Global Affairs (MPP)

Joint degree with the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

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    Program Overview

    This joint-degree program combines the resources of the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs with those of the School of the Environment. Students studying for this joint degree gain a cross-disciplinary understanding of the scientific, political and economic aspects of international resource management and environmental issues.  


    Students in the three-year joint program earn a Master in Public Policy (MPP) in Global Affairs from the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs and one of four environment degrees – the Master of Environmental Management (MEM), or the Master of Environmental Science (MESc), the Master of Forestry (MF), or the Master of Forest Science (MFS) – from the Yale School of the Environment.
    Pursuing a joint program reduces the total time of study by one year.

    Course of Study

    Each environment degree program requires a completion of 36 credits as well as a summer internship and a thesis or a capstone project. In addition, all joint-degree students are required to attend two weeks of technical skills training (“MODs”) before beginning their studies at YSE. These are hands-on workshops, offered every August, that teach plant identification, ecosystems management, land measurement, and urban ecosystem analysis. Please see Degree Programs at YSE for more information.
    For the Master of Arts in Global Affairs, there are four required foundation courses.  The remainder of courses are tailored to the students particular academic and career interests.  For more information on curriculum, please see Courses.

    Pathway Options

    Students may begin their studies at the School of the Environment (YSE) or at the Jackson School of Global Affairs (Jackson).

      Begin at YSE Begin at Jackson
    Semester 1 & 2 YSE Jackson
    Summer 1 YSE Internship/Research Jackson Internship
    Semester 3 & 4 Jackson  YSE
    Summer 2 Jackson Internship YSE Internship/Research
    Semester 5 YSE or Jackson YSE or Jackson
    Semester 6 YSE or Jackson (whichever School was not attended during Semester 5) YSE or Jackson (whichever School was not attended during Semester 5)



    Each school individually admits students in accordance with its own criteria. Prospective students may apply to the program prior to matriculation by submitting a separate application to each school during a single admissions cycle. For more information on admission, please visit YSE Masters Admissions and Jackson School admissions.


    Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and three semesters at the Jackson School.  Fellowships awarded to joint degree students from the Global Affairs program are applied to the semesters in which the student is enrolled through the Jackson School. For information on fellowships offered to Global Affairs students, see Jackson School tuition & funding. For more information on applying for financial aid at YSE, please see the YSE financial aid website

    Contact Info

    School of the Environment
    195 Prospect Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
    Phone: 800 825-0330

    Joint Degree Faculty Contact
    Michael Dove

    Jackson School of Global Affairs
    55 Hillhouse Avenue
    New Haven, CT 06511
    Phone: 203 432-6253