The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) prepares students for careers in international affairs in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Graduates obtain employment in:
Business, public interest and research institutes
Lobbying and trade associations
Federal agencies, such as the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and Defense
The intelligence community
Within six months of graduation, more than 95 percent of the class is employed. Our graduates have one of the highest success rates in passing the U.S. foreign service examination and in selection to the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. The small size of the program creates an extraordinary bond between students and faculty, which is maintained years after graduation.
Program concentrations include:
Global Politics & Security
Global Business & Finance
Self-Designed/Regional & Comparative Studies
The MSFS curriculum combines the theoretical and practical aspects of international affairs. The program is full-time, but students are expected to have internships of up to 20 hours per week with firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service conferred the first graduate degree in international affairs in 1922, pre-dating the U.S. State Department's adoption of the term "foreign service." Since that initial class, over 3,000 students have completed the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program. Graduates have attained notable success in careers with national governments, international organizations, private businesses and civil society groups.
Today MSFS is recognized as one of the most selective programs in the world. As reported in the February 3, 2015 issue of Foreign Policy, arecent survey of international relations faculty ranked Georgetown among the field's top professionally oriented master's degrees.
Attention to the individual student is a hallmark of the MSFS program, with small classes, faculty-student interaction and life-long friendships cited regularly in post-graduation surveys. Other attractions include the program's distinguished faculty, the Washington, D.C. location and a curriculum that integrates multidisciplinary core requirements with skills training, internships and field experience.
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