Global Impact Deferred Admissions


At the Pardee School, we seek a “future with peace that lasts, development that works, and knowledge that transforms.” This future requires the energy, creativity, and leadership of young people who want to make an impact as a professionals and students.

To inspire and support this next generation of international affairs professionals, the Pardee School offers Global Impact, a deferred admissions option.

  • Through Global Impact, Boston University (BU) students apply to either the Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) program or the Master of Arts in Global Policy (MGP) program. 
  • Students apply with the understanding that if they are admitted, their enrollment will be deferred for two to three years. 
  • During the years between completing college and beginning graduate school, accepted students can work or volunteer in any field.  Students are responsible for securing their own work or volunteer positions.
  • After two to three years of work or volunteer experience, students will enroll at the Pardee School, taking courses toward their master’s degree.