Requirements & Recommendations

Requirements

  • High academic achievement, a clear commitment to international affairs, and related work or academic experience and achievements.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university (or the equivalent) with a record showing promise of success in graduate studies. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or its equivalent) for admission.

  • One course in macroeconomics and one course in microeconomics, three credits each, both with a final grade of B or better by matriculation. Courses in economic development, comparative economic systems, economic geography, economic history, or other such courses are not considered as substitutes for the principles of economics courses listed above. More information about the economics pre-requisite is available here.

  • One set of standardized test scores:

either

a) Applicants with a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college/university where English is the language of instruction must submit either the GRE or GMAT. Only dual Georgetown MSFS/JD applicants may submit the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT.

or

b) Applicants who do not have a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college/university where English is the language of instruction must submit the TOEFL (minimum internet-based score 100) or IELTS (minimum score 7.0).

More information about standardized testing is available here.

  • Demonstrated, current proficiency in a modern language other than your native tongue.

  • A personal statement that provides insight into your motivation for study at MSFS and how the program can help you reach your professional goals.

Recommendations

  • Overseas work, volunteering or study, usually for a year or more, prior to matriculation.

  • Work experience related to your area of interest. For example, if you are interested in Development or Conflict, it is helpful to have experience abroad in developing or conflict regions of the world.

  • Statistics and calculus coursework is helpful.