Accelerated Master with the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

The Graduate Institute’s cooperative agreement with Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs allows Yale students to complete a master’s degree at the Graduate Institute in one year, after completing their bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs.

This programme is ideal for Yale students who intend to pursue careers in international affairs/development studies, particularly in government agencies, public corporations, economic and development institutions and related consulting organisations.  



At the time of application, students must be in their final year of their undergraduate programme of study at the Yale Jackson School and complete all Jackson requirements for the international development or international security track of the major. 

Three MA programme options are available:

Interdisciplinary masters:

Disciplinary masters:

*Please note that students interested the Graduate Institute’s disciplinary master programme must demonstrate a solid background in the discipline of specialisation. 

Each participating student is responsible for finding a master's dissertation thesis supervisor at the Graduate Institute within the first month of the programme, but students are encouraged to reach out to faculty well in advance.

In this one-year programme, students will typically complete five elective courses in the first semester and complete a master's thesis and internship/field work in the second semester. Students will also have the opportunity to take an optional French language course beginning in August before fall classes begin on 15 September.


Application and admissions

NB: Only students in the fourth year of bachelor studies at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs are eligible to apply. Before applying, interested students must first meet with the Yale Jackson School’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. The Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs will offer information sessions about the programme several times during the academic year. 

  • Students will be responsible for meeting all application requirements and submitting all materials to the Graduate Institute in Geneva. 

  • The regular deadline for this application is 15 January

  • Admission to the programme is not final until the Graduate Institute approves the applicant’s file according to its evaluation and selection procedure.


Tuition fees and financial aid

Students will pay all tuition and fees to Yale while enrolled as students at Yale. While enrolled as master students at the Graduate Institute, they will pay all tuition and fees required by the Graduate Institute. Need-based financial aid is available to students who qualify.



For more information, please contact:

  • Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs;
    Mrs Lily Sutton, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs,

  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies:
    Diego Gutierrez, External Academic Affairs Adviser, Direction of Studies,