Academics

International careers increasingly require knowledge and skills that transcend the confines of traditional academic disciplines. The MSFS program addresses this with a multidisciplinary course of study that integrates theory and practice. The curriculum offers:
 
  • a full-time, two-year, 48-credit program
  • small classes with interactive teaching and learning
  • required core courses that provide cross-disciplinary insights into the dynamic international system
  • advanced courses in economics, history, politics and business as well as quantitative methods, analytical skills and foreign languages
  • a choice of three professional concentration areas: global politics and security, international development, global business and finance
  • specializations that integrate classes, skills training, internship opportunities and unique, practitioner-taught workshops

The MSFS faculty encompasses scholar-teachers and practitioners. Faculty teaching MSFS students include Charles Kupchan, Victor Cha, Kathleen McNamara, John McNeill, and Theodore Moran. Among the more notable practitioners are Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Ambassador Robert Gallucci. Adjunct faculty include executives from the World Bank, Citigroup, Exxon, ITT, McKinsey, Sidley Austin, FINCA and Knight Ridder Newspapers.

Practitioners serve as Concentration Chairs for each field of study. Their applied professional insights complement the full-time faculty's role in advising on course selection, internships, career preparation and employment opportunities. Practitioners also offer optional one or two-day skills clinics; recent examples include global strategy concepts and approaches, international development project design and evaluation and business risk assessment and management techniques.