Curriculum

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:

Students can be granted waivers, based on previous academic work and experience, from three core courses: International Trade, International Finance and Analytical and Statistical Skills.

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. 

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.

Oral Examination: The capstone of two years at MSFS is a one-hour oral examination taken in the spring of the second year.

Dual Degrees: Students in the MSFS Program may pursue solely the MSFS degree or combine the MSFS with a second degree.

Library Resources: The Georgetown University Library system provides abundant resources for education and research in international affairs. MSFS students also have access to other Washington area libraries and collections that meet more specialized needs.

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.

Sample Curriculum 

First Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
International Trade International Finance
International Relations: Theory & Practice Concentration Course
Globalization of Intersocietal Relations Concentration Course
Analytical and Statistical Skills Elective
Second Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Workshop Concentration Course
Concentration Course Concentration Course
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

Minimum Grade Requirement and Grading Standard

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

The MSFS grading standard was adopted in 2011 to provide for greater consistency in grades across the MSFS curriculum and to combat grade inflation, whereby faculty assessment of student performance results in final course grades distributed as follows.

MSFS Grade Distribution

20% A
30% A-
30% B+
20% B and below

Whereby an (A) is Outstanding; (A-) is Excellent; (B+) is Very Good; (B) is Good; (B-) is Acceptable; and a (C) is Minimally Passing.

Please click the following for a notice of the grading standard.