University of Notre Dame - Keough School of Global Affairs

Why you should consider this program

The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs offers a two-year Master of Global Affairs (MGA) degree to prepare skilled and effective leaders and agents of change for high-impact careers in governments, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector.

Within the MGA, you’ll choose a concentration — International Peace Studies, Sustainable Development, or Governance and Policy (with opportunities to further specialize in areas such as human rights, international law, global religion, democratic politics, migration and refugees, etc.).

Engaging with students from around the world, you’ll be challenged to think broadly and imaginatively about global issues; engage deeply in the language, religion, and culture of one or more global regions; and forge real-world partnerships and effective and inclusive solutions to global challenges.

In addition to core courses and a wide range of electives, you’ll take meaningful fieldwork that is customized to your career goals through a field practicum (either a six month internship with a peacebuilding organization, or a two month Global Partner Experience with the Integration Lab.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 114,100 $ 114,100 $ 0
Out of state $ 114,100 $ 114,100 $ 0
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

100% tuition scholarship.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Costs of field practicum covered by the program. Coverdell Fellows may also be eligible for additional funds in the form of academic-year stipend.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 18,810

Application fee waived?



Coverdell Fellows may fulfill their internship requirement to serve an underserved American community by working at a local (South Bend, Indiana area) community-based organization during the academic year (this typically occurs if the fellow chooses to spend the summer working at an international site).  For a list of local South Bend organizations with which Notre Dame has an ongoing relationship, please visit the Office of Community Engagement website.

Alternatively, fellows can complete an internship with a partner organization in Washington D.C., thereby fulfilling the requirement of the Coverdell Fellowship and the field experience requirement of the MGA program at the same time. The growing list of organizations with strong internship relationships with Notre Dame include the Arms Control Association (Washington, D.C.), which promotes public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies; the Alliance for Peacebuilding (in Washington, D.C.), which leads a community of 100 organizations building peaceful and just societies around the world; and Catholic Relief Services (in Baltimore, MD), which helps poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture, and access to affordable health care.

Jobs for program alumni

Keough School graduates work in the public, private, and international or domestic nonprofit organization sectors, demonstrating the versatility of the master of global affairs degree.

We provide personalized career support (learn more here: Career-Resources), tapping into the rich resources of a major research university, including Notre Dame's global alumni network.

The MGA is built upon the thirty-year history of the Kroc Institute's MA in International Peace Studies. Information about alumni from this program who are actively engaged with MGA students can be found on the website of the Kroc Institute at https://kroc.nd.alumni.

Other details

Program length

2 years, including a field practicum experience ranging from 2 to 6 months.

Application requirements

The application deadline is December 15th. A completed application for the Master of Global Affairs includes the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE (optional)
  • Transcripts from all schools attended (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of intent
  • A concentration specific essay (question available on application platform)

Admissions process

Applicants can contact [email protected] with any questions.

To request an application fee waiver, please complete this form: Click Here. In order to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship, please included your Description of Service (DOS) in your application.

Program begins


Non-traditional options

To qualify for the Coverdell Fellowship, students must be enrolled fulltime.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Bill Goldberg, Program Director

Keough School of Global Affairs 1010 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-7000