Global Affairs Joint Degree (MA)

This joint-degree program combines the resources of Yale’s graduate Global Affairs program 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.  This joint degree is strongly supported by the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.


Students in the three-year joint program earn a Master of Arts degree (MA)in Global Affairs from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and one of four degrees from the School of the Environment (YSE), Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Master of Environmental Science (MESc), Master of Forest Science (MFS), or Master of Forestry (MF).
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 three weeks of technical skills training 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 three 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.


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 the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and three semesters at GSAS.  Fellowships awarded to joint degree students from the Global Affairs program are applied to the semesters in which the student is enrolled through GSAS. For information on fellowships offered to Global Affairs students, see Jackson Institute 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 Institute for Global Affairs
55 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203 432-6253