Georgetown University - SFS - School of Foreign Service

Introduction

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is the oldest school of international affairs in the United States, it's founding in 1919 predating the establishment of the U.S. Foreign Service by six years. It is also a premier school of international affairs, home in 2010 to programs ranked by Foreign Policy magazine as first in the world at the graduate level and fifth at the undergraduate level. At Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., and Qatar campuses, SFS fosters essential research, connects distinguished practitioners to the global dialogue and provides the highest-quality education, pursued in a spirit of inquiry, with a concern for values.

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Why SFS

Commitment to Service At SFS, service is not just a particular career path. It’s an approach to solving problems that are just as relevant in the private sector as it is in the public sector. Members of the SFS community utilize Georgetown’s Jesuit values no matter what they go on to do after they leave the Hilltop. The Intersection of Scholars and Practitioners At SFS, students learn from recognized experts who are actively engaged in finding solutions to complex global problems. You can study with former Secretaries of State, with people who led huge multinational corporations or with renowned scholars in international affairs. Students can attend events with speakers who come from the top of their fields, across all sectors of foreign affairs. Both students and faculty bring their expertise into the classroom and onto campus, facilitating a learning environment that pushes students to constantly challenge big ideas with experience and practice from all over the world. The depth of Understanding of Countries, Regions, and Cultures At SFS there are more than 20 different centers and programs that cover all regions of the world and key cross-cutting global issues. Convening Power in Washington, D.C. SFS has located just minutes away from the State Department, the White House, the Pentagon, and countless nonprofit organizations. This gives SFS the extraordinary opportunity for us to engage (and sometimes even influence) the debates that lead to real action.

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Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS)

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA Washington DC

Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) educates researchers, practitioners and activists on the language, history, culture, politics and economics of the contemporary Arab world. [+]

Our renowned Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) program offers comprehensive interdisciplinary training in the politics, culture, history, economics, and language of the contemporary Arab Middle East and North Africa, as well as rigorous Arabic language training. Students design a program of study that allows them to develop expertise on the pressing issues relevant to the Middle East and North Africa today in one of five concentration areas: Politics, Culture and Society, Development, History, or Women and Gender. In addition to their main concentration, students select options from the full range of courses in Middle East Studies offered at Georgetown. The MAAS program further cultivates an in-depth understanding of the region through the program’s intensive Arabic instruction, which allows our students to reach proficiency level. Students have the unique opportunity to deepen their language skills by opting to take courses taught entirely in Arabic.... [-]


Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 USA Washington DC

Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA) aims to produce students who are conversant at the expert level in the languages, politics, economics, history and societal aspects of Greater Asia. [+]

Housed within Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, the Master of Arts in Asian Studies (MASIA) program provides students a unique combination of functional training and regional expertise. This degree equips students with the necessary skills to engage with private and public sector interests in Asia while solving global issues related to the region. MASIA at Georgetown is a terminal, 36-credit (12-course) program, where students have the opportunity to study core disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to Asia. Students also pursue one or more thematic/geographic concentrations. A thesis option is available.

This innovative balance of traditional area studies and functional training offers students a package of scholarly expertise and substantive skills that enhances the intellectual value and the marketability of their degree, whether they pursue employment or a Ph.D. after graduation.... [-]


Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (MAREES)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 USA Washington DC

Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (MAREES) provides a solid grounding in the languages and cultures of the vast Eurasian, Russian and East European region and interdisciplinary depth in the social sciences. [+]

The Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) at Georgetown University offers one of the nation's preeminent Master's degree programs and hosts a rich outreach program of events on the area from central Europe to the Pacific and the Baltic to the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas. Founded in 1959 to prepare scholars who understood the Soviet Union and could analyze its secretive system, the Center has evolved in the wake of the Soviet Union’s demise and today incorporates a variety of scholarly disciplines for the study of this culturally rich region.

With an active program of community outreach, CERES provides a broad and deep understanding of Eurasian, Russian and East European affairs to audiences at Georgetown and throughout the Washington community. In addition, CERES oversees Turkish studies at Georgetown University and hosts several programs with the Institute of Turkish Studies.... [-]


Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES)

Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA Washington DC

Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of Europe, the ability to integrate academic and practical knowledge and expertise in a self-defined area of European affairs; Students acquire valuable skills in oral communication, critical writing and original (including collaborative) research as well as foreign language training. [+]

The Master of Arts in German and European Studies program is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study.

Beginning with a set of required core courses, each of which frames European studies from a particular disciplinary vantage point, students then pursue their own tailored concentrations or an approved graduate certificate through the selection of integrated clusters of electives. Elective courses may be taken at the School of Foreign Service, the School of Business, the Public Policy Institute, the Law Center, and the departments of government, history, and economics.

Degree Requirements 48 semester hours, including the 18-credit hour required core curriculum, 6 credits of interdisciplinary electives and 24 credits of free electives Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Two foreign language examinations: by completion of the program, students must demonstrate oral proficiency in one European language other than English, and reading ability in a second European language other than English Oral examination Master's Project and participation in the MAGES Colloquium Fall semester exchange program with Hertie School of Governance ... [-]

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2018 USA Washington DC + 1 more

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS) provides students with in-depth study and advanced understanding of Latin America. [+]

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at SFS 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. M.A. students typically focus their studies in one of the following disciplines: Government, Political Economy, History, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, Development, Literature and Cultural Studies, Anthropology or Security Studies.

While most students complete the degree in two years on a full-time basis, part-time and accelerated options are available as well.

In addition to the MA in Latin American Studies, CLAS also offers an undergraduate certificate in Latin American Studies, a joint MA/PhD program with the Department of Government, a joint M.A/JD program with the Georgetown University Law Center, and an accelerated BAorBS/MA program. Also, cooperative degree agreements with 16 colleges and universities allow undergraduates from these schools to pursue an accelerated masters degree in Latin American Studies at CLAS. ... [-]


Master of Arts in Security Studies (SSP)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years January 2018 USA Washington DC + 1 more

Master of Arts in Security Studies (SSP) aims 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. [+]

Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program (SSP) is the academic pillar of the Center for Security Studies (CSS) and one of eight master’s degree programs offered in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS). SSP is a multidisciplinary course of study designed to prepare graduates for positions within the defense and security fields.

The program's overarching mission 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. The SSP has over 30 years of experience preparing students with a wide range of backgrounds to become leaders in their fields.... [-]


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Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 USA Washington DC

Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) provides students with an understanding of the historical, political, social, cultural and economic context of contemporary international relations through the acquisition of knowledge areas, critical skills and strategic skills. [+]

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, a recent survey of international relations faculty ranked Georgetown among the field's top professionally oriented master's degrees.... [-]


Master

Master of Global Human Development (MGHD)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2018 USA Washington DC

Master of Global Human Development (MGHD) prepares students—through coursework, co-curricular activity 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. [+]

The Master of Global Human Development is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program that is designed to prepare the next generation of development professionals to work with public sector agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations involved in the sector. Through coursework, extra-curricular activity and a practical field work experience students understand the challenges of development and develop the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to become leaders in their field, and make a difference in our global community.

About the Program

One billion people today still live in extreme poverty. Reducing world poverty and promoting growth and development in poor countries are among the major challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Bringing about this change has never been more urgent or more prominent in public discourse on international relations, or in the priorities of graduate students considering their future careers.... [-]


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