Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Yale University
New Haven, CT


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Private
  • Acceptance Rate

    rate 15%
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $105
  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $43,300
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $43,300
  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Global Affairs (two-year program)
Master of Advanced Studies in Global Affairs (one-year, mid-career program)

Our Program

The Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs offers a two-year Master’s Program in Global Affairs and a one-year Master of Advanced Study in Global Affairs.

Our M.A. program prepares students to impact the global community through an academically rigorous yet flexible interdisciplinary program. Our students carry on the University’s tradition of attracting creative, intellectually curious individuals who come to Yale ready to define their own path to a career in global leadership and service.

The Jackson Institute’s program occupies a unique place among international affairs M.A. programs. Each Master’s candidate pursues an individualized course of study taking advantage of resources from across the University. For students, this is a remarkable opportunity to study with renowned Yale faculty from all disciplines. Seminars with Senior Fellows, practitioners from the public and private sector, round out the rich offerings from which students may choose.

The M.A. program is small by design, with 30-35 students in each entering class. Coming with diverse backgrounds and career interests, Jackson’s graduate students form an intimate and loyal community. Our size and approach create a dynamic atmosphere as students become a resource to each other and a window to the diversity and complexity of the global affairs field. Our students leave the Jackson Institute with lifelong connections to colleagues working around the world in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors in diverse fields that include policy analysis, security analysis, trade and economic development, foreign affairs, human rights, international finance, and environmental policy.

Jackson’s Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Global Affairs is a one-year program for mid-career professionals. The M.A.S. is aimed at professionals with extensive experience in a field of global affairs such as international security, diplomacy, and development. 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.


  • Acceptance Rate

    rate 15%
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $105


  • checkbox-alt GRE
  • checkbox-alt Personal Statement
  • checkbox-alt 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • checkbox-alt Resume
  • checkbox-alt Unofficial Transcripts from all institutions attended (official transcripts will be required of enrolling students).
  • checkbox-alt The TOEFL or IELTS is required of most applicants whose native language is not English. If you have received (or will receive) an undergraduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction, and if you have studied in residence at that institution for at least three years, you are exempt from the English Language Test requirement and are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • checkbox-alt The GRE is optional for the M.A.S. mid-career program.

Application Deadline

Application Fee Waiver Deadline: December 1, 11:59 p.m. ET

Final Application Deadline: January 2, 11:59 p.m. ET

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 70 Students
  • Female

    female 49% Female
  • Male

    male 51% Male

Clubs & Associations

What Our Students Say

  • The world is hungry for leaders who are comfortable with the complexity of an interwoven world. Yale Jackson equips leaders with an interdisciplinary toolkit and a personal network of practitioners, strategists, and innovators to help navigate an ever more uncertain and turbulent world. I left Jackson more informed, better equipped, and more inspired to take on the world's most urgent challenges.

    Adam Hammer, M.A. in Global Affairs ‘20

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $43,300
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $43,300
  • Financial Aid Available

    checkbox-alt Yes
  • Average Financial Aid Offer

    grad-aid $51,000

Additional Information

  • checkbox-alt Work-study Programs Available
  • checkbox-alt Application Fee Waivers Available
  • checkbox-alt 100% of M.A. students who request financial aid receive at least a half tuition fellowship. Additional funding is merit-based.