About SFS


The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown’s Washington, D.C. and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education combining theory and practice and instills the values of service.

Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs and opportunties to pursue joint or accelerated degrees.

Contact the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at 301 Intercultural Center (map), Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057, at 202/687-5696 or by email for general inquiries/website concerns, media inquiries or undergraduate or graduate academic program information.


The School's liberal arts undergraduate program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, includes a two-year required core curriculum followed by two years of multidisciplinary electives. Eight interdisciplinary graduate programs are designed to teach students to think, analyze and act with imagination, good judgment and compassion.


Members of the SFS faculty demonstrate an unrivaled commitment to world-class teaching, research and service. The school’s research centers and institutes facilitate scholarship that speaks to core debates in the social sciences, humanities and applied natural sciences as well as to the most pressing global issues of our day.


SFS graduates are a diverse group, making careers in many different areas. Some work in the private sector, with law and business providing a range of opportunities.  The traditions of public service and scholarship remain strong as well; alumni can be found in the areas of diplomacy, international organizations and humanitarian work as well as in scholarly careers as members of university faculties or research organizations. Wherever they go, SFS alumni carry with them Georgetown values.


SFS embodies the values and spirit of Georgetown University. (Read more about Georgetown University and about GU's Jesuit and Catholic identity — and see key facts about Georgetown.) Values that inspirit Georgetown University are reflected in phrases commonly seen and heard on campus such as Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, Contemplation in Action, Cura Personalis and Women and Men for Others that help to convey what makes Georgetown and SFS an inviting and distinctive educational community.  These concepts are explained on the Mission and Ministry website.

SFS Mission

The mission of the School of Foreign Service is to provide students a rigorous education in international affairs that combines theory and practice and instills the values of service to others, offered by a faculty of outstanding scholars and practitioners who are committed to teaching, learning and discovery.

SFS embodies the values and spirit of Georgetown University.  A Catholic and Jesuit, student-centered research university, Georgetown educates women and men to be reflective lifelong learners, to be responsible and active participants in civic life and to live generously in service to others.

SFS Vision

The vision of the School of Foreign Service is to contribute to global peace, prosperity and human well being by educating future generations of world leaders and expanding the knowledge, understanding and values that will inform their leadership.

The School of Foreign Service is a proud member of APSIA, the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs.