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MBA/Master of Science in Foreign Service

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business offer a full-time, three-year, program that leads to both MBA and MSFS degrees. This dual program focuses on the global interdependence of business and government systems and is intended for students with strong interests in the relationship between foreign relations and global business.

Candidates seeking management positions within international and multi-national corporations, government agencies, international development institutions, economic development institutions, and banks should consider augmenting their graduate business studies with the MSFS degree.

School in which classes are attended

  • Year one: Business School
  • Year two: School of Foreign Service
  • Year three: Both

This program requires successful completion of 90 graduate-level credits. This includes 39 MSFS credits (15 core, 24 elective), a foreign language reading examination, an integrated masters thesis, and 51 MBA Credits (36 core, 15 elective).

Students should confirm the specific School of Foreign Service requirements with an academic advisor at the School of Foreign Service.

In their first year of coursework at the McDonough School of Business, students in the MBA/MSFS dual degree program follow the standard Full-Time MBA curriculum.

In the remaining years, students take two core courses (the Global Business Experience and Principled Leadership in Business and Society) and elective courses. Students will work closely with their academic advisors to schedule elective courses, which are chosen from a wide range of options to gain expertise in specific fields.

For more information about the specifics of the MSFS degree, candidates should contact the School of Foreign Service:

Phone: (202) 687-5763
Fax: (202) 687-5116


"The MBA-SFS dual-degree program truly has allowed me to push myself in my original area of academic and career emphasis (business) while still expanding my knowledge and skill-set into another (international development). Academically, it balances breadth of topics covered with complementary skills, and professionally, it makes me a viable candidate for an even wider set of employers. Additionally, having the networks that both schools offer really provides me flexibility in my career search, both now and after school."  -Erfaan Mojgani, MBA/MSFS, 2014

"The MSFS and MBA degrees were perfect complements, a strong business and policy education that reinforced and enhanced each other. I found that having both skill sets was particularly advantageous in my job search and career."  -Julia Robbins, MBA/MSFS, 2013