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The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy is a year-long academic opportunity that consists of:
- a two-semester seminar
- a summer research funding opportunity
- supplemental events and activities (like dinners and conferences) with professors, alumni, and practitioners (diplomats, politicians, military personnel, media experts, and social reformers)
In the Grand Strategy class, we learn how to achieve large ends with limited means, whether in military conflict, foreign policy, domestic politics, or social movements. This is done by studying and discussing readings from authors like Machiavelli, Frederick Douglass, Che Gueverra, and Immanuel Kant. The program emphasizes interaction between academics and practitioners, and between participants of differing political views.
We also learn how to apply this knowledge in the real world by way of interactions between academics and practitioners at dinners and conferences. In addition to this, students participate in group presentations of strategy briefs to high-level officials and a summer fellowship.
Yes! To be eligible, you must be either an undergraduate in their junior year or a Yale University masters or doctoral student.
- a few biographical questions
- providing one Yale faculty reference (but not a letter of recommendation)
- cover letter (which expresses your interest in Grand Strategy, relevant course and extracurricular work, and what you wish to obtain from the course)
- unofficial academic transcript
- (if you move onto the final round) a ten-minute interview
Students in the Grand Strategy program arrive with a wide variety of backgrounds and academic interests which include, but are not limited to, foreign policy, social change, geopolitics, racial justice, immigration, military strategy, climate change, and so much more. You can view all current students here.
The program is directed by Professor Arne Westad, supported by a group of senior Yale faculty and staff.
Recent practitioners include Daniel Kurtz-Phelan (Editor of Foreign Affairs and former member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff), Heather McGhee (former President of Demos and Board Chair for Color of Change), Kica Matos (president of the National Immigration Law Center and the Immigrant Justice Fund), Victoria Nuland (former ambassador to Europe and current acting Deputy Secretary of State), Rory Stewart (former UK Secretary of State for International Development), Jake Sullivan (currently National Security Advisor to President Joe Biden), and Evan Wolfson (leader of Freedom to Marry and the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage).
The program also hosts events and private dinners with a range of well-known guests and experts in the fields of social justice, foreign policy, and American politics. Recent guests include James Comey (former FBI Director), Vanita Gupta (CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), Myra Jones-Taylor (chief policy officer at Zero to Three), Andrea Kendall-Taylor (director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security), Bonny Lin (director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies), H.R. McMaster (former National Security Adviser), General Jim Mattis (former Secretary of Defense), David Miliband (President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee), Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith (Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Yale and Co-Chair of President Biden’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force), Trita Parsi (Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft), and Samantha Power (United States Ambassador to the UN).
To encourage early applications, Jackson will waive the application fee for all M.P.P. applications received by December 1. A form is not required to receive the waiver. No preference will be given to early applications.
M.P.P. applicants may still apply until the January 2 deadline, but the fee will not be waived automatically for applications submitted after 11:59 pm EST on December 1. For more information, see Application Fees and Fee Waivers.
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.
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.
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.
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.