In the spring of the second year, each MSFS student takes a final Oral Examination, given by a panel of three faculty and/or professionals in the field of international affairs. Students are judged on their ability to present material in a well-organized and articulate manner, and to apply what they have learned to practical problems in the field of international affairs.
- One member of Georgetown faculty
- Two executives from international business, government, or nonprofit organizations in the D.C. area
Note: One member of the examination panel is matched to the student’s concentration.
Format and Grading
The oral exam lasts approximately 50 minutes and is based primarily on:
- A five-minute oral briefing by the candidate on a subject of their choice;
- Topics related to their concentration; and
- The candidate’s wider experience as reflected in their resume and academic transcript.
Each member of the examination panel grades the candidate separately; the majority determines the candidate’s final grade: fail, pass, or pass with distinction. More information about the oral examination is available on the MSFS Canvas page.