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:
- 18 credits of core courses taken during the first year: International Trade, International Relations: Theory & Practice, Globalization of Intersocietal Relations, Analytical & Statistical Skills, International Finance, Ethical Decision-Making, and Principled Leadership
- 18 credits in a chosen field of concentration
- 12 credits of 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 the following core courses: International Trade, International Relations: Theory and Practice, Analytical Statistical Skills, and International Finance.
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.
Learning Goals: The MSFS curriculum is designed around a series of learning goals. Read more about these goals here.