Master of Arts in International Business and Policy

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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service


International Business & Policy For Leadership at the Intersection of Business and International Relations

Experience the Intersection of Business and Policy Today’s world of political change, economic uncertainty, and technological innovation requires leaders in the public and private sectors to have the necessary skills and knowledge to grow and, if needed, transform their organizations to better serve society. The Master of Arts in International Business and Policy develops these leaders through a one-year graduate program that blends the strength of the oldest and most highly regarded school of foreign service in the world with a toptier business school with proven experience in educating global, principled business leaders. Offered by Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business, this interdisciplinary program consists of a series of six intensive modules — two of which are held abroad — along with two online courses designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. The nation’s capital — where most of the program takes place — offers unmatched opportunities for you to explore and experience firsthand the intersection of business and public policy. In keeping with the university’s Jesuit values, students also complete a Social Action Project that examines and addresses a social issue of local or global significance.


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An Alliance with a Global Edge Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business have established a partnership to deliver a Master of Arts in International Business and Policy that provides professionals with a foundation in global business and principled leadership alongside a nuanced understanding of the non-market forces that influence international economic and political relations. The Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education grounded in both theory and practice while instilling the Jesuit values of service. SFS has become one of the world’s leading academic and research international affairs institutions, led by a faculty of scholars in political science, economics, history, and cultural studies, as well as professionals with backgrounds in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business began in 1936 as an undergraduate program within the School of Foreign Service. Today it is a global leader in business education, business ethics, and social responsibility. McDonough enjoys a reputation for academic excellence, which is manifested by distinctive global programs and world-class scholarship. McDonough students and faculty engage in activities that leverage the rich fabric of Washington, D.C., reflect the Georgetown expertise and identity, and are guided by the university’s Jesuit values. The M.A. in International Business and Policy interweaves the complementary strengths of each school with the university’s rich Jesuit history and positioning in Washington, D.C. — the nexus of global business and policy.

A Curriculum Designed for Working Professionals The 30-credit-hour, modular program is designed for working professionals. You will attend six, week-long modules and two online courses during one calendar year. Four modules take place on Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., campus. Two more modules are held outside the United States in rotating locations, which currently are Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Frankfurt, Germany. Georgetown University faculty and seasoned practitioners in business and foreign affairs teach participants in a practical manner, challenging you to work together and draw upon your

skills, knowledge, and backgrounds to explore contemporary global issues. Each module generally consists of one course taught by a Walsh School of Foreign Service professor and one course taught by a McDonough School of Business professor — a truly integrated approach that is unique to our program. In addition, themed courses are built into each residency to provide you with relevant insights in different business environments around the world. Through the Social Action Project, you also will explicitly engage the values of service that are fundamental to Georgetown’s mission to develop principled leaders.

ability of the professors to adapt to real-world “ The events was the most impressive aspect of the MA-IBP program. The first two modules touched on trade law and immigration law, helping me understand the impact of actions taken by the current administration along with the history and evolution of laws pertaining to both. Understanding the importance of free trade and how the WTO works has been vital to my company as we help clients navigate issues such as the NAFTA renegotiation and the implementation of steel and aluminum tariffs.

Akhil A. Bery (MA-IBP’17) Senior Research Associate, McLarty Associates

Program Timeline and Module Modules are one week long in duration. Online courses take place over four weeks. *Locations subject to change.



Module 1: Introduction to the Global Economy

Module 2: Global Mobility

Washington, D.C. Examine the concept of globalization from both a country and company perspective. Explore frameworks of political economy, economic openness, and market access.

Washington, D.C. Analyze the political economy of globalization and the effect of free trade. Learn how the relationship between strategic global leadership and an organization’s competitive advantage enhances performance.

July Online Course: Introduction to Financial Accounts and Markets Learn to value stocks and bonds using classic techniques, and identify relevant information and tools needed to solve complex financial problems.

August Module 5: Crisis and the Future of Europe Frankfurt, Germany* Consider the possible scenarios emerging from current financial and political uncertainty in Europe. With issues such as “Brexit,� the Euro, and immigration, how can organizations prepare for the imminent changes to the most global institution of all time?

Themes May Module 4: The Asian Export Development Model Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam*

April Module 3: Globalization in Developing Economies Washington, D.C.

Investigate Vietnam’s decisions to open up to foreign direct investment and international trade. Vietnam, with one of the world’s highest growth rates, is an example of an authoritarian country attempting to open up economically while remaining politically closed.

Learn big data analytics and evaluate how big data can be leveraged for better decision-making. Study the unique dimensions of global marketing and evaluate marketing strategies of global companies.



Online Course: Global Security Threats

Module 6: The Future of the Global Economy and Graduation

Understand the pressing issues in contemporary international security, focusing on the specific issues of terrorism.

Washington, D.C. Explore perspectives on the future challenges presented by market access, trade, investment, international institutions, currency integration, and anti-globalization.

Social Action Project A Jesuit education seeks learning for engagement with and responsible action in the world. Our program encourages you to study the global management and governance of people, products, and profits as the means toward a greater social purpose in the world. Social Action Projects unite these values with firsthand business experience by pairing students together to provide global strategy research and recommendations for public, private, and nonprofit collaborators. Social Action Projects tackle a variety of international business issues, such as sustainable economic development, operations management, and technology innovation. Here are just some of the organizations our students have worked with:

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World Bank: Globalization of Space Tech Innovation

and Competition Save the Children: Emergency Humanitarian Response

Logistics Strategy and Organization

rganization of American States: U.S.-Mexico Medical O Devices Trade and Logistics and NAFTA Reforms

tarbucks: Sustainable Coffee Commodity Chain S Strategy and Organization

nvironmental Defense Fund: Deforestation and E Global Cocoa Industry-Grower Country Strategies

MA-IBP experience was priceless. I come from a “ My pretty heterogenous background. MA-IBP stripped away the safety of group-think — strangers from all over the world became family in 12 months — by creating an environment that is intellectually challenging and engaging. I now look at challenges with a global mindset and the impact on the population domestically and internationally. My employer also has taken note of the value IBP has added to my projects.

Branndon Jackson (MA-IBP’17) Economist and Senior Business Analyst, Exelon

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quality and depth of my network has grown “ The immensely. I often collaborate professionally with my peers from the program, and I developed valuable relationships with organizations like the World Bank through my Social Action Project.

Kavita Desai (MA-IBP’17) Business Development Manager, Abt Associates

Career Management The Executive Career Management Team from the McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service supports each student with advisory, coaching, and guidance throughout their Georgetown journey. Our primary career management objective is to enable you to realize your potential by helping you:


DISCOVER your strengths by understanding your values, leadership style, motivation, and aspirations.


EXPLORE your options by assimilating industry trends, work environments, and career paths and making meaningful career connections.


C REATE your future by developing and fine-tuning your narrative and professional brand to prepare you for the next steps in your career.

Offerings include leadership assessments, in-class sessions and tutorials on career and leadership topics, one-on-one coaching, job search support, and a career toolkit that will enable you to achieve your career aspirations.

A Global Alumni Network Graduates of the program receive a Master of Arts in International Business and Policy degree that is conferred jointly by the McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service. You will join the global Georgetown University network of more than 190,000 alumni with deep and varied professional experience spanning business, multinational corporations, and government and non-governmental agencies. Alumni also have access to professional alliances and over 50 regional alumni clubs on six continents.

Lifelong Learning We believe leaders never graduate. This thinking has inspired the creation of our Lifelong Learning Program, which supports our students’ professional and personal growth. Georgetown’s MA-IBP alumni have the opportunity to extend their learning and attain new business competencies for a lifetime. Through the Lifelong Learning Program, you may return to the classroom and audit one elective course each year offered through the Executive MBA program. Reconnect with faculty and peers while extending your professional network outside of your program and cohort.

blends domains of knowledge from expert faculty “ IBP at the McDonough School of Business and the School of Foreign Service, allowing a truly diverse cohort to analyze complex global issues through several lenses. This learning environment mimics the real world and is something only Georgetown can create. Thanks to the cutting-edge coursework and individually tailored career development resources, I was able to speak with confidence and relevance while interviewing with Fortune 500 companies. I ultimately landed a job with Booz Allen Hamilton and was able to transition from government to the private sector.

James Sinocchi (MA-IBP’17) Associate, Strategic Innovation Group, Booz Allen Hamilton

CONTACT US For more information, or to apply to the Master of Arts in International Business and Policy program, please contact: (202) 687-0971 Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 474 37th and O Streets, NW Washington, DC 20057

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