The eight graduate programs at the School of Foreign Service integrate a multidisciplinary course of study across academic fields. SFS takes pride in its ability to foster crosscutting, multi-level understanding of international affairs in our students through the study of theory and practice, preparing graduate students to enter the dynamic international system in both professional and academic capacities.
“The classes with material I had little familiarity with added new depth and dimension to my regional focus. I would say the same goes for the internships you apply to. Diversifying your experiences and interests doesn’t make you less qualified for a job in this field. It forces you to approach an issue from new angles, stimulates creative thinking, and makes you stand out!” – Catherine Killough (MASIA’17)
Graduate students specialize within their programs in topics like Women and Gender within the Arab Studies Program to Unconventional Weapons and Non-Proliferation within the Security Studies Program. Many SFS graduate programs require foreign language proficiency, which puts research, theory, and policy into regional context.
“Never again will I spend hours each week with some of the world’s most brilliant and enthusiastic academics and practitioners—all for the sole purpose of learning. I will definitely miss such a unique opportunity.” –Alex Rued (MASIA’16)
SFS faculty include research professors and field practitioners, bringing every element of international study into the classroom. Small, interactive, and rigorous classes integrate unique internships, practitioner-led workshops, and other academic opportunities.
“My advisors at Georgetown have helped me at every phase of the decision-making process. You can always rely on them to give you honest insight into which courses will be more valuable to you.” – April Snedeker (MAERES’17)
Graduate certificates at Georgetown are designed to allow students to expand upon graduate degree coursework in a targeted field of interest, bringing together students from across graduate programs. Certificate curriculum is individually designed in consultation with each student’s home program.
Certificates can include introductory courses, language proficiency requirements, internship opportunities, and thesis research.
For more information on an individual certificate, please visit its website: