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 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.