Sponsored Content

FP Guide

2016 Applying to Grad School

THIS GUIDE IS NO LONGER ACTIVE. For the current FP Guide, click here.

University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs

 Scott Appleby, Dean

What characteristics make for a successful applicant to the Keough School’s Master of Global Affairs program?

We seek applicants who are intellectually and ethically engaged and committed to improving the human condition through policy and practice. We also seek a globally diverse community, where people of all nationalities and religious, secular, and philosophical traditions are welcome. Successful applicants demonstrate high levels of academic achievement (with at least a bachelor’s degree); proficiency in at least one language in addition to English; and significant work experience in international settings (paid or volunteer). Applicants are asked to write a statement describing how the master’s degree will advance their professional goals.

How much do GRE scores matter in your admissions review?

GRE scores matter, but so do grades from previous academic programs, recommendations, professional experience, and a compelling statement of intent and personal essay. GRE scores are required of applicants who choose to concentrate in Sustainable Development or Global Affairs. The International Peace Studies admission committee will consider applications from international students who have not yet taken the GRE.

“We seek applicants who are intellectually and ethically engaged and committed to improving the human condition through policy and practice.” – Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean, Keough School of Global Affairs

Does applying earlier increase one’s chances of admission?


How much does work experience matter?

The most competitive applicants will have significant international experience (2 to 4 years, on average) working in areas related to global affairs, peace and justice, or international development.

What types of recommendations are most effective?

We require three letters of recommendation from people who know you well enough to comment on your qualifications, motivations, and ability to succeed in the program. At least one of the three recommenders, and preferably more, must be a professor with whom you’ve studied and who can address your academic abilities.

Master’s Degree Program Options:

Master of Global Affairs (MGA) with choice of concentration: International Peace Studies, Sustainable Development, or Global Affairs. Students who choose the Global Affairs concentration can customize their degree with a specialization in economic development, comparative politics, global religion, human rights, international education, international law, environmental sustainability, international politics, governance, or another area of interest selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline: December 15
All highly qualified applicants will be considered for a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend.
Standardized Exam Scores: GRE required
Recommendation Letters: Three required
Application Checklist: http://keough.nd.edu/master-of-global-affairs/apply 

Contact Information:
Colleen Andrews, Admissions and Academic Coordinator