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2022 Applying to Graduate School in International Affairs

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University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs

Students Empowered in Career Preparation Through Personal Advising and Fellowships

Post-graduate success is a top priority for the Keough School of Global Affairs at Notre Dame. As such, the school heavily invests in career preparation and professional development opportunities for its students, offering personal advising, hands-on field training through internships and Integration Lab projects, postgraduate fellowships, and funding opportunities for language, research, and travel.

“The Master of Global Affairs prepares students to address global challenges through multidisciplinary, rigorous professional training and practical fieldwork alongside practitioners and our partners around the world,” says Becca Méndez, the school’s associate director.

A new, $5 million gift to the Keough School this year will be used to further support students in launching a successful career. It will be applied to initiatives such as immersion trips to Washington, DC; paid post-graduate fellowships for up to six months for alumni of the program; and career treks to other cities for professional development and networking opportunities.

“Applicants are encouraged to emphasize not only why they want to enroll in the Master of Global Affairs program and what they will bring to the program, but also how this degree relates to and enhances their career trajectory and future life plans.” –Becca Méndez, Associate Director, Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

Competitive applicants to the Master of Global Affairs program will have a strong academic background and letters of recommendation, ideally two years of professional experience in a global setting, and proficiency in English and a second language, Méndez explains.

Students at the Keough School come from varying backgrounds, identities, and professional career trajectories. “We continue to welcome applicants from around the world and from diverse religious, secular, and philosophical traditions,” Méndez says.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT | Course on ‘Anti-Racist Vocabulary’ Tackles Racism’s Core Concepts


Students at the Keough School explore racism’s core concepts through an innovative elective course called “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary.” This lecture series features preeminent guest scholars, thought leaders, and public intellectuals. By exploring one concept at a time, students develop a sustained, critical engagement to understand systemic racism. Topics include implicit bias, the Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma, and the events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri.

The course is offered by one of the Keough School’s academic institutes, the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights, and is designed to provide the intellectual grounding for transformative anti-racism work at Notre Dame and in the global community. Guest lecturers help build an anti-racist knowledge base by sharing their own “musts”—must read, must watch, must listen—on the week’s topic or on anti-racism generally.

Graduate Degree Program Options
• Master of Global Affairs
• Master of Global Affairs and JD
• Master of Global Affairs and MBA
Each degree offers three concentrations: Sustainable Development, International Peace Studies, and Governance and Policy, with opportunities to specialize.

Deadlines for Fall 2023
Master of Global Affairs:
Application: December 15, 2022
Financial Aid/Scholarships: December 15, 2022

Applicants to the dual-degree MGA/JD and MGA/MBA programs must apply separately to each program, and they will be evaluated independently by each program. For detailed application requirements, see https://keough.nd.edu/mga

Standardized Exam Scores: The GRE will not be required for those applying to start the Master of Global Affairs in fall 2023. Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores unless they have studied at least two years at a university where instruction is in English.

Recommendation Letters: Three letters of recommendation are required for the Master of Global Affairs. At least one letter should speak to the candidate’s academic ability, and one to their professional abilities. Letters attesting to the applicant’s character are also valued.

Application Checklist: https://keough.nd.edu/apply