Master of International Studies

The master of international studies is a special program open only to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in an approved master’s degree program at one of the Elliott School’s international partner schools. Students in the program take core courses in economics, history, and political science, three credits in an elective field designed with the approval of the Program Director, and a capstone sequence. Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder. Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 28 credits, including 9 to 12 credits in core field courses, a 4-credit capstone sequence, 12 credits in a major field, and 0 to 3 credits in elective courses. In addition, all students are required to fulfill a foreign language proficiency requirement.*

See notes regarding special topics, skills, and LAW courses**

Required
Core field (9-12 credits)
Three or four required courses in economics, history, and international affairs/political science, as described below. If the MIS candidate has taken an equivalent course at the partner institution, the student may transfer credit to satisfy that core field requirement with approval of the Program Director.
3 credits in political science
IAFF 6101International Affairs Cornerstone (Fall)
3 credits in history
HIST 6030History and Its Uses in International Affairs
3-6 credits in economics using one of the following options:
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
or
ECON 6283
ECON 6284
Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
and Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
ECON 6280 is designed for students who have little background in economics. Those with a stronger prior background in economics may wish to substitute ECON 6280 with the ECON 6283 and ECON 6284 sequence for 6 credits. The ECON 6283 and ECON 6284 sequence is required for the international economic affairs concentration.
Capstone (4 credits)
Students complete a two-course capstone sequence that most closely matches the thematic area of their project. The capstone sequence includes a 2-credit capstone workshop taken before the 2-credit capstone seminar. The two 2-credit capstone courses must be taken consecutively.
Major field (12 credits)
Major fields in the MIS program consist of four courses (12 credits) selected from one of the global issues or regional areas listed below. Students should choose courses from more than one academic discipline to complete their major field and are encouraged to discuss these choices with the MIS Program Director. Subject matter covered in special topics courses may vary each semester. If the student has taken a related course at the partner institution, this may be transferred to satisfy as a major field course, with approval of the MIS Program Director. Requirements for the major fields are outlined below. Note that the focus of special topics courses vary by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester’s offerings. With permission of the Program Director, other topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements.
Electives (0 to 3 credits)
Students who take ECON 6280 to fulfill the core requirement must take 3 credits in elective courses, which may be selected from disciplines including anthropology; business, economics, education, history, public administration, political sciences, among others. Up to 3 credits may be taken in skills courses.
Major fields
Global issues fields
1. Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Required course:
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Supporting courses
Three from the following:
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and Use of Force)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nation Building: Theory and Practice)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Theory and Practice of International Negotiation)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (US Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Culture, Violence, and Conflict Resolution)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Food, Globalization, and Conflict)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Conflict Mitigation and Resolution in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency )
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Post Conflict Reconstruction)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa )
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies
Students may take a maximum of two relevant courses in the Law School
2. Global Energy and Environmental Policy (GEEP)
Core courses
Two from the following:
ECON 6295Special Topics (Energy Economics)
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
Supporting courses
Two from the following:
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6290Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response
ENRP 6140Introduction to Environmental Law
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Environmental Security )
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
IBUS 4900Special Topics (Global Energy)
IBUS 6400Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
LAW 6454International Environmental Law
LAW 6455International Climate Change Law
LAW 6460Environment and Energy Policy Practicum
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
Suggested skills courses:
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Conflict and Corruption: The Resource Curse)
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
3. Global Gender Policy
Required course:
IAFF 6102Global Gender Policy
Supporting courses
Two from the following:
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Gender, War, and Peace)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Research Methods in Global Gender Issues)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development )
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Disaster, and Policy)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Tourism, and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking )
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
In addition, one of the following may be used as a supporting course:
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology (Women, Health, and Development )
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Gender in International Education and Development )
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Women and Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Roles, Identities, and CVE)
MGT 6290Special Topics (Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership )
PHIL 6238Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
PUBH 6099Topics in Public Health (Violence Against Women )
SOC 6265Women, Welfare, and Poverty
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
WGSS 6220Fundamentals of Feminist Theory
WGSS 6221Research Issues in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 6230Global Feminisms
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy
WGSS 6241Gender, Law, and Politics
WGSS 6268Race, Gender, and Class
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (African Women in America)
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Women and Gender in International Perspectives)
In addition, students may take IAFF 2190W or IAFF 3183 for graduate credit as a supporting course with permission from the program director, academic advisor, and instructor (who must agree to assign additional work).
IAFF 2190WSpecial Topics (Women in Global Politics)
IAFF 3183Special Topics in Development Policy (Human Trafficking)
Students may substitute other courses not listed above with the approval of the Program Director.
4. Global Health 4
Students should consult the Program director concerning the global health program of study as most of the included public health courses are offered for 2 credits instead of 3.
Required course:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks (Fall)
Supporting courses
Up to 10 credits from the following:
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6132Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Low-Income Countries
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health
5. International Affairs and Development
Required course
One from the following:
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Development Policy)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Civil Society and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Democracy and Governance Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty Alleviation and Bottom Up Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty in all its Dimensions)
Supporting courses
Three from the following:
Courses in international affairs and development are grouped into the following broad fields/issues areas to help guide students in choosing appropriate coursework. Students may select courses from different fields listed below to construct a program around their area of focus.
Culture, Society, and Development
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Capitalism and Neoliberalism)
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Globally Shared Heritage)
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6508Ethics and Cultural Property
ANTH 6591Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 6702Issues in Latin American Anthropology
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Indigenous People and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil Development Policy in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil in the Global Arena)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Indigenous Social Movements)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (OAS and Democracy in the Americas)
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
Economic Development Policy
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 8358Urban Economics
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Brazil Development Policy in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Political Economy in Latin America)
PSC 6373Political Economy of Industrializing Asia
Gender and Development
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Disaster and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
SOC 6273The Sex Industry
WGSS 6230Global Feminisms
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Global Islamic Feminisms)
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Women and Gender in International Perspectives)
Global Health
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
Humanitarian Assistance
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6320International Disaster Management
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
LAW 6540Refugee and Asylum Law
Institutions and Politics
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 6373Political Economy of Industrializing Asia
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 6439International Political Economy
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 8226Politics and Organizations
PSC 8334Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
PSC 8337Theories of Political Development
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Authoritarianism and Democratization)
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Comparative Political Economy)
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Nation-Building)
International Business
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6400Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
IBUS 6404New Global Competitive Framework
MBAD 6241Global Perspectives
MBAD 6265Entrepreneurship
International Development Management
The following PPPA courses are limited to IDS students and PPPA students during early registration; open to all others on basis of availability after early registration:
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6057International Development Administration
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059International Development Management Processes and Tools
International Education
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa)
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Equality in Latin America)
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Tradition in the Middle East and North Africa)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (International Higher Education)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (Policy Issues in International Education: Developing Countries)
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6650Education and National Development
Natural Resources and the Environment
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
EMSE 6220Environmental Management
GEOG 6223Seminar: Population and Health
GEOG 6244Urban Sustainability
GEOG 6262Geographical Perspectives on the Middle East
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Global Food Security)
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
LAW 6454International Environmental Law
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
SMPP 6210Strategic Environmental Management
6. International Economic Affairs
Students pursing this major field must take ECON 6283 and ECON 6284 as part of the core field requirement for the master’s degree program. These courses do not count toward the major field.
Students also must demonstrate proficiency in introductory statistics. Means of demonstrating proficiency include, but are not limited to, prior satisfactory completion of undergraduate statistics coursework, or STAT 1051, 1053, 1111 or IAFF 6501 at GW. Students should consult the Program Director as soon as possible following matriculation into the program regarding additional ways in which this requirement may be fulfilled.
Required Courses
Two from the following:
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
ECON 6293Topics in International Finance
ECON 6295Special Topics (Applied Behavioral Economics)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Applied Financial Derivatives)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Applied Industrial Organization)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Applied Labor Economics and Public Policy)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Analysis of International Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Conditions: Analysis and Forecasting)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Forecasting)
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
PPPA 6015Benefit-Cost Analysis
Supporting Courses
Two from the following:
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Advanced Quantitative Analysis)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Corruption, Development, and Governance)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Digital Trade and Global Governance Issues)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Strategy and Political Economy)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (21st Century Trade Policies: Issues and Strategy)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Migration, Remittances, and Development in Latin America)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Oil: Industry, Economy, and Society)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Political Economy of the Middle East)
IBUS 6202Regional Strategy for Multinationals
IBUS 6297International Management Experience
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
PSC 6439International Political Economy
Recommended Skills Courses (GWSB)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Analyzing International Economic Data)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Financial Statement Analysis)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Micro-Enterprise Lending)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Nuts and Bolts of U.S. Trade Policy)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Intro to Gaming and Simulations)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Negotiating Skills)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Understanding the U.S. Federal Budget)
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6234Financial Management
7. International Law and Organizations
Core courses
Four from the following:
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Diplomacy, Technology, and Global Spaces)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Emerging Powers and International Order)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and the Use of Force)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (National Security and Humanitarian Law)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (US Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Civil Society and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Democracy and Governance Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Global Food Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs)
IAFF 6146Space Law
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Geospatial Law and Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Space Law)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Non-State Actors)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Illicit Finance and Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Climate Change Policy)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (European Union Foreign Relations)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century)
LAW 6520International Law
LAW 6534Law of the European Union
LAW 6870National Security Law
PSC 6439International Political Economy
8. International Security Studies
Core courses
Courses in this concentration are grouped into issues areas to help guide students in choosing appropriate coursework. Students may select courses from more than one concentration, but if they wish to do, so they should select courses in consultation with their Program Director.
Transnational Security Issues
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Forward Engagement)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Gang Violence and Transnational Threats)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Globalization and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Health and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Homeland Security Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Response to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and US Foreign Policy)
LAW 6552Law of War
Intelligence
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Defense Trade in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Drug Trafficking in the Americas)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Global Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Health and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
U.S. National Security Policy and Process
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (U.S. Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Covert Action and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Democracies and Intelligence)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Globalization and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Global Security and US Hegemony)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and US Foreign Policy)
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and the Use of Force)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Reinventing the United Nations)
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Early Warning and Conflict Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies
Political Psychology
Defense Policy Analysis
ECON 6239Economics of Defense
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6160Defense Policy and Program Analysis
IAFF 6167Defense Policy and Program Analysis II
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Defense Trade in the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
Homeland Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber Security)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6169Homeland Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Democracies and Intelligence)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Globalization and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Homeland Security: National Challenges)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Homeland Security Policy)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Intelligence and Homeland Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Law and Transnational Threats)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology, and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Weapons Proliferation and Nonproliferation)
With the approval of the Program Director, students may choose additional courses from other schools within the University, which may include the School for Public Health and Health Services, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Law School, School of Media and Public Affairs, and School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Strategic Concepts and Military History
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6051Re-thinking Cold War History
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Covert Action and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
PSC 6476The Arab-Israeli Conflict
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Major Wars: Theoretical Perspectives)
Science, Technology, and National Security Policy
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6175Nuclear Weapons
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology, and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
Security and Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Culture, Violence, and Conflict Resolution)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Food, Globalization, and Security)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Fragile and Transition States)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (HIV/AIDS and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Post Conflict Reconstruction in Africa)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6173Security and Development
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Civil War, Insurgency, and Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Early Warning and Conflict Prevention)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Post Conflict Reconstruction)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Corruption, Development, and Governance)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Political and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia)
Other courses offered by the International Development Studies (IDS) program may also be applicable here. Please consult with your program director.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Space and National Security)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Weapons)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies
Regional Security
Students may also include courses on regional security issues to fulfill the required number of credits.
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (NATO and European Security)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Security Issues)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Asian Regional Security)
IAFF 6318Special Topics in Asian Studies (Force in Asian Politics)
IAFF 6362Regional Security in Middle East
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Asian Security )
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (China's Military and Security)
9. Nuclear Policy
Core courses
Four from the following:
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Security Policy)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Nuclear Weapons)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (The Science of Nuclear Materials)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Nuclear Strategy)
Students may substitute other courses not listed above with the approval of the Program Director.
10. Technology Policy and International Affairs
Required course:
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
Supporting courses
Three from the following:
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber and Information Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Issues in Space Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science, Technology, and Policy Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Technology Assessment)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology and National Security)
11. U.S. Foreign Policy
Four courses, at least one of which must be from the core courses list:
Core courses
At least one course from the following:
HIST 6330Modern U.S. Foreign Policy
IAFF 6521U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program
PSC 6346The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
PSC 6347U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions
PSC 6348Politics of U.S. National Security Policy
Supporting courses
Up to three courses from the following:
ECON 6292Topics in International Trade (Economics of U.S. Trade Policy)
HIST 6032Reading and Research Seminar: Strategy and Policy
HIST 6321Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Afghanistan and Iraq: Does Intervention Work?)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Contemporary Issues in US Diplomacy)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Leadership Challenges and Ethical Dilemmas in National Security)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (U.S Foreign Policy and International Organizations)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (U.S. Public Diplomacy)
IAFF 6145U.S. Space Policy
IAFF 6148Space and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cyber and Information Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Science, Technology, and Energy Policy)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6165Fundamentals of Intelligence
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Covert Action and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Countering Violent Extremism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Forward Engagement)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Globalization and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Military Technology Assessment)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (National Security Resources)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Science, Technology and National Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Strategic Planning for the 21st Century)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (21st Century Trade: Issues and Strategy)
IAFF 6208Special Topics in Global Communication (Communications in Modern Diplomacy)
or SMPA 6270 Special Topics in Media and Public Affairs
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Mediterranean Region and U.S. Security )
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (Transatlantic Relations)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies
SMPA 6270Special Topics in Media and Public Affairs (Communications in Modern Diplomacy)
SMPA 6270Special Topics in Media and Public Affairs (Public Diplomacy)
SMPA 6275Public Diplomacy
PSC 6439International Political Economy
Regional fields
1. Africa
Four courses, at least two of which must be from the core courses list:
Core courses
At least two from the following:
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Rising China in Africa)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Development in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Security Challenges in Africa)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (War and Conflict in Africa)
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
Supporting courses
Up to two from the following:
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Development in Conflict Zones)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Politics of Peace Agreements)
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
PSC 8334Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
PSC 8489Selected Topics in International Politics (Civil War)
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
Students are encouraged to explore Africa courses offered by the institutions of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, including Howard, Georgetown, American Universities) in consultation with the faculty advisor.
2. Asia
Four courses from at least three of the following groupings:
Group A: History of Modern Asia
HIST 6601Topics: Asian History (Geography and Politics of Afghanistan and South and Central Asia)
HIST 6602Asia: History, Memory, and Violence
HIST 6611Readings Seminar: Twentieth-Century China
HIST 6630Special Topics in Korean History
HIST 6641Modern Southeast Asia
Group B: Politics and Policy in Asia
ENGL 6560Postcolonialism
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (The Chinese Military)
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
LAW 6543Chinese Law and Legal Institutions
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 6368Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy
PSC 6370Politics of China I
PSC 6374Korean Politics
Group C: International Relations of Asia
HIST 6301Topics: U.S. History (U.S.-Asia Relations)
IAFF 6302Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy
IAFF 6308International Relations of South Asia
PSC 6372Foreign Policy of China
PSC 6475International Politics of East Asia
PSC 6489Topics in International Relations
Group D: Asian Business and Development
ECON 6269Economy of China I
ECON 6271Economy of Japan
PSC 6336Political Economy of Developing Areas
PSC 6373Political Economy of Industrializing Asia
3. Europe, Eurasia, and Russia
Students should choose at least one course from Group A: Western, Central, and Eastern Europe and one course from Group B: Russia and Eurasia. The other two courses may be taken from either group.
Group A: Western, Central, and Eastern Europe
HIST 6042Seminar: World War II
HIST 6050Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization
HIST 6051Re-thinking Cold War History
HIST 6121Reading and Research Seminar: Modern European History
HIST 6170Eastern European History I
HIST 6171Eastern European History II
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (The European Union)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (other sections with themes on Western, Central, and Eastern Europe)
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe
PSC 6465The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 8388Selected Topics in Comparative Politics
Group B: Russia and Eurasia
HIST 6188The Soviet Union and the World, 1917 to 1991
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Post-Soviet Democracy Development)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (NATO and European Security)
IAFF 6338Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies (other sections with themes on Russia and Eurasia)
4. Latin America
Four courses, at least two of which must be from the core courses list:
Core courses
Two from the following:
ANTH—Any 6000-level Anthropology course approved by Program Director
ECON 6285Economic Development of Latin America
IAFF 6343Indigenous Social Movements
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
IAFF 6341Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Cornerstone
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 6484International Relations of Latin America
Supporting courses
Two from the following:
IAFF 3187Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
or IAFF 2190W Special Topics
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
Students in the MIS program may register for IAFF 6341 with permission of the course instructor.
5. Middle East
Four courses, at least one of which must be from the core courses list:
Core courses
At least one from the following:
PSC 6377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 6478International Relations of the Middle East
Supporting courses
Up to three from the following:
ANTH 6707Issues in Middle East Anthropology
IAFF 6364Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Iraq and Iran)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Lebanon and Syria)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Politics of North Africa)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Politics and Religion in Post-Revolutionary Iran)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Policy in the Gulf)
A full listing of Middle East courses is posted in advance of each semester on the Institute for Middle East Studies website.

*Foreign language proficiency requirement

Students in the master of international studies program are required to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English. Students may fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Having earned a minimum grade of B in a sixth-semester university-level advanced language course completed no more than three years prior to matriculation in the Elliott School's master's degree program.
  • Having earned a minimum grade of B in a sixth-semester university-level advanced language course at GW, or in an approved course taken at another institution of higher learning, including Elliott School exchange partner institutions, while enrolled in the Elliott School master's program. 
  • Passing the Elliott School-administered foreign language proficiency reading and speaking examination at the currently-required level of proficiency. The Elliott School administers foreign language proficiency examinations once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. Students should plan to take the language proficiency examination as soon as possible following their matriculation in the program. Students have three opportunities to pass the examination. Failure to pass the examination for a third time results in dismissal from the program.
  • Achieving the required proficiency level in a reading and speaking examination administered by an Elliott School-approved foreign language assessment institution, at the student's expense, while enrolled in the Elliott School's Master's Degree Program.
  • Demonstrating the required foreign language proficiency level in a foreign language professional skills course offered through the Elliott School. The instructor tests the student during the course to determine if the required proficiency level has been achieved. 

As of fall 2018, the above policy applies to new and current students in the Elliott School’s non-regional studies master’s programs with a foreign language requirement. Consult the Program Director for more information.

**Specific subject matter covered in special/selected topics courses varies by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester's offerings. Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the Program Director.

Additional information regarding skills courses is available on the Elliott School website. 

Students may, with permission of their advisor, include courses offered by the Law School in their major field. Enrolling in a LAW course also requires permission of the Law School dean of students. Students should consult the Elliott School's Office of Academic Advising and Student Service before enrolling in LAW courses.