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Employment by Sector 24% NON PROFIT

Non-Profit 39% 24% PUBLIC


Georgetown University The Walsh School of Foreign Service is an integral part of the larger Georgetown University community. Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university and a leading research institution. The University embodies its founding principles in the diversity of its students, faculty and staff; its commitment to justice and the common good; its intellectual openness and its international character. Located in a truly global city, Georgetown profits greatly from the Washington, DC experience. Washington’s political significance and cosmopolitan population touch students’ lives in many ways. In addition to policymakers and business leaders based in the Washington area, world leaders regularly visit the city and Georgetown, giving students the opportunity to meet and engage with the people driving political, social and economic events around the world.

CLASS OF 2011 EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR AND ORGANIZATION The following list summarizes all reported employment of 2011 MSFS graduates. In some cases, more than one graduate is employed at a listed organization. Information on geographic location is noted where it has been provided. For more detailed information on where our students are interning and working, as well as how we help them get there, visit and

Public 38%

Private 38%

Private Sector

Non-Profit Sector

Public Sector

Asahi Shimbun (Washington, DC)

Atlantic Council (Washington, DC)

Capitol Hill (Washington, DC)

Barclays Wealth Management

Caritas (Freiburg, Germany)

(London, UK)

Center for Humanitarian Dialogue

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London, UK)

Booz Allen Hamilton (McLean, VA)

(Geneva, Switzerland)

Government of Bhutan

Carana Corporation (Rosslyn, VA)

CHF International (Washington, DC)

Government of Peru

Casa de Reposo San Onofre, S.L.

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (Washington, DC)

Government of Turkey

(Valencia, Spain)

Council on Foreign Relations

Government of Poland

Centra Technology Inc. (Arlington, VA)

(Washington, DC)

IFC (Washington, DC)

Cisco Systems (Washington, DC)

D2C Global Outreach Network

Inter-American Development Bank

Citi (New York, NY)

(Washington, DC)

(Washington, DC)

CSS (Chicago, IL)

Institute for the Study of International Migration (Washington, DC)

National Nuclear Security Administration (Washington, DC)

International Organization for Migration (Washington, DC)

Reut Institute (Israel)

International Republican Institute (Washington, DC)

(Washington, DC)

Harper College (Chicago, IL)

U.S. Department of Defense

National Democratic Institute for

U.S. Department of State

Deloitte Consulting (Arlington, VA) Huatai United Securities (Shanghai, China) I-Dev International (Mexico) Integra Government Services International (Washington, DC) JP Morgan (New York, NY) Knights Investment Group (New York, NY) Kroll Consulting (Washington, DC) LivePerson (New York, NY) Macfadden and Associates (Washington, DC) Management Systems International (Washington, DC) McKinsey and Company (Chicago, IL; Shanghai, China) PricewaterhouseCoopers (McLean, VA) Reuters (Libya; Iraq) SEAF (Washington, DC) SunEdison (Shanghai, China) Target Corporation



United Nations Foundation U.S. Army

International Affairs (Washington, DC)


Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (Pakistan)

(Afghanistan; Ukraine; Washington, DC)

PlaNet Finance (Washington, DC)

World Bank (Washington, DC)


Revenue Watch Institute (Washington, DC) Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program (Berlin, Germany)


SEEP Network Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford, CA) Teach for All (Washington, DC) The Brookings Institution (Washington, DC) Wisconsin Project World Economic Forum (New York, NY)

(Minneapolis, Minnesota)


Taylor-DeJongh (London, UK) Wise Consulting (Washington, DC) Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Georgetown University | Box 571028 | Washington, DC 20057-1028 | Phone: 202-687-5763 | Fax: 202-687-5116 E-mail: | web:

The goal of the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program is to prepare women and men to be creative leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors of international affairs. MSFS not only teaches its students to understand the historical, political, social, cultural and economic context of contemporary international relations, it also seeks to instill in them a commitment to service in the international community and an appreciation for the ethical dimension of international affairs. Students develop their knowledge in substantive areas of international relations while sharpening skills such as critical thinking and writing, effective speaking and quantitative methods of analysis.


MSFS is the first of eight degree programs within the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS). Since its founding in 1919, the Walsh School has devoted itself to educating the next generation of global leaders. Students

n  Master

at SFS benefit not only from the advantages found at the seat of U.S. government in Washington, DC, but also from the wide array of opportunities at various international organizations, embassies and consulates, trade and consulting groups and non-profit institutions in the area. In addition, SFS students learn from a preeminent faculty of scholars and practitioners, who bring a rich mix of experience in policy, history, trade, culture and diplomacy into the SFS classroom. A truly global school, the Walsh School attracts students from over 70 different countries to comprise a diverse student body of over 1,400 undergraduates and more than 700 graduate students. Students in MSFS often take advantage of the richness of the Walsh School by attending courses or events offered by the other SFS graduate degree programs: n  Master 

of Arts in Arab Studies

n  Master 

of Arts in Asian Studies

n  Master 

of Arts in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies

of Arts in German and European

Studies n  Master

of Arts in Global Human Development

n  Master

of Arts in Latin American Studies

n  Master

of Arts in Security Studies

Other academic programs with resources and programming available to MSFS students are: n  African

Studies Program

n  Center

for Muslim and Christian Understanding

n  Institute

for the Study of Diplomacy

n  Institute

for the Study of International Migration

n  Landegger

Program in International Business Diplomacy

n  Luce/SFS

Program on Religion and International Affairs

n  Program

for Jewish Civilization

The Walsh School of Foreign Service is a member of APSIA, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.

NILOO GHAEMI u Tehran, Iran u  Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology u MSFS 2013, International Development


“I chose MSFS because of its diverse student body, world-class faculty, and commitment to service. Being part of this community of global citizens has challenged and inspired me while giving me the opportunity to build strong friendships. MSFS has also equipped me with the skills necessary to successfully transfer my engineering and private sector background to the development sphere.”

FERNANDO LONDONO u Bogota, Colombia u Bachelor of Military Science, Colombian Military Academy u  MSFS/MPP 2013: International Relations and Security, Certificate in International Business Diplomacy (IBD) “Everything about MSFS is consistent with its mission of preparing students to be leaders in international affairs. Amazing professors and classmates from every part of the world and all walks of life will constantly challenge your assumptions, helping you think critically and understand the context of what you do - whatever that may be. This global perspective is what separates leaders from the pack.”

The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) is a two-year, full-time program that blends theory and practice to prepare students for leadership and service in a changing world. The curriculum and co-curricular activities are designed to ensure that students learn with—and from—one another. Because each incoming class is limited to fewer than 100 students, each student receives personalized attention and has the opportunity to establish lasting bonds with professors and peers. OUR STUDENTS: DIVERSE AND ENGAGED Our students come to us with a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. Our current student body includes journalists, financial analysts, teachers, business professionals, military officers and engineers. We regularly welcome participants of academic and professional programs such as Fulbright, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, JET, Rangel, McNair, Truman, Pickering and PPIA. Students are on average 26-27 years old when they enter the program, and have 3-5 years of work experience. Typically 30-40% of MSFS students are non-U.S. citizens, and all of our students have lived, studied or worked abroad. Our student body includes citizens of over 40 countries, and normally 20-25% of our U.S. students are from an underrepresented population. MSFS students organize and participate in various extra-curricular activities such as policy debates, sporting events, networking events, topical panels, International Student Night and a Spring Ball. See the box below for additional activities our students pursue.

OUR FACULTY: TOP SCHOLARS AND PRACTITIONERS The Walsh School of Foreign Service brings together leading scholars and practitioners to offer students a full range of knowledge and experience in the field of international affairs.

MSFS recruits additional practitioner faculty from a wide variety of areas in the public, private and non-profit sectors of international affairs. For more information about our faculty, visit

Notable scholars on the School faculty include: Carol Benedict, Victor Cha, Robert Cumby, Carl Dahlman, Raj Desai, Charles Kupchan, Rodney Ludema, Susan Martin, Kathleen McNamara, John McNeill, Ted Moran, James ReardonAnderson, George Shambaugh, Scott Taylor, Elizabeth Stephen, Erik Voeten, James Raymond Vreeland and MSFS Director Anthony Clark Arend.


In recent years, MSFS students have had access to courses taught by practitioners such as:

MSFS alumni return to campus regularly to share their knowledge and experience with current MSFS students, offering career sessions or teaching workshops and other courses. They provide professional guidance in special events such as “DC Career Days” and the annual MSFS New York City Career Trip. And they meet with current students individually to mentor them throughout the year.

Madeleine Albright–former Secretary of State Nicole Bibbins Sedaca–Chair, Board of Directors, Institute for Global Engagement Joseph Cirincione–President, Ploughshares Fund Chester Crocker–former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Marc Grossman–former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Fruzsina Harsanyi–former Vice President of Tyco Chuck Hagel–Former United States Senator Mark Lagon—Former U.S. Ambassador to Combat Trafficking in Persons Carol Lancaster–Dean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

“There’s a saying ‘iron sharpens iron’ and I think it applies to MSFS. Beyond the exceptional professors, superior environment for learning and a tradition of excellence–it was the quality of my classmates that I remember most about my experience at MSFS.”

Academic Programs

More than 3,000 MSFS alumni are working in businesses, governments, non-profits, financial institutions and multilateral organizations throughout the world. They retain a strong link to MSFS, participating in a variety of aspects of the program.

Alumni recruit current students for internships and send in job postings from around the world to help our students. Students enjoy the support and advice of alumni during the program, and new graduates benefit from the assistance of fellow MSFS alums—as well as the larger network of over 17,000 School of Foreign Service alumni—as they begin their careers.

Dennis Ross—National Security Council and U.S. Middle East Peace Envoy Dov Zakheim-Undersecretary and Comptroller of U.S. Department of Defense

Student activities on and off campus include:

W. GYUDE MOORE u Cape Palmas, Liberia u  MSFS 2009: Foreign Policy and International Security, Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies u Deputy Chief of Staff/Head of the Program Delivery Unit at Executive Office of the President


Big Buddies, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Hoyas United in Graduate Service, MSFS Africa Forum, MSFS Latin America Forum, MSFS Middle East and North Africa Forum, Professionals in Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Affairs, Hoya Circles, Thinking Beyond the Beltway, Georgetown University Military Affairs Society, Net Impact, Georgetown Women in International Affairs, MSFS Student Representative Council

n  International

Relations and Security

n International


n International

Commerce and Business


Self-designed or Regional Concentration

Students take a selection of courses within their concentrations to fit their professional goals. In addition to the Core and concentration courses, students further shape their studies with five free electives. Students can choose electives from other graduate programs in SFS and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as well as other Georgetown programs such as law, business and public policy on a space-available basis. MSFS students may also pursue “Focus Areas” which reach across concentrations and explore issues that transcend conventional boundaries: n Energy n Global n

and Environment Institutions and Partnerships

Social Enterprise



Concentration Course

of Intersocietal Relations (A History Course)


Concentration Course

Analytical and Statistical Skills




Concentration Course

Relations: Theory and Practice



n W  orkshop

(Specialized Concentration Course) n

Concentration Course


Concentration Course









DEGREE REQUIREMENTS In addition to coursework, MSFS students must satisfy three degree requirements: passing the capstone MSFS oral exam, passing a foreign language proficiency exam and completing a relevant internship. These requirements demonstrate important competencies for a career in international affairs. DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS MSFS works with the School of Foreign Service, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Georgetown Law Center and the McDonough School of Business to offer the following dual degree options. n Master

of Science in Foreign Service/ Juris Doctor (MSFS/JD)

n Master

of Science in Foreign Service/Master of Business Administration (MSFS/MBA)

n Master

of Science in Foreign Service/Master of Public Policy (MSFS/MPP)

n Master


International Finance

n I nternational

of Science in Foreign Service/Master of Arts in Economics (MSFS/MA in Economics)

“MSFS provided me with the ability to approach difficult issues and the skills to solve complex problems. The ‘Business of Development’ workshop was instrumental in preparing me for all aspects of implementing and designing a development project. At MSFS your classmates, your professors and, most of all, the alums form a network of support in DC and around the world.”

STEVEN FISHER u New York, NY u MSFS 1984: Sino-Soviet Studies u CEO, Citibank Ukraine

n Master

of Science in Foreign Service/Master of Arts in Global, International and Comparative History (MSFS/MAGIC)

n Bachelor

of Science in Foreign Service/Master of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS/MSFS)

n Bachelor

of Science in Business Administration/Master of Science in Foreign Service (BSBA/MSFS)

CERTIFICATES In addition to the regular degree requirements, MSFS students may use elective courses to complete a certificate in one of the following areas: n Arab


n Asian


n Eurasian,

Russian and Eastern European Studies

n International n Refugees

Business Diplomacy

and Humanitarian Emergencies

Visit for more details about our curriculum, courses, concentrations and other educational opportunities at MSFS.

The goal of MSFS is to help each student take the next step toward a challenging and rewarding career after graduation. Through career advising, skills clinics, professional panels, career trips, receptions and networking events, MSFS prepares graduates not just for a specific job, but rather for evolving careers that often span all three international sectors: public, private and non-profit.

“MSFS is uniquely positioned to help you develop your international relations career and skills set. Located in Washington DC with its obvious advantages, MSFS purposely gathers a diverse, talented and ambitious group of future practitioners. The program provides a broad, rigorous and relevant curriculum to create the strongest foundation and network for access to a wide array of international career opportunities.”

CAREERS Ambassador Gabor Csaba–Director-General, Department of the Americas, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Notable MSFS alumni and positions they have held include:

Dennis McDonough–U.S. Deputy National

Students also take advantage of one-on-one advising sessions and clinics with the School of Foreign Service Career Development Center to identify internship and job opportunities and refine resumes, cover letters and networking strategies. The Center offers a database of thousands of job, fellowship and internship possibilities. MSFS students are automatically given access to this system when they enter the program and are encouraged to post a resume to allow employers to search for them.

Molly Ashby–Co-founder and CEO,

Prince Talal bin Muhammad–Special Advisor to King Abdullah II

Students typically intern part-time two semesters during the program, and full-time during the summer between their first and second years. During the summer, approximately 50% of students intern abroad, while most of the rest work in DC or New York. Both MSFS and the SFS Career Development Center administer funds to support students pursuing unpaid internships over the summer, awarding a total of $157,000 to 64 MSFS students in 2012.

Jay Collins–Vice Chairman of Global Banking

All students are required to complete a relevant internship during their time at MSFS. The MSFS Internship Coordinator works with students to identify internship prospects that will complement their coursework and position them for successful careers following graduation.

“The MSFS curriculum offers a unique blend of theory and practice which imparts upon students the tools necessary to succeed in the public or private sectors. I love teaching MSFS students–they are smart, eager, and bring a variety of different experiences to the classroom. The peer interaction is fantastic–among the best I have seen at many different elite educational institutions.”

DEAN CAROL LANCASTER u  Dean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University u  Director, MSFS: 1998-2002 u  Former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development “The MSFS program, ranked as a top master’s program in international relations, prepares graduates for professional careers of leadership and service. The program is multidisciplinary, bringing theory and practice together to illuminate the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow. But, as a relatively small program, it also creates among its students, past and present, a strong sense of community and network.”

Admissions MSFS graduates consistently earn positions as Presidential Management Fellows and U.S. Foreign Service Officers, but public service is only one area in which our alumni find opportunities. MSFS alumni can be found in a variety of governments, corporations, multilateral institutions and non-governmental organizations around the world. Our 2011 graduating class of 104 students went into diverse careers in over 60 organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors. During the past decade, over 95% of all MSFS graduates who are seeking employment have found permanent positions within six months of graduation.


VICTOR CHA u  Professor of Government and D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University u  Director of Asian Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University u  Former Director of Asian Affairs, National Security Council, White House (2004-2007)


Career Development n

International Trade

n G lobalization

CURRICULUM During the first year, MSFS students work and learn together in five Core courses that lay the foundation for further specialized study. In the middle of the first semester, students choose one of four concentrations in which to focus:

“MSFS opened a whole world of possibility for me. The opportunities I had during the program and as I graduated proved essential keys to my professional path. I have consistently drawn on what I learned and experienced in MSFS in ways that have been a great asset to my career and life.“


HEATHER MCLEOD u Brooklyn, NY u MSFS 2010: International Development u  2010 DHS Policy Fellow, Department of Homeland Security

Sample Curriculum

PERSONAL APPROACH One of the distinctive elements of MSFS is its commitment to offering small classes that facilitate close interaction between students and faculty. With a cohort of fewer than 100 new students each year, enrollment in most MSFS courses is limited to a maximum of 18 students. The small cohort and class size are in keeping with our desire to maintain a personal touch and create an environment that serves the whole person during his or her time as a student at Georgetown.

MARIA EITEL u Seattle, WA u  MSFS 1988: International Development u President and CEO, Nike Foundation

Solera Capital Ambassador Marcia Bernicat–U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau Jeff Bernstein–President/CEO, TG Ventures Rob Boone–Director, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association His Royal Highness Prince Felipe de Borbon y Grecia–Prince of Asturias Audrey Bracey Deegan–Managing Director, Braden Partners and Managing Director, Public Sector Group, Citigroup Leslie Black Cordes–Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Wendy Silberman Cutler–Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs Maria Eitel–President, Nike Foundation Ambassador Tatiana C. Gfoeller–Former U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan

with Survivor Corps in Rwanda to bring genocide survivors and ex-combatants together to rebuild their communities

n Promoting

social entrepreneurship in Brazil with Ashoka


Michael Kim–Founder and Managing Partner, Cendana Capital

n A

bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or the equivalent)

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff–Member of the European Parliament Zyad Limam–Director General, Afrique Magazine Security Advisor

Ambassador Michael A. Sheehan–Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC); former U.S. Ambassador at Large for Counterterrorism Shéhérazade Semsar de Boisseson– Managing Partner, Development Institute International

n One

course in macroeconomics and one course in microeconomics, both with final grades of B or better by matriculation. Admission may be granted on a conditional basis until this condition is met

n One

Santiago Sedaca–President, CARANA

Kate Snow–Correspondent, Rock Center with Brian Williams; fill-in anchor for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

set of standardized test scores (see “How to Apply” for details)

n Demonstrated

current proficiency in a modern language other than the applicant’s native tongue. An admission condition may be placed on applicants who have not utilized their

foreign language in the past three years personal statement that provides insight into the applicant’s motivation for study at MSFS and how the program can help the applicant reach his/her professional goals

n Facilitating

communication between the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and national and international observers

n Conducting

market research and testing for a social enterprise focusing on recycling plastic bags into solar cookers and water pasteurizers in Mozambique



Beyond the basic requirements, successful applicants will have:

All application materials must be received by January 15 to be considered for admission for the following fall semester. A completed application includes:

n International

experience (work, volunteering or study) prior to matriculation

n Work

experience related to the applicant’s area of interest. For example, a stated interest in Development or Conflict should be supported by experience abroad in developing or conflict regions of the world

n Statistics

and calculus coursework is helpful


Quantitative: 705 (72%)

Analytical Writing: 4.9 (71%)

TOEFL: 109 (Internet-based) IELTS: 8.0 Average Age Entering the Program: 26.3 Average Amount of Work Experience: 4.2 years

n A

Ambassador Nancy E. Soderberg–President of Connect U.S. Fund; former Member of U.S. Delegation to the United Nations

Recent MSFS student internships have included: n Conducting interviews with FINCA microentrepreneur loan recipients in Nicaragua n Working

MSFS accepts students on the basis of excellent academic records, international experience and professional achievements. The program normally receives 800-1000 applications and admits approximately 25-30%. Our goal is to select a diverse and talented pool of students who can not only benefit from the program, but also have valuable experiences to share with their fellow students.

n Contributing

to a study on Guatemalan rural development n Drafting a proposal for a non-profit organization project to assist NGOs and civil society in Macedonia n Evaluating the financial and business viability of an airport in Central America and an office building in the West Bank for OPIC

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n Writing

and coordinating production of television programs at the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs office in Indonesia

n Preparing

a study for the Asian Development Bank on the role of asset management and resolution companies in bank restructuring and enterprise privatization

n Application n Statement

form and fee of Purpose

n Resume n All

official transcripts, with official translations if not in English

n Letters

of recommendation (three recommended, only two required for MSFS)

n The

combined Supplemental Data Sheet and Foreign Language Proficiency form

n Standardized

Test Scores

•A  pplicants with a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education where English is the language of instruction must submit either the GRE or GMAT. The one exception to this rule is for Georgetown MSFS/JD applicants, who may submit the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT. •A  pplicants who do not have a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education where English is the language of instruction must submit the TOEFL (minimum internet-based score 100) or IELTS (minimum score 7.0). Note: MSFS is a full-time program with only fall admission. We do not offer a PhD.

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