the capstone taskforce requirement. If you wish to write a thesis in addition to the capstone requirement, you may sign up for an independent study course with the approval of the DUS. Proposals for independent study courses require permission from the independent study advisor/instructor and a detailed plan for the semester's work.
Can a non-English native language fulfill the language requirement? If so, what documentation is required?
Yes. Documentation must be provided that shows that the language of instruction in high school was not English. This is the same documentation that is usually required by Yale College. If the non-English native language was not the language of high school instruction, students must receive approval of L5 equivalence from the appropriate language department.
What Summer or Term Abroad courses can count toward the major?
We recommend choosing courses during your Term Abroad in light of your interests as a track elective or in fulfillment of Yale College Distributional Requirements. Economics courses taken abroad may count toward the major only if Yale's Economics Department reviews them as comparable to Yale's offerings, which is rare. Courses are approved only with the express written permission of the DUS. Under no circumstances can another course substitute for the core courses or senior capstone.
Is there an “intensive major” option?
What do you look for in a Global Affairs application?
The admissions committee will look for success in social science (including international history) courses and a willingness to take intellectual risks. Evidence that a student will have completed introductory microeconomics and introductory macroeconomics before beginning the Global Affairs major may also be considered in admissions decisions.
How many students are admitted to the major each year?
Our goal is 50 enrolled majors per class.
When can I apply for the major?
Each fall, the call for applications is posted on the Jackson Institute website, circulated through the Residential College Deans Offices, and noted on the Sophomore website. Completed applications are typically due the Friday before November Recess. Admission decisions are made before the start of the spring semester.
Global Health Scholar FAQs
General Questions
I’m interested in global health. How can I learn more about the Global Health Studies Program?
Welcome! The Global Health Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program (MAP) is an interdisciplinary program for a select group of Yale undergraduates, called Global Health Scholars, who apply to the program during the fall of their sophomore year. The Global Health Studies MAP provides rigorous training in interdisciplinary global health methods and practice. The Global Health Studies MAP runs within Yale’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. Scholars engage with an outstanding range of undergraduate and graduate students, Faculty, Fellows, and practitioners. Scholars take courses in a variety of Global Health Studies electives and have the opportunity to participate in a range of speaker sessions and social occasions, examining critical issues in global health. Upon completion of the program, Scholars receive a certificate in Global Health Studies, which is listed on their Yale transcript. To learn more about the program, please feel free to explore the Global Health Studies website, learn more about our exceptional Scholars and terrific faculty, check out our events, attend the information session, and be in touch!
When is the information session?
We hold an information session in the fall, typically in mid-October, with details posted on our events page. We open applications to enrolled sophomores in early November. Applications are typically due just due before Thanksgiving, and we communicate decisions over winter break. You can check our events page for more details on the information session in the fall and the How to Apply section for the application.
Can I declare any major and still apply to the program?
Yes! We take students from a wide array of backgrounds and majors with interests in global health. One of the unique parts of a MAP is the ability to interact with a range of Yale students across many different majors. You will pursue common interests in global health through different majors, methods, and perspectives.
What are the Global Health Studies Program requirements?
Please see the requirements page of our website for details. In brief, Scholars take the introductory lecture course (HLTH 230: Global Health: Challenges and Responses) in their sophomore or junior years, the senior colloquium (HLTH 490: Global Health Research Colloquium) in their final year, and achieve global health competencies through their major and four Global Health Studies electives.
Can I study abroad while in the GHS MAP?
If it works with your major and MAP requirements, absolutely! If you need the courses taken abroad to count toward the GHS electives, please see this answer. In general, you are expected to fulfill your competencies with courses taken during your terms at Yale.
GHS Application Questions
Where do I find the application?
Details on the application process are posted on the How to Apply section of the website here.
If I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
We’re sorry, but no, we cannot accept late applications.
Is an unofficial transcript acceptable for the application?
Yes. You may upload an unofficial transcript or, if necessary, a screen shot documenting courses taken at Yale and applicable grades.
Can I ask a research mentor, my lab’s principal investigator, or a teaching fellow to be my recommender?
Yes, a Yale faculty member, research mentor, PI, or teaching fellow who has familiarity with your academic interests can serve as your recommender.
My recommender is not from Yale. What can I do?
A Yale recommender is preferable, but on occasion, we can accept a reference letter from a recommender outside of the Yale community, such as a summer internship mentor or employer.
If my application is accepted, what do I need to do?
Congratulations! We will ask you to fill out a form committing to the program during the winter break. You will also be contacted by the GHS Program Manager to plan courses and competency electives for the program, and receive notices for welcome events for the Global Health Scholar community.
If my application is not accepted, what can I do?
We’re sorry we cannot accept all qualified applicants because entry in this Program is particularly competitive. Please note that we do not provide feedback on applications. We hope you continue to pursue your interests in global health; many of the global health courses and events are open to the wider Yale community.
What if I have another question not included here?
Please feel free to get in touch with us on the contact form or by emailing the GHS Program Manager, Cara Fallon.
GHS Courses and Competencies
What are global health competencies?
Global health is an interdisciplinary field of study. All Scholars are expected to meet six global health competency areas during their time in the program. These are:
  • Biological & Environmental Influences on Health
  • Historical Approaches
  • Health & Societies
  • Performance & Representation
  • Political Economy & Governance
  • Understanding & Interpreting Quantitative Data
You can read more about the competency areas here.
For the competency areas, do I need to meet all six?
Yes. Scholars meet two competency areas automatically through their major and the other four areas by taking four Global Health Studies electives that do not overlap with the courses required for the major.
Which competencies do I meet through my major?
You will discuss these with the GHS Program Manager.
If I am a double major, do I still need to take four non-overlapping electives?
No. Double majors earn two competency areas for each major, amounting to four competencies. However, double majors must ensure that at least two courses in their major requirements demonstrate coverage of global health (based on the course title, description, or syllabus) and register these courses with the GHS Program Manager. Double majors meet the final two competency areas by taking two GHS electives that do not overlap with either major.
How do I know if a course I’d like to take meets a certain competency area?
Before each term, a spreadsheet of recommended courses and their associated competencies is posted on the requirements section of the website. If a course is not listed on this sheet and you believe it will meet a particular area, you may submit a petition to the GHS Program Manager by emailing the syllabus and specifying what competency area it fulfills.
Can one course count for two competencies?
No. One course counts for one competency area. Where courses fulfill two competency areas, as specified on the recommended course list, you must choose which competency they fulfill for your Global Health Studies requirements.
Can I change which competencies I count a particular course toward?
Yes. Adjustments can be made as you progress through the program. As long as the course was listed as fulfilling more than one competency area in the recommended course list, you can petition the GHS Program Manager to switch competencies areas. Please email your request with the course number, previous competency met, new competency you’d like the course to fulfill, and the spreadsheet detailing the recommended course list and competency areas.
If I have already taken courses listed on the recommended course list before being accepted to the program, can I count them toward the competency areas?
Can I take a class Credit/D/Fail and count it for the competency area?
No. Courses must be taken for a letter grade to fulfill a competency area.
Can I use study abroad courses to count toward competency areas?
Courses completed abroad that are not listed for a grade on your Yale transcript cannot count toward the GHS competency areas. Courses completed abroad may only meet a given competency area if: 1) the courses are listed for a grade on your Yale transcript, 2) the course satisfies the scope and competency requirements as listed on the website, and 3) you submit a petition to the GHS Program Manager by emailing your request with the course number, course syllabus, competency you’d like to fulfill, and a transcript documenting a letter grade for the course.
Are there core courses for the M.A.S. program?
There are no required courses for the M.A.S. Students work closely with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) at Jackson to determine what courses best suit their interests, and will form an individualized concentration.
Is distance or Internet-learning an option?
No, Jackson does not offer any part of its program online. The M.A.S. is a one-year, full-time residential program.
Does Jackson require the GRE for the M.A.S. program?
No. The GRE test is optional for the M.A.S. mid-career program.
What is the possibility of receiving a scholarship?
M.A.S. candidates are not eligible for Jackson Fellowships. The Graduate School Financial Aid Office administers student loan programs for both U.S. citizens and international students.
When are admission decisions announced?
Programs within Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences communicate admission decisions in February and March each year. The Jackson Institute announces decisions toward the end of that range, usually the first or second week of March.
Do I have to speak a second language to apply?
No, the M.A.S. does not have a foreign language proficiency requirement.
Application Process
I am currently an undergraduate student, may I still apply?
Current undergraduate students are permitted to apply to Jackson, but unless you are applying as part of a globally-focused fellowship or similar program, we strongly recommend having 1-2 years of postgraduate work experience before applying.
I have been preparing to apply for the M.A. in Global Affairs at Jackson, but can’t find reference to that degree option on the Jackson website anymore. What happened to it?

As Jackson prepares to launch as a professional school in Fall 2022, the Yale Corporation has approved the Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree to be awarded by the Jackson School of Global Affairs starting in 2023. This means all students applying for Fall 2022 enrollment will be applying for the Master in Public Policy in Global Affairs.

There is no option to apply for the M.P.P. degree in the application. What should I choose?

During the 2021-2022 academic year the Jackson Institute is still part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; therefore Jackson is still using the GSAS application form. Please select the M.A. in Global Affairs option on the application form. Students admitted to the M.A. program in March 2022 will be switched to the M.P.P. upon enrollment in the fall of 2022 when Jackson officially becomes a school and is able to award its own degrees.

Does Jackson Admissions offer webinars?
The Institute hosts online chats for prospective students during the fall admissions season and over the summer. The webinars provide an overview of the admissions process and a Q&A session with admissions staff. Visit our admissions events page for a list of upcoming sessions. You can also view past webinars on our archive page.
When is the deadline for submitting applications?
We are unable to accept applications received after the deadline of 11:59pm Eastern Time on 2 January. It is strongly advised to submit applications well before the deadline in order to avoid the possibility of technical issues in accessing your application. If you are experiencing such difficulties, please send an email to
How can I apply for an application fee waiver, if I meet the eligibility requirements?

To encourage early applications, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will waive the application fee for all MPP and MAS program applications received by December 1. A form is not required to receive the waiver. No preference will be given to early applications.

Applicants may still apply until our deadline of January 2, but the fee will not be waived automatically for applications submitted after 11:59 pm EST on December 1. After that point students can request a fee waiver directly from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Where can I find further information on how to prepare and submit my application?
When preparing the application, all applicants should review the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as well as the GSAS Admissions pages. The FAQs found on the Jackson Institute website are meant to complement any existing information on those pages.
Application Requirements
Will the Jackson admissions committee take into account academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost and Deans of Yale University adopted the following principle: 

Yale’s admissions offices for graduate and professional schools evaluate applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Credit/Fail and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.

Do you recommend submitting more than three letters of recommendation?
You should submit more than three letters of recommendation only if you strongly feel that additional recommendations would add significantly to your application.
How do I demonstrate that I am already proficient in a foreign language?
For native English speakers, we require you to leave Yale University with the equivalent of foreign language proficiency at the L4 level - essentially the intermediate level, ready for the advanced level. To fulfill this requirement, there are three options. You would: 1) need to show a 3rd year language course on your college transcript; 2) complete a full second year language course (L4) at Yale; or 3) take a language proficiency exam at Yale and place into L5 (advanced level). Note that you can choose to earn up to four credits (or two years) of language towards your Jackson degree if you would like to continue your language study. If you are a joint-degree candidate, you can earn up to two credits toward the Jackson degree requirements.
I haven’t taken any Economics classes. May I still apply?

Applicants do not need to have taken Economics in order to apply and be eligible for admission. The core Economics course does require basic knowledge in economics and calculus. A diagnostic exam before the first year will determine if students need to take a prerequisite foundational economics course in the fall of the first year to prepare themselves for this course.

Do I have to speak a second language to apply?
Applicants do not need to be proficient in a second language in order to apply and be eligible for admission. However, we require all admitted students to reach a level of foreign language proficiency as part of the graduation requirement.
Jackson Curriculum
How long does it take to complete a joint degree?
The joint degree would mean doing one semester less for each degree program you have applied for. This effectively reduces the total program of study by a year.
How do I do a joint degree?

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.P.P./J.D. program, this is three years.

Candidates must apply, and be admitted to, each school separately. Candidates can apply simultaneously at the outset or to the second program once they have matriculated in one of the programs at Yale.

Candidates are expected to spend the first year in Global Affairs and one semester of the second year in the partner program. During the final year, students register with each program for one semester, although they may take courses from both programs either term.

Am I limited to taking Jackson courses for the remainder of the program?
No. One of the unique features of Jackson’s program is your ability to choose from courses at any school or department from across the University. The full course catalog is available here. Jackson students also get preference for courses offered at Jackson.
Are core courses required as part of the M.P.P. program?

Jackson’s M.P.P. requires only four core courses:

  • GLBL 802 - Applied Methods of Analysis (Fall, first year)
  • GLBL 805 - Comparative Politics for Global Affairs (Fall of first or second year)
  • GLBL 803 - History and Global Affairs (Spring, first year)
  • GLBL 804 - Economics for Global Affairs (Spring, first year) Requires basic knowledge in economics and calculus. A diagnostic exam before the first year will determine if students need to take a prerequisite foundational economics course in the fall of the first year to prepare themselves for this course.
Students are able to choose classes from across the university for the remaining terms. Please refer to the current course catalogue for further information.
Scholarships and Funding
Are there opportunities to earn money during the academic year?
Yes. Many Jackson students take advantage of the opportunity to become a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant at Jackson or in other departments across the University. More details here
How do I apply for the fellowships listed on the Jackson website?
Simply check the box on the application indicating that you would like to be considered for financial assistance. You will automatically be considered for any source of funding for which you are eligible.
Does Jackson offer funding?
Yes. Jackson offers generous funding on a merit basis to M.P.P. students. Awards typically range from half tuition to full tuition plus a stipend. The details of funding awards are provided at the time of admission. (Read more here) M.A.S. students are not eligible for funding from Jackson.
Testing Requirements
If I have a Master’s degree that was conducted in English, would that exempt me from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement?
No. For non-native English speakers, in order to be exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS test scores, applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree or its foreign equivalent, prior to matriculation at Yale, from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction. Applicants must have studied in residence at the baccalaureate institution for at least three (3) years to receive the waiver.
If I am applying to a joint degree, do I still need to submit GRE scores?
Yes. Joint degrees are considered separate applications with separate application requirements.
Can I take the GRE and submit official test scores after the deadline?
Scores may be unofficially reported in your application but must still be officially sent to the Graduate Admissions office. Official scores may be sent to Graduate Admissions after the deadline but should be sent as soon as possible in order to ensure that your application can be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Can I submit more than one GRE score? Will the admissions committee consider only the highest score in that case?
You may submit multiple GRE scores if they are available. The Admissions Committee will consider the highest score(s) in reviewing your application.
Can the GRE requirement be waived?
Can I submit GMAT or LSAT scores in lieu of the GRE?
No, there is no substitution for the GRE.
Visiting Jackson and Speaking with Admissions
I’d like to connect with Admissions. What options are available?
The Jackson Admissions Office conducts recruiting events in major cities and also hosts webinars and Visit Days in the fall. Please visit our Events page for a list of upcoming recruitment events and links to register. Students are also welcome to visit Jackson on their own, but please be advised that availability of Admissions Office staff may be limited.
I have additional questions. What’s the best way to get in touch?
If you have additional questions, please send all inquiries to Alternatively, you may fill out our web-based contact form.