Jackson M.A. students take 16 courses over two years, including three required foundation courses.

Jackson M.A. students take 16 courses over two years, including three required foundation courses.


Required Courses

GLBL 801, Economics: Principles and Applications
This course deals with the application of basic microeconomic analysis to public policy issues. The principal goal is to teach students the process of economic reasoning and how to apply that reasoning to policy issues in the real world. The course covers the basic topics in microeconomic theory: consumer theory, production theory, market models from competition to monopoly, theories of labor and capital markets, and models of externalities and other common market failures. Some calculus will be used without apology along with a great deal of algebra and graphical analysis.

GLBL 802, Applied Methods of Analysis
The course focuses on useful analytical approaches in public policy and the social sciences. The first part of the course focuses on mathematical skills. The second part focuses on methods for analyzing empirical data and builds on the mathematical skills from the first part of the course. Special focus is devoted to developing the skills necessary to synthesize and evaluate empirical evidence from the social sciences. Students leave the class with an applied understanding of how quantitative methods are used as tools for analysis in public affairs.

GLBL 803, Power Shifts: Understanding Global Change through History
The first half of the course presents some of the major diplomatic (and sometimes military) confrontations of the twentieth century, beginning with the First Balkan War, including the breakdowns of the late 1930s and progressing through the end of the Cold War. The second half introduces the history of Ukraine and closes with a case study of the Russian invasion of Ukraine’s south and east as the end of the post-cold war order. In both parts emphasis is placed upon a close reading of primary documents and upon the reconstruction of possible alternatives.


Building your Individualized Curriculum

In addition to the three core courses, M.A. students take courses from throughout Yale’s Graduate and Professional Schools in building their individualized program of study.

Each semester, the Jackson Institute provides its M.A. students with a “matrix” of courses, a list of interesting and relevant courses from across the University. The matrix serves as a guide for students, but students are not limited to choosing courses from the matrix in building their curriculum that best matches their interests and goals.

Students meet with the Director of Student Affairs at the start of each term, and throughout the program, and course schedules approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. Students’ overall program of study adhere to policies and procedures outlined by the Graduate School and the program.


Full Course Catalog

All Jackson courses are listed in the full Yale University course catalog (search for “Global Affairs”). 

For a list of courses offered by the School of Management, School of Law, and other Yale professional schools, please visit their websites.

Each semester, Jackson compiles a list of courses from across the University that we think are particularly relevant to Jackson students. The matrices from past semesters are listed below.

Past Course Matrices