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Best Place to Study International Relations: Georgetown

A closeup of a globe depicting North America.Georgetown's two-year master's programs in the School of Foreign Service are top notch, according to recent rankings from Foreign Policy magazine.

JANAURY 20, 2012 – RECENT RANKINGS FROM FOREIGN POLICY magazine have identified Georgetown as one of the best places to study international affairs. Georgetown master’s programs in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) ranked first worldwide and its undergraduate programs ranked fifth. The university also ranked first for master’s degree programs in 2007 and 2009 by the magazine.


“We can be pleased and proud that our work in teaching and research has helped produce this high ranking once again,” said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster.

The Foreign Policy rankings cited Georgetown’s two-year master’s programs, which allow students to supplement coursework with mentorship from SFS’ international relations professionals.

The oldest school of its kind in the world, SFS is home to the Master of Science in Foreign Service and Master of Arts in Security Studies programs noted in the Foreign Policy story that accompanies the rankings.

The school’s many global-related master’s options are spread out among many departments and programs, including economics, government, history, global human development, the Arab studies and more.


Foreign Policy also praised Georgetown’s undergraduate programs for their location in Washington, D.C., and a faculty “full of professionals who know all about the hard work of translating theory into policy.”

“From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to fresh-out-of-government former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Colin Kahl,” the magazine said, “[the faculty] is full of professionals who know all about the hard work of translating theory into policy.”

The rankings were derived from the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) survey, conducted by academics Paul C. Avey, Michael C. Desch, James D. Long, Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson and Michael J. Tierney.


In a separate survey in the foreign affairs magazine, Georgetown placed second in the world in a list of institutions that train the best candidates for positions in the U.S. government.

The magazine mentioned former President Bill Clinton (F’68) and former CIA director Georget Tenet (F’76) as high-profile alumni.

“We look forward to scaling even greater heights in coming years,” Lancaster said.