"MSFS is a place where distinguished professionals get together from across the globe. Its close-knit community, the people’s passion for international affairs, and the political dynamism in D.C. maximize synergy, making it a great program for developing the world’s future policy leaders."
"I was initially drawn to MSFS by the diverse and accomplished student body. I wanted to take part in the strong sense of community and impressive alumni network that the program exhibits. Smaller class sizes and the prime location also contributed to me choosing MSFS. I believe that this program is the best place to start a lifelong commitment to service."
"I was attracted to MSFS' small, tight-knit community and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of subjects in the field of International Relations during my two years at Georgetown. The high caliber of the student body, beautiful campus, and location in Washington DC made MSFS the ideal program for me."
"I chose MSFS because it is, rightly, listed as the top international affairs graduate program anywhere, so that's kind of hard to pass up. Specifically for me the smaller class sizes and generally smaller program, the location in Washington, the focus on practice that does not leave out considerations of ethics and consequence, and the phenomenal support provided cemented my decision to enroll here. I felt this program would prepare me to be the best skilled, informed, and connected practitioner in the field of international policy and diplomacy."
"Having worked in Washington for a number of years, I wanted to find a graduate program that would fine-tune my existing skill set and give me the freedom to explore different career paths. It was the diversity of employment outcomes, however, that set MSFS apart. The variety of opportunities available to MSFS grads is impressive, bested only by the career center's ability to utilize its most valuable resource - the Georgetown alumni network."
"MSFS combines rigorous coursework with stellar faculty, a strong network, and an accomplished and diverse cohort of classmates. The program helps develop both theoretical and practical knowledge, allowing students to think about not only issues as a whole, but also real world impact and best practices in the field, including ethical and practical considerations. I chose MSFS as a launchpad to a career of service in the international policy sector, and I couldn't be more pleased with the program so far."
"I chose MSFS as it is regarded as the top program for international relations at the graduate level. Its focus on professional skills and international security was also an important factor in my decision. I believe interactions with fellow students are crucial for one's own development, so the human size of the class is very beneficial. On top of that, the list of classes is impressively long, composed of specific as well as more general courses, while the number of mandatory classes is very limited compared to other programs. Lastly, having been an exchange student 10 years ago at Georgetown also helped a lot."
"I chose MSFS for the close-knit community, small class sizes, and the unique opportunities to engage directly with policymakers. However, what impresses me most about the program is my classmates’ unwavering passion for global service, regardless of which sector they plan to go into."
"MSFS has it all - extraordinary faculty, accomplished and diverse student body, committed staff, and brilliant career coaching. At any top institution in international affairs, though, these factors are a given. What drew me to MSFS is the program's interdisciplinary approach to international relations, global business, and economic development, all woven together through a commitment to serving the greater good."
"I chose the MSFS program because of the internationally well-known caliber of its graduates. The valuable education students receive during their time in this program is coupled by the incredible network of the faculty and alumni."
"I love MSFS's small class size. I'm constantly surrounded by a supportive cohort of fascinating individuals with similar interests, goals, and values. I look forward to growing alongside and learning from everyone over the next two years."
"Even more than the faculty of renowned practitioners, more than the personal attention of dedicated staff, and more than the network of engaged alumni, what I'm most grateful for at MSFS is the opportunity to show up each day and be inspired by my peers, many of whom accomplished incredible things before even coming to MSFS and all of whom have even more impressive plans for post-graduation. What a privilege to call people such as these "friends"."
"I chose MSFS for the opportunity to study at a world-class university, learn from an extraordinary faculty of practitioners in the fields of diplomacy, finance, and development, and form relationships within an incredibly diverse cohort of accomplished classmates. I was also drawn to the program's guiding principles of Leadership, Creativity, Ethics, and Service. These provide the foundation to analyze an ever-complex global system and craft sustainable solutions. Most of all, MSFS is an inspiring community of people committed to the shared cause of improving the world. To be the best, you need to learn from the best. The best are truly here at Georgetown and MSFS."
"I chose MSFS because of its renowned reputation, prestigious faculty, small cohort size and expansive alumni network. Additionally, its prime location in D.C. provides ample opportunities to combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience. I know my two years at MSFS will thoroughly prepare me for my future career."
"At MSFS, I am not only learning from the experienced faculty but also from my classmates from around the world. I also love that I get to be in the capital of international development and relations, Washington D.C., and network with experts in my fields of interest."
"I chose the MSFS program because of the reputation of the faculty, central location, professional student body, and extensive alumni network. The incredible opportunities afforded to all students during their studies ensure that I will have the professional skills and content knowledge to be successful in my future career."
"I have already connected with my amazing classmates, dedicated staff, accessible professors, and distinguished practitioners. Furthermore, the world-renowned reputation, small class sizes and specialized career center make all the difference. The open house and ethics class simulation sealed the deal!"
"Some of the most impressive components of the MSFS program are its distinguished faculty, the combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, small class sizes, close-knit community, and incredible student body."
"I feel that Georgetown can give me a better background and a better liberal education than any other university. I have always wanted to go here, as I have felt that it is not just another college, but instead is a university with something definite to offer. To be a "Georgetown man" is an enviable distinction, and one that I sincerely hope I shall attain."
"It is an honor and blessing to have the opportunity to learn from such an experienced group of students and faculty. MSFS is a challenging and rewarding program that will make me a stronger person and provide me with skills to better serve my community."
"I chose MSFS because of the opportunity to combine my legal education with the best graduate program for international relations in the world. That combined with the location as well as the outstanding professors and students made it by far and away the best choice."
"I chose MSFS because of its commitment to the cultivation of strong, ethical leaders in foreign affairs. As a student at MSFS, I benefit from engaged and supportive professors, knowledgeable career advisors, and a diverse and tight-knit student body. The strengths of the academic program are enriched by its central location in Washington, D.C., creating unique opportunities for learning and growth."
"I chose the MSFS program because it creates an unparalleled experience through which students can distinguish themselves professionally, both during their time in the program and especially after graduation. The intensive curriculum, high-caliber level of students, world-class professors, and exceptional professional opportunities afforded to MSFS students all lend themselves to the creation of this experience."
"I chose the MSFS program because I knew that the world's top ranked IR graduate program would place me within a unique group of peers with very diverse backgrounds but united in a desire to excel in positions of service and leadership around the world. I also appreciate the focus on an interdisciplinary academic curriculum designed to develop skills that can be put to practical use in the field."
"MSFS provides students the opportunity to apply hard skills gained through both prior experiences and the program itself towards international contexts of development, business, and sociopolitical institution building. Because the program is informed by and designed for practitioners, the courses, simulations, discussions, and workshops all focus on actual application."
"I chose the MSFS program because of its interdisciplinary and practice-oriented curriculum, excellent reputation worldwide, and small class size. However, what makes MSFS truly exceptional is its student body, which provides a diversity of interests, unique perspectives, and countless learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom."
“I chose MSFS because I wanted to pursue a rigorous academic curriculum within a close-knit setting. The program facilitates interactions between professors, practitioners, and classmates. In addition, Georgetown's location in Washington, D.C., makes it a prime location for diving into the subject of foreign relations. This includes having the opportunity to attend events featuring prominent policymakers and experts in the field. In this location, students can also explore many career and internship opportunities in the public, private, and multilateral sectors. Ultimately, MSFS offers a well-rounded experience that engages students and helps prepare them for the next steps in their careers.”
"I chose MSFS because of the program's small cohort size, ideal location in DC, broad course selection, notable and accessible faculty, world class reputation, and the impressive group of students they manage to attract each year. Beyond that, I am constantly fascinated by the people I encounter and every I am learning. There is no shortage of opportunities to explore and integrate my interests, both inside and outside the classroom. Moreover, the program does an excellent job of preparing students to succeed professionally. I couldn't be happier with my decision to come to MSFS."
"The Master of Science in Foreign Service was easily on the top of my list for graduate programs.The highest ranking school for advanced degrees in international affairs, Georgetown's School of Foreign Service has a reputation for excellence and a strong academic ethos. Faculty are current and former experts and practitioners, all whom bring unparalleled experience to their teachings. The small class size is also a real drawing point, with a focus on having a unique and diverse class coming in every year - a product of a dynamic and thorough selection process. The work itself is relevant, functional and multi-faceted, exactly what one needs out of a graduate program."
"MSFS appealed to me because of its focus on ethics and service in international relations. The program has managed to sustain its robust reputation over the years as one of the top IR graduate programs worldwide. One of the best characteristics of MSFS is that you don’t only learn from the faculty comprised of elite academics and practitioners, but also from the diverse experiences of fellow students coming from all over the world."
"I chose MSFS for the opportunity to pursue an international relations degree in Washington, D.C. – the nexus of the United States’ interaction with the world and the center of American public service."
"Having dedicated myself to a life of public service, MSFS appealed because of its own commitment to service in the international community and its appreciation for the ethical dimensions of international affairs. As others have said, its student body, faculty, location, and reputation are all significant draws. Ultimately I chose the program because I knew it would be one of the most challenging experiences I could have, and would position me to make an impact in the future."
“One thing I love about MSFS is how I've been able to tailor my degree to fit my needs and interests. In addition to the excellent MSFS courses I've taken, I've also had the opportunity to study with Georgetown professors in the Conflict Resolution, Democracy and Governance, Security Studies, and Arab Studies programs. MSFS staff and advisors have proved invaluable in helping me direct my studies to ensure that I graduate with the skills I need.”
"I chose to attend MSFS because it offers a diverse student body, small class sizes, and an esteemed faculty. We are able to apply the knowledge we acquire at Georgetown to the many opportunities offered in Washington, D.C."
"I chose MSFS because of its reputation as the top international relations program. The broad and intensive curriculum provides both high academic knowledge as well as practical skills. The location in Washington DC is literally the best place to learn what is happening both in the US and all over the world. All of things that I will learn in the MSFS can help me contribute to solving international diplomatic problems in my job at the Government of Japan."
"I believe that my overall interests, background, and work experience are exceptionally well aligned with the mission of the MSFS program. The academic program and associated opportunities will enable me to deepen my knowledge, sharpen my skills, and provide me with the values required to be a successful contributor in a complex and global society. I also appreciate the importance of the MSFS program's unswerving focus on a values-based education founded on the commitment to ethics and justice and the understanding of the powerful role that each individual can make in improving the lives of others. This focus, coupled with the rich academic program and relationship-building opportunities will help me with a lifelong journey of contributing to the global community."
"The strength of the MSFS Program lies in its small, diverse student body. I am fortunate to be surrounded by individuals who are passionate about international relations and challenge my thinking. I also appreciate MSFS' dedicated faculty and administration who are committed to providing a top-notch education and pragmatic skills for our future careers."
"What I like most about MSFS are my fellow classmates. The people here are intelligent, curious, and engaging. At the same time, the atmosphere is collaborative rather than competitive. I think this cooperative spirit reflects the maturity of the student body."
"I joined the MSFS program because it offers a dynamic and engaging group of peers, professionals, and professors to work with. During my time at Georgetown, I have experienced tremendous personal growth and had the opportunity to share my experience with the community at large."
"The size of MSFS was what pushed Georgetown's program far ahead of its rivals. I saw this smaller group as an unparalleled opportunity to develop close relationships with professors, build meaningful professional networks with concentration chairs and faculty members, and forge a strong sense of community among classmates."
"I chose MSFS because of its ideal location and small size. As somebody interested in foreign policy and public service, Washington, D.C. was the only city I considered for graduate school. The small class size at MSFS leads to close relationships with both classmates and professors."
"I chose MSFS because I believe that an integral part of any graduate program is learning from your peers and MSFS has more qualified, diverse, and experienced students than any other graduate program in IR."
"I chose MSFS because of its emphasis on practical skills and because it encourages students to intern throughout their studies. MSFS is the best of both worlds; it holds its students to rigorous academic standards and provides us with plenty of opportunities to extend our learning beyond the classroom."
"The MSFS program appealed to me because its curriculum is focused on giving students both the theoretical concepts and the practical skills needed to excel in the complex field of international relations. Additionally, the program's broad perspective translates to a wide range of professional opportunities after graduation, as does the program's location in Washington, D.C., the epicenter for international work in the United States."
"I choose the MSFS program to allow me to grow in ways that will permit me to become a more effective driver of change in emerging markets. More specifically, the broad MSFS curriculum will allow me to explore the latest thinking in international development as well as how to tackle the political challenges inherent in getting governments, NGOs, and businesses to work together effectively."
"I was initially attracted to MSFS for its outstanding global reputation as the premier institution for the study of international affairs. I also knew I wanted to study in Washington, D.C. and benefit from the unique professional opportunities it has to offer. Not only does MSFS have the location and the reputation, but it also offers an exceptional faculty and cohort of classmates from which to learn."
“MSFS is a clear choice because of its distinguished faculty, reputation, network, and location. However, the MSFS program’s commitment to service domestically and abroad is what drew me to Georgetown. I knew the program would be challenging but develop me into a practitioner that is well-poised to serve the global community.”
"I chose MSFS because of the dynamism of its student body and the caliber and commitment of its faculty and staff. I appreciate the program's pragmatic approach to theory and the exposure to practitioners that Georgetown facilitates. I was also drawn to the program's emphasis on equipping students to lead in both the public and private sector."
"I chose MSFS for the unique opportunity to learn from talented faculty with driven and diverse students in the heart of international affairs. The opportunities from the program and caliber of students have made it the ideal place to develop personally and professionally."
"The MSFS program's emphasis on applying theory to practice drew me to Georgetown as I aspire to become a development practitioner who can infuse the fundamental principle of alleviating poverty into development programs and policies. From the very first day of orientation, I was convinced that my academic experience at Georgetown will be enriched by classmates with diverse background and distinguished faculty members. I also found Georgetown's core value of service conducive to my professional and personal growth."
"MSFS is an obvious choice because of its top-notch reputation, professors, location, and alumni network. However, what really makes MSFS stand out is its constant emphasis on preparing students to serve the international community. From the classroom to the career center, every aspect of the program shows that the faculty and staff genuinely care about developing the best in their students and instilling them with a passion to serve."
“I chose MSFS because of its prestige to challenge one academically while gaining practitioner and professional skills. I selected International Development as my concentration because I have always been passionate about development, which is critical to improving people's lives and can take many forms. The small size of our program provides the opportunity to build genuine relationships with staff, faculty, alumni, and fellow classmates. Washington, D.C. is the heart of international relations and further cultivates our networking opportunities.”
"I chose MSFS for its small class sizes, access to international security practitioners both through internships and as professors in the classroom, and for its diverse class listings. Furthermore, the cross-listing of classes under more than one concentration - international security, development or business - I found very compelling, as this reflects the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of issues I expect to work with on the ground after my studies."
"What drew me to MSFS was its strong sense of community, small class sizes, and practical orientation. As an aspiring policy professional, developing a robust skill set that actually has real-world application was highly important to me. The program invests a lot in its students, and in turn, provides us with an incredible career pipeline. I can certainly say that MSFS merits its distinction as one of the top IR master’s programs."
"I've been a part of the Hoya community since 2011, and I chose to extend my education through MSFS because of the intellectual caliber and strong sense of support the students, faculty and staff have for one another. Georgetown's reputation and location in Washington DC, a global hub for political and economic activity, provides students with ample opportunities beyond what we could conceive of. I'm thrilled for the next two years."
"I was drawn to Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program by the trifecta of small classes, a robust alumni network, and a deep roster of top-notch professors that bring to bear decades of practitioner experience. But it was the opportunity to study in Washington, DC – the epicenter of U.S. policymaking – alongside such an impressive, diverse cohort that made my decision to participate in the MSFS program a no-brainer."
"I chose MSFS due to the well balanced curriculum that equips students with a strong academic background in international relations, while providing ample opportunities for field experience. In addition, MSFS's strong alumni base in the field of international development and diplomacy is one of the core assets of the program."
"What drew me to MSFS was its strong sense of community, diversity of faculty and students, and unparalleled access to enriching, professional opportunities in Washington, D.C. Multidisciplinary in nature and flexible in scope, the MSFS curriculum also provides endless opportunities to explore the vast field of international affairs."
"More than anything else, I chose MSFS for the people who make the program what it is. MSFS provides what I believe are unparalleled opportunities to learn from IR practitioners at the top of their games and to join a community of driven and dedicated colleagues. The breadth of professional backgrounds represented in this program is incredible, yet whether we are here to study development, policy, or business, we all share a commitment to service that functions as a common language."
"I chose MSFS because of its reputation for developing leaders who go on to have impactful careers across the public, private, and social sectors. The diverse experiences of my classmates and professors allow me to learn about the practical applications of academic theories first-hand."
"Besides its stellar reputation worldwide, the MSFS program promises an intellectually invigorating two years with the opportunity to learn from the best real-world practitioners. Its small class size ensures that you really get to know an amazing set of talented and driven future leaders. Every day, I am more and more certain that I made the best decision by choosing MSFS!"
"I chose MSFS for a number of reasons, including but not limited to its small class sizes, distinguished professors, and culture of professionalism. I also appreciate the vibrant network of MSFS alumni in Washington, D.C. who offer invaluable career advice and support for current students."
"I chose MSFS for its reputation amongst policy-makers, practitioners, and employers. One of the highlights so far has been the caliber of students in the program - everyone has a unique background that enlivens class discussions and enhances the learning experience."
"I chose the MSFS program because I felt that it was my perfect fit. The Washington D.C. location reputation of its professors, wide array of classes offered and sense of community helped me make up my mind to come here. What I like the most about the program is how accessible all the professors and staff have been. They are ready to advise you in your career development and help you achieve your goals. My fellow students have also really impressed me! They come from a wide array of backgrounds and are very friendly. So far the program has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy with my decision."
"I chose the MSFS program for its academic excellence in the study of international affairs and foreign policy. It's a professionally oriented master's degree, preparing us to be foreign affairs analysts and practitioners. The program's location in Washington D.C, small class sizes, and renowned faculty offer outstanding networking opportunities."
"Ultimately seeking to advance my career as an international development professional, I chose MSFS for its emphasis on developing applicable skills while fostering meaningful interactions with current practitioners and leaders in the field. As a small program with a tight knit alumni network, MSFS is able to provide real mentorship and guidance from both faculty and the alumni talent that courses through the institution."
"I chose MSFS because it allows me to combine international business and finance with international politics. In a world as complex and dynamic as the one we are living in today, the aforementioned combination is extremely valuable. Furthermore, MSFS is unarguably the best program in international affairs and as such it provides an insightful perspective about what is happening in the world and how it is changing."
"MSFS was the only program that could offer me everything I wanted in a grad program: small classes, a prestigious program, a DC location, a chance to connect with my professors and advisors, and unparalleled support in my current and future endeavors."
"I chose MSFS for its small class size and tight-knit community, its strong attention to professional development, and its amazing faculty and world-class professors. I feel privileged to be spending the next two years surrounded by such bright classmates as part of the most rigorous international affairs graduate program around."
"I chose MSFS because it simultaneously provides an academically rigorous environment, while providing a comprehensive toolbox to make us the best foreign policy practitioners. I am excited to learn from my classmates who have already made substantive contributions to the field we are studying."
"I selected MSFS because I was seeking a place where I could immerse myself into the realm of international affairs and lay down the foundation for my future career. Transitioning from the legal field, I was seeking a program that would allow me to learn specifically from practitioners and my own fellow students. I am accomplishing both of these goals, but I'm also benefiting significantly from the endless amount of resources and opportunities here in the MSFS program. By being in DC, my classmates and I are also able to gain an endless amount of perspectives from practitioners and policymakers in the city. Hence, the MSFS education is one that is both holistic and informed by both the people who work in the field, but also the future change makers in the international affairs field."
"I chose MSFS for its small class size, world-class faculty, and reputation as the world's leading graduate program in international affairs. As an aspiring foreign policy practitioner, I was particularly impressed by its emphasis on increasing students' practical skills, which will prepare me for success in my post-graduate career."
"I was attracted to MSFS because it simultaneously provides an opportunity to study international relations through a multidisciplinary lens and strengthen practical skills that are essential to our professional success."
"Besides the proximity of the school to a global political hub, the size of the program and quality of the student body at MSFS made it an obvious choice for me to attend this institution. The small class size and professionally diverse students enrolled at MSFS creates a more enjoyable learning environment. The tight knit student body is an unparalleled characteristic that is unique to Georgetown.”
"I chose MSFS because of its academic rigor, renowned faculty members, and the diversity of highly passionate and motivated students in the heart of Washington DC. I am confident the experiences here will be invaluable in my future endeavors."
"I chose MSFS because of its world class faculty, small class size, and its location in Washington D.C. My cohorts are amazing, and you truly have a huge advantage from being in such smaller class size. We are all very close and supportive with one another. Till today, my MSFS cohorts and professors continue to amaze me. They are intelligent, funny, outgoing and hardworking. I am happy that I chose to attend MSFS, and I wouldn't have chose otherwise."
"What I like the most about MSFS is its commitment to service, its focus in professional and leadership skills, and the opportunity it has given me to learn and share ideas with people with different perspectives and backgrounds. My experience at MSFS has been enriching both personally and professionally."
"What really attracted me to MSFS was the strong sense of community that program tries to foster. I think the success of the program is its ability to bring together students, faculty, and administration with such diverse backgrounds and work experience that they can in turn share with everyone in the program."
“MSFS offered a rigorous curriculum that was acutely attuned to my professional goals, access to numerous exemplary practitioners and academics, ample co-curricular activities for personal development in the field, and the opportunity to pursue a complementary joint degree, all in the context of being located in Washington, D.C.”
"Among the many reasons why I chose the MSFS program, two stand out: the first was due to the outstanding community fostered at Georgetown by the students, the staff, and the engaged alumni body; and the second was due to the program's pragmatic approach to theory, and its focus on practice outside of the classroom."
"I chose MSFS because of the program's reputation for developing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a foreign policy career. The distinguished faculty, tight-knit student body, and small class sizes provide the perfect opportunity to develop a strong network that I plan to maintain long after graduation."
"Among many other things, I really like my classmates at MSFS. They are truly some of the best and brightest and bring many diverse and fascinating backgrounds from all over the world. My professors have been excellent as well. Almost all of them have extensive experience in their fields and bring a practical perspective to academic learning."
"I chose MSFS for its small size, location in Washington DC, and the accessibility of its faculty. The student body here is very close and diverse. They bring a unique perspective and constantly challenge me to think in new ways."
"The most impressive thing about MSFS are my fellow students. They are a group of gifted people heading in a similar direction from a diverse background. This atmosphere creates a family atmosphere dedicated to improving everyone around us and the world at large."
“I would like to become an influential leader who can engage and collaborate across the business, government and nonprofit sectors, manage and disseminate global sectoral knowledge and experience, and further venture into better practices aiming to improve the ways international cooperation are currently carried out, particularly in developing countries.”
"The MSFS tradition and commitment to public service is what drew me to this program. Georgetown’s MSFS is a paragon of global affairs. It not only sits at the capital of global politics, but it is also home to the oldest international affairs degree. Along with its rich traditions, Georgetown has a multidisciplinary academic track, access to distinguished faculty and practitioners, and intimate class settings. Georgetown’s reputation not only draws the most diverse, intelligent, and committed students, but it also attracts renowned speakers and practitioners to speak about the most pressing issues of our time. I cannot afford to be anywhere else if I want to implement transformative change in the world."
"I chose to attend MSFS after the Open House where I met my impressive classmates who had lived and worked all over the world and whose myriad of perspectives brought a new understanding to political debates. I was also impressed by how accessible the professors and staff were to every one of us that day. I am fortunate since that experience did not stop there and has continued into my semester."
"Why did I choose MSFS? Although I could dwell on its top ranking, fantastic D.C. location, and unparalleled opportunities, it essentially boils down to visiting campus on Admitted Students' Day and experiencing a wonderful, overwhelming sense of peace, confident that Georgetown is where I was supposed to be. I sincerely believe there can be no greater aspiration in life than to serve a purpose higher than oneself: to serve God, our country, and the international community, and to me, MSFS embodies the ideals of justice and ethical leadership that I hold dear."
"MSFS offered the most compelling academic and distinguished practitioner-taught curriculum for my future career interests, enhanced by access to unmatched opportunities at the center of U.S. foreign policy."
"Georgetown's MSFS program was my top-choice graduate program for two reasons. First, the MSFS curriculum equips students with both the conceptual knowledge and practical skills that, together, are necessary to be an effective leader in today's world. More importantly, stemming from Georgetown's Jesuit identity, the MSFS program intentionally challenges students to weigh the ethical implications of policy decisions on the global community, particularly its most vulnerable members, in turn developing mindful, discerning public servants. Put simply, I wanted to grow intellectually, professionally, and personally in such an environment for my graduate studies."
"Georgetown and the MSFS program have a strong reputation in the International Affairs space and beyond. MSFS students I spoke with at recruiting events stood out as very engaged, articulate and prepared to succeed in their respective fields.”
"I was attracted to MSFS because of its broad and thorough curriculum, exceptional faculty and focus on service. The tight-knit MSFS community provides opportunities to interact not only with professors who are leaders in their fields, but also with the diverse and exceptional body of MSFS students."
"I chose MSFS because of its small class size, privileged location in DC, and abundant career opportunities. It's incredible to have such engaged alumni networks and learn how theories are applied to practices in international affairs. I feel blessed to spend the next two years with my fellow students who are bright, highly motivated, and from diverse backgrounds."
"What I love the most about this program is its people: an amazingly experienced student body fully dedicated in service and a passionate and knowledgeable staff and faculty ready to support and guide us through our journey. I chose MSFS because of its reputation in challenging its students to think analytically but more importantly creatively."
"I chose MSFS for its small class size and the opportunity to interact with its incredibly experienced, passionate and diverse student body. Every day I spend here, I learn from my fellow classmates' experiences and perspectives. MSFS has provided me a community of peers, distinguished faculty, successful alumni that will serve as the ideal network as I begin building my career."
"The MSFS program represents the premier standard for an education within the international relations field. The program prepare the student through rigorous academics and a further emphasis on practical application in the real world. No where else can the education given be said to be as comprehensive and thorough. This is why the MSFS program was the absolute top choice for me."
"I chose MSFS because of its world-renowned reputation as the best professionally-oriented graduate program in international affairs. The program also attracts the best students students and faculty from around the world, yet with its small class sizes maintains a sense of community and a very collegial atmosphere."
"Prior to joining MSFS I had had an opportunity to work as a spokesperson to the Prime Minister of Finland, an EU and UN peacekeeper in Africa and a representative of the world’s youth at UNESCO. I was therefore looking for a graduate program that could offer me an opportunity to reflect my practical experiences vis-à-vis world-class theoretical knowledge and cross-sectoral understanding. In MSFS I found more than what I was looking for. It is exactly its intimate community, seasoned professionals with a deep desire to serve and a central location that have built MSFS a reputation as the very top professional master’s program in the world."
"I chose and like MSFS, because of the high quality of the classes, the kind support from the administration, and talented classmates. I strongly believe that my two years at MSFS would help me develop knowledge and skills necessary in my future career."
"I chose MSFS because of the program's effective combination of academic and practical training along with its distinguished faculty, wide-ranging course offerings, small class size, prime location in D.C., and close-knit community comprised of an unparalleled student body. I believe that these features render MSFS the best place to facilitate my career aspirations in the field of IR and as a result, joining the program was an easy decision to make."
"I chose MSFS for its rigorous curriculum in Economics, Public Policies and International Relations and its extensive network. I also chose MSFS because it offers the tools necessary for career and life goals by engaging students in experiential learning through summer internship programs. In addition, MSFS offers a great environment full of intellectual people from which one is constantly learning."
“I chose MSFS because it offers a unique experience at the heart of international affairs in Washington, D.C. The faculty includes experts and practitioners in foreign affairs who are highly accessible in small classes. The talent and diversity exhibited in the student body provides an amazing group to learn from and creates a strong alumni network. I think it is an incredible program that prepares students for a career committed to service in the global community.”
"I chose MSFS because I agreed with the program's emphasis on compassion in international affairs, promoting it as a practice in which others are served and the greatest good is pursued. I envisioned the type of foreign affairs practitioner I intended to be and believed the program would help shape me into that professional: one with analytical and practical strengths, one eager for knowledge and measured in action. The final selling point was the community of colleagues, a source of both inspiration and solidarity in our collective pursuit of global change."
"I chose MSFS because of its stellar reputation, accessibility to the myriad of intellectual and professional opportunities in Washington D.C., as well as the opportunity to learn from the most renown academics and practitioners in international affairs. I was particularly impressed by the practical curriculum and the freedom and flexibility to shape one's degree to best suit one's professional goals."
"I chose MSFS because of its focus on both academic theory and professional skills. The program puts a high value on the role of the practitioner, recruiting international affairs leaders from the public, non-profit and private sector to teach classes and mentor students. This focus on professional skills development, coupled with a diverse and impressive student body, is why the MSFS program was right for me."
"MSFS offers the combination of skills, the balance of depth and breath across disciplines, that I know I'll need to succeed going forward. It's also exciting to be surrounding by classmates who are passionate about their interests and eager to learn more."
"I chose MSFS because of its top-knotch faculty and its sterling reputation within foreign affairs. I was also attracted to its location, since I hope to work in the public sector. Since I've arrived, I've been continually impressed with the caliber of my classmates and the accessibility of my professors."
"I felt MSFS was the only program that would give me the exact tools I need to succeed in my career in international affairs. The professional orientation of the degree, international reputation for excellence, caliber of teaching, and its location in D.C. are unparalleled. I am so honored to have the opportunity to study alongside such an incredible group of classmates."
"I find MSFS helpful in building up my career trajectory. Its interdisciplinary program prepares me to enter either the Taiwanese foreign service or national security community. Moreover, the distinguished faculty and great location attract the best students around the world. Their knowledge and experiences are here for me to explore in the coming two years."
"I chose MSFS for its world class faculty, classmates from around the globe, and the program's dedication to preparing students for careers in service. I was drawn particularly to the Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies Certificate program and its rigor and preparation for work in the humanitarian response field."
"Passionate to facilitate multi-sector collaborations to better integrate aid and investment in developing countries, I believe my best starting point is the MSFS program at Georgetown with a concentration in International Development. I have learned a lot from the multidisciplinary curriculum and the systematic quantitative and analytical trainings offered here. I am also deeply impressed by my classmates’ profound knowledge, experiences and spirits for foreign service. Additionally, located in Washington D.C., Georgetown also grants me great access to the close-knit community of development academics and practitioners."
"I chose MSFS because of its world-class faculty, close-knit community of students with diverse background, great career service and interdisciplinary experience. MSFS students are also privileged to have numerous opportunities to learn from renowned practitioners in DC and gain hands-on experience by working there."
"I was drawn to the MSFS program because of its flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum, expert faculty, small class sizes, and diverse student body. MSFS places an emphasis on developing practical, real-world skills for use across all sectors, something I believe to be of paramount importance in today's interconnected foreign policy environment. These factors, together with the strong and supportive alumni base, proactive career services, and location in the nation's capital made it clear to me that MSFS was the best program to prepare me for a career in international relations and security policy."
"The highly experienced and talented classmates in the MSFS program is the main reason why I chose MSFS. I am constantly inspired by my classmates inside and outside of the class. I feel so honored and privileged to be part of MSFS."