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Graduate Programs

The Walsh School of Foreign Service awarded its first graduate degree in the early 1920s. Since that time, the SFS has continued to develop an innovative approach to graduate education for professional careers in international affairs.

In a continually changing and unpredictable world, the overarching mission of the School is to prepare women and men to be creative leaders with a commitment to service and an understanding of the ethical component of global affairs. In order to achieve this mission, the School works to ensure that our graduate students have the proper substantive understanding of the international system and the necessary skills to thrive in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of international affairs.

“The #1 Master’s Program for International Affairs.” Foreign Policy, 2018

Thematic Programs

Master of Science in Foreign Service

The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) is a broad international relations degree, providing students the opportunity to have a grounding in core courses that cross the critical disciplines of international relations, history, and economics before focusing in a particular concentration.

MSFS

Master of Arts in Security Studies

The Master of Arts in Security Studies (SSP) affords students the opportunity to explore the field of security in-depth, covering issues from intelligence and defense analysis to emerging issues such as the perils of peace operations or the intricacies of information warfare.

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Master of Global Human Development

The Master of Global Human Development (MGHD) provides students a general core of quantitative and analytical skills necessary for the development field and gives students the opportunity to develop a familiarity with one or more specialized areas of development, such as health, private enterprise, or environment/climate change.

GHD acronym

Regional Programs

Master of Arts in Arab Studies

Housed within the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), the Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary study of the region. CCAS is the only academic center in the United States focusing exclusively on the Arab world, and it has been doing so with distinction since 1975.

MAAS

Master of Arts in Asian Studies

The Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA) was established over thirty years ago to meet demands for the rigorous academic study of this critical region.

MASIA

Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies

The Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (MAERES) provides a solid grounding in the languages and cultures of the region and interdisciplinary depth in the social sciences.

MAERES

Master of Arts in German and European Studies

The Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study. The program encourages students to expand their studies and develop regional/thematic concentrations by connecting with other programs within the SFS.

MAGES

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (LAS) is designed for students pursuing careers in government, business, and international organizations in the U.S. and abroad as well as those who contemplate additional post-graduate work in the humanities or social sciences.

LAS acronym

Joint Degree

Master of Arts in International Business and Policy

The Master of Arts in International Business and Policy (MA-IBP) provides working professionals with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the drivers in business and international relations with the context of contemporary global issues.

MAIBP

Graduate Certificates

Thematic Certificates

  • Certificate in Diplomatic Studies
  • Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy
  • Certificate in Global Human Development
  • Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies

Regional Certificates

  • Certificate in African Studies
  • Certificate in Arab Studies
  • Certificate in Asian Studies
  • Certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European Studies
  • Certificate in Latin American Studies