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Dual Degrees

Students in the MSFS program may pursue solely the MSFS degree, or combine the MSFS with a second dual degree. MSFS works with the School of Foreign Service, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Georgetown Law Center, and the McDonough School of Business to offer the following dual degrees:

Note: Degree candidates for all joint degree programs must satisfactorily pass the MSFS language proficiency examination and must pass a one-hour oral examination.

J.D./MSFS

  • 4 years full-time study.

  • 113 total credit hours; 74 hours of Law Center courses and 39 hours of MSFS work.

Preferred Sequence of Courses
  • First Year: 15 hours of MSFS required curriculum courses + 9 hours of MSFS electives/concentration gateway courses

  • Second Year : 29 hours of Law Center required courses

  • Third/Fourth Year:  3 hours of the MSFS Workshop, 12 hours of MSFS electives, and remaining Law Center required courses and electives

Hours breakdown
  • 15 hours of MSFS required curriculum in the first year.

  • 29 hours of the traditional first-year domestic law courses.

  • 3 hours in the MSFS workshop (years 3 and 4).

  • 29 hours in further domestic law courses including Professional Responsibility(years 3 and 4).

  • 16 hours in international law courses including: 3 hours in International Law I: Intro to International Law; 4 hours in further international law courses; and 9 hours in international law related courses which complement the MSFS concentration (years 3 and 4).

  • 21 hours of MSFS electives within the area of concentration (years 2, 3, and 4).

Admissions

Admissions processes and decisions for MSFS and the Law Center are made independent of one another. Applicants to the J.D./MSFS joint degree program must submit separate applications and fees to the Georgetown Law and Georgetown Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Please indicate on all admissions forms that you are applying to the joint degree program.

The LSAT may be submitted in lieu of the GRE or GMAT for applicants to the J.D./MSFS dual degree program. A paper copy of the LSAT score should be sent to MSFS.

Although it is preferable that you apply to both programs at the same time, you can apply for the dual degree program during the first year of the Georgetown J.D. program, or during the first year of MSFS. Since admissions decisions are made independently, you are not guaranteed special admission consideration because you are already in one program. JD Program information and application materials are available from The Georgetown University Law Center, 202/662-9010.

MSFS/MBA

  • 3 years full-time study.

  • 90 credits, including the entire first year of the MBA program and the complete MSFS program.

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 

Sequence of Courses/Course Information
  • First Year: Students complete the first year of the MBA Program and are required to take one MSFS elective course in the spring.

  • Second Year: Students must complete the coursework required of traditional first-year MSFS students and take one MBA course in the spring.

  • Third Year: Students combine the required MSFS workshop with MSFS and MBA electives.

The Georgetown MBA includes a required international experience of one-week of field-based learning outside the U.S. and 12 weeks of directly related course work. Three first year integrative experiences and an 18-week international business course will weave international issues throughout the first year. A 12-week course in Technology and Knowledge Managementwill connect technology issues to all functional areas.

Admissions

Admissions processes and decisions for MSFS and the Business School are made independent of one another. Applicants must submit applications to both admissions office. Students should indicate on all admissions forms that they are applying to the joint degree.  MSFS accepts the GMAT.

You can apply for the dual degree program during the first year of the Georgetown MBA program or during the first year of MSFS. Since admissions decisions are made independently you are not guaranteed special admission consideration because you are already in one program. Information and application materials for the MBA Program are available through the McDonough School of Business, 202/687-4200.

 

MSFS/MPP

  • 3 years full-time study.

  • 78 credits, comprised of 39 GPPI (Georgetown Public Policy Institute) credit hours and 39 MSFS credit hours.

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Sequence of Courses/Course Information
  • First Year: Fall (12 credits)—International Trade, International Finance, Globalization of IR, Stat. Methods for Policy Analysis; Spring (12 credits)—Regression Methods for Policy Analysis, Public Finance, Public Management, MSFS elective

  • Second Year: Fall (12 credits)—Adv. Regression/Prog. Eval. Meth., IR: Theory/ Practice, Comparative Pol. Process, SFS workshop; Spring (15 credits)—Public Policy Ethics, GPPI elective, MSFS electives (3)

  • Third Year: Fall (15 credits)—Research Practicum, GPPI elective, MSFS electives (3); Spring (12 credits)—Research Practicum, GPPI electives (2), MSFS elective

Admissions

Applicants must meet the admissions criteria of both schools and must complete separate applications for each department by the January 15 deadline. Applicants should indicate their intentions for a dual degree on all admissions materials. For more information about the Public Policy Program, please contact The Georgetown Public Policy Institute, 202/687-5932.

MSFS/MA in Economics

  • 2.5 years full-time study.

  • 54 credits; students pursue both degrees simultaneously.

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  • Study in Economics is divided between Theory (12 credits), Method (4 credits), and electives (12 credits).

Sequence of Courses
  • First Year: Fall—IR: Theory/ Practice, Micro Theory I, Macro Theory I; Spring—Micro II or Macro II, MSFS electives (3)

  • Second Year: Fall—Globalization of IR, Statistics, MSFS electives (2); Spring—Econometrics, MSFS elective, economics electives (2)

  • Third Year: MSFS workshop, economics elective

Admissions

To pursue the joint degree, students must apply (and be admitted) to both programs. The economics department requires a minimum mathematics background of three semesters of Calculus and one of Linear Algebra. Other evidence of quantitative proficiency, such as high GRE quantitative score, and a strong background in economics are important. While an undergraduate economics major is not required, students should have mastered the intermediate level of economic theory and undergraduate statistics or econometrics.

MSFS/MAGIC

  • 2.5 years full-time study.

  • 60 credits; students pursue both degrees simultaneously.

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 

  • Degree candidates must pass all History department examinations. 

Sequence of Courses/Course Information
  • First Year: Fall—Core Colloquium, Comparative IR: Theory/Practice, International Finance, International Trade; Spring— Analytical & Statistical Skills, MSFS elective, history core colloquium, international history elective

  • Second Year:  Fall—MSFS workshop, MSFS electives (3); Spring—History Research Seminar Part I, history elective, MSFS electives (2)

  • Third Year: History Research Seminar Part II, history electives (3)

Candidates bypass the MSFS required history course (Globalization of Intersocietal Relations) and substitute the history core colloquium. They combine their elective study in the two programs.

Admissions

Applicants must complete separate applications for each department but should indicate on all admissions forms that they are interested in the joint MSFS/MA History degree program. In addition to meeting the MSFS admission criteria, students pursuing the joint degree should present credentials indicating completion of at least 18 credit semester hours in history with a "B" or better average in history and a cumulative undergraduate average of "B" or better.  For more information, contact the History Department, 202/687-6061.

BSFS/MSFS

  • 5 years full-time study.

  • Students enter the MSFS program in their senior year of undergraduate studies and take graduate-only (500-level and above) coursework during the fourth and fifth year of study.

  • Juniors who have maintained an honors academic average (3.5 or above) are eligible to apply to the MSFS program.

Sequence of Courses/Course Information
  • First Year: 18 hours of MSFS required curriculum courses and 6 hours of graduate-level electives

  • Second Year: 3 hours of MSFS workshop and 21 hours of graduate-level electives

Candidates are eligible to receive the BSFS in the fourth year upon completion of BSFS degree requirements and may receive the MSFS degree upon completion of the fifth year of course work and all other MSFS degree requirements. Students must complete all the requirements of both programs. During the fourth year of study, students maintain their undergraduate status for the purposes of tuition, financial aid and housing.

Admissions

Students must consult with BSFS Associate Dean Mini Murphy regarding application procedures prior to applying to the MSFS program. Applicants are also required to have an interview with the Director of MSFS Admissions (write to msfsinfo@georgetown.edu for an appointment). BSFS/MSFS applicants must upload the 5-year Supplemental Form with their applications.

Admission to the BSFS/MSFS Program is extremely competitive and students must satisfy all published application procedures for the Graduate School and MSFS except the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To be competitive, BSFS students should have a 3.7 cumulative GPA, substantial experience living abroad (in addition to any study-abroad experience), significant work and/or internship experience connected to international affairs and advanced proficiency in a foreign language.

BSBA/MSFS

  • 5 years full-time study.

  • Juniors in the School of Business who have maintained an honors academic average (3.5 or above) are eligible to apply to the MSFS program.

  • Students must complete their undergraduate distribution requirements by the end of their junior year.

  • Students enter the MSFS program in their senior year of undergraduate studies and take graduate-only (500-level and above) coursework during the fourth and fifth year of study.

  • Degree candidates must also pass an internship requirement.

Sequence of Courses/Course Information
  • First Year: 18 hours of MSFS required curriculum courses and 6 hours of graduate-level electives

  • Second Year: 3 hours of MSFS Workshops and 21 hours of graduate-level electives

Successful candidates will receive the BSBA and the MSFS degrees simultaneously upon completion of the fifth year of course work and completion of degree requirements for both programs. During the fourth year of study, students maintain their undergraduate status for the purposes of tuition, financial aid and housing.

Admissions

Interested candidates must consult with the coordinator of Undergraduate Programs, School of Business, before applying to the BSBA/MSFS program. Applicants are also required to have an interview with the Director of MSFS Admissions (write to msfsinfo@georgetown.edu for an appointment). BSFS/MSFS applicants must upload the 5-year Supplemental Form with their applications.

Admission to the BSBA/MSFS Program is extremely competitive and students must satisfy all published application procedures for the Graduate School and MSFS except the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). To be competitive, BSBA students should have a 3.7 cumulative GPA, substantial experience living abroad (in addition to any study-abroad experience), significant work and/or internship experience connected to international affairs and advanced proficiency in a foreign language.

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