MSFS students are required to complete sixteen three-credit courses—four courses in each of four semesters—with a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or higher. These courses include:
- five core courses taken during the first year: International Trade, International Relations: Theory & Practice, Globalization of Intersocietal Relations, Analytical & Statistical Skills, and International Finance
- six courses, including one workshop, in a chosen field of concentration
- five electives, which may be used to expand knowledge in another field or earn one of several certificates.
Students can be granted waivers via exam from all core courses except Globalization of Intersocietal Relations.
Language: MSFS students must pass a language proficiency examination, for which course work may or may not be required, depending upon the student's level of proficiency.
Oral Examination: The MSFS capstone is a one-hour oral examination taken in the spring of the second year.
Internship: Students pursuing the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) are required to have successfully completed at least one internship for an internationally-oriented organization in the public, private or non-profit sector during their course of study.
Minimum Grade and Grading Standard: Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. MSFS courses follow a grading standard, which is outlined in this document.
Transfer Credits: With the approval of the director of the MSFS Program, students may transfer up to three (3) credits for graduate-level course(s) completed at another institution. Credits applied to a previously completed master's degree may not be applied toward the MSFS degree.
Learning Goals: The MSFS curriculum is designed around a series of learning goals. Read more about these goals here.