This 16-month interdisciplinary program is designed for working professionals with seven or more years of experience who wish to continue full-time employment while pursuing their degree. Under the guidance of world-renowned scholars, diplomats and policy makers, students move through the program as a cohort and develop strong professional connections with accomplished and diverse colleagues. This degree program is delivered in Washington DC on an alternating weekend (Friday/Saturday) schedule.
During the 16-month program, students complete two preparatory courses in international economics and politics online, and a series of core and elective courses on campus. This format delivers a broad overview of global issues, customized to suit the academic interests of students.
Campus: Washington, DC
Duration: 16 Months, Part-time
Course delivery: In-person
During the 16-month program, students complete two preparatory courses in international economics and politics online, and a series of core and elective courses on campus. This format delivers a broad overview of global issues, customized to suit the academic interests of students. It is convenient for working professionals as classes typically meet every other week on Fridays and Saturdays.
|Online Preparatory Courses||Introduction to International Economics||July – August (7 weeks)|
|Introduction to International Politics|
|Module I||International Politics||September – November (10 weeks; 5 Fridays & Saturdays)|
|Global Trade & Policy|
|Module II||Strategy & the Use of Force||December – February (10 weeks; 5 Fridays & Saturdays)|
|Contemporary Issues in American Foreign Policy|
|International Monetary Policy & Banking|
|Module III||Conflict Management & Negotiations||March – May (10 weeks; 5 Fridays & Saturdays)|
|Topics in International Development|
|Module IV||Elective||May – August (10 weeks; 5 Fridays & Saturdays)|
|Summer Break||3 weeks|
|Module V||Leading Change in a Global Environment||August – November (10 weeks; 5 Fridays & Saturdays)|
|Residency Project Preparation|
|Residency (Abroad)||Global Policy||October (1 week)|
|Politics and Risk||4|
|Economic Sanctions and Statecraft||3|
|US National Security Policymaking Process||3|
|Global Trends from the Developing World Perspective||3|
|Contemporary Middle Eastern Affairs||3|
|Topics in International Finance||2|
Note: Curriculum and dates are subject to change
Application Seminars & Residencies
Experiential learning is an important component of the MAGP. In addition to academic courses, students participate in application seminars and residencies to provide an experiential learning component to the program.
Global Application Seminars are designed to expand classroom learning into a broader context and provide students with increased exposure to the school’s faculty, especially those with deep regional expertise. They are held on Fridays or Saturdays when classes are in session.
Residencies are intense, multi-day exercises that take students outside the classroom and challenge them to apply lessons learned from their coursework. Three of the residencies take place locally. For the fourth, students travel abroad to a country chosen by the cohort.
The four residencies are:
- International Policy – With instruction from former and current policy makers, students work in teams to research, write and brief policy memos.
- Policy Simulation – Students enhance their understanding of international bargaining and negotiating as they take on the role of international leaders and policymakers in a time of crisis.
- Policy Leadership – Students participate in a military-style staff ride to a historic battlefield to study leadership and examine the many challenges of decision-making.
- Global Policy – During the final module of the program, students research a policy issue in a target country, conduct one week of intensive field research overseas, and conclude the program by presenting their report and recommendations to policy experts.