Centers, Programs and Institutes

SFS has strong and dynamic individual centers, programs and institutes. These homes to degrees and certificates as well as research are the basis for the School of Foreign Service’s proven ability to respond energetically and flexibly to the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

  • SFS Undergraduate Program
    home to the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service
    Features an interdisciplinary liberal arts core curriculum and eight international affairs majors.
  • Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS)
    home to the Master of Arts in Arab Studies
    Focuses on the contemporary Arab world, from Morocco to the Gulf, through teaching, scholarship, public events, research, publications and outreach to the local schools.
  • Asian Studies Program
    home to the Master of Arts in Asian Studies
    Strives to give students an education that is rich in scholarship, rigorous in terms of methodology and relevant to Georgetown’s special niche in international affairs.
  • Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES)
    home to the Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
    Offers one of the nation’s preeminent master’s degree programs and hosts a rich outreach program of events in the area from central Europe to the Pacific and the Baltic to the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas.
  • BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES)
    home to the Master of Arts in German and European Studies
    Provides an institutional foundation at Georgetown University for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching on modern Europe, with emphasis on cultural studies, economics, history and political science.
  • Global Human Development Program (GHD)
    home to the Master of Global Human Development
    Prepares students—through coursework, co-curricular programming and a summer field assignment—to understand the challenges of development and provides them with the tools and experience to address those challenges as successful professionals.
  • Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
    home to the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
    home to the Political Database of the Americas
    Stands as one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the Western Hemisphere; focuses on on democratic consolidation and governance, economic development and trade, poverty and inequality, indigenous peoples, culture and society, inter-American affairs and other subjects through interdisciplinary teaching, research, and outreach activities.
  • Center for Security Studies (CSS)
    home to the Security Studies Program, offering the Master of Arts in Security Studies
    Seeks to bridge the gap between the academic and policy communities by facilitating the interaction and exchange of ideas among faculty and students in the School of Foreign Service and national security and foreign policy practitioners and analysts.  The Center’s preeminent goal is to produce a new generation of analysts, policymakers and scholars fully knowledgeable about the range of international and national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st century.
  • MSFS Program
    home to the Master of Science in Foreign Service
    Prepares women and men to be creative leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors of international affairs, instilling in students a commitment to service and an appreciation for ethics.
  • SFS-Qatar
    Stands as a global and regional leader in international affairs, offering an unparalleled education and groundbreaking research and attracting the best international scholars and experts as faculty and visiting lecturers; offers majors in Culture and Politics, International Economics and International Politics that prepare graduates for positions in fields requiring a global perspective and a diplomatic acumen in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.


  • Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies (CANZPS)
    Offers a program of courses about Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in such disciplines as history, government, international affairs, sociology, literature, and fine arts; also has an extensive outreach program of lectures, conferences and meetings.
  • Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at SFS-Qatar
    Provides a forum for scholarship and research on international and regional affairs at SFS-Qatar—fostering thoughtful dialogue among students, scholars and practitioners of international affairs, facilitating the free flow of ideas and engaging in outreach activities with a wide range of local, regional and international partners.
  • Center for Jewish Civilization (CJC)
    Seeks to study the global dimensions of Judaism throughout the ages and especially in our own era, with an emphasis on the ethical aspects of Jewish civilization—examining Judaism both as a religion and as a civilization and community of people in dialogue with others.
  • Mortara Center for International Studies
    Seeks to advance scholarship and inform policy by combining the expertise of scholars and the experience of international affairs practitioners to illuminate the fundamental forces—political, economic, and cultural—that shape international relations.


  • African Studies Program
    Focuses on political life broadly conceived and aims to foster an understanding of politics and economic development, conflict management and resolution and issues of governance and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.


Special Endeavors

  • Georgetown Leadership Seminar (GLS)
    Promotes among emerging world leaders a dialogue leading to cross-disciplinary cooperation in international affairs through an annual invitation-only executive education program.
  • National Resource Centers: Middle East
    NRCs are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education. They provision for the teaching of foreign languages; provide instruction in fields needed for full understanding of areas, regions, or countries where a language is commonly spoken; provide resources for research and training in international and foreign language aspects of professional and other fields of study; and provide opportunities for instruction and research on important issues in world affairs.


  • Georgetown/ESADE Global Executive MBA
    Combines the interdisciplinary teaching strengths of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and SFS with ESADE’s strengths in entrepreneurship and social innovation.