School of International Service

Master's Degree in US Foreign Policy and National Security

Play a Role in Advancing America's Interests

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At the School of International Service, we believe the world needs leaders ready to serve. In our US Foreign Policy and National Security (USFP) master’s program, you’ll explore the historical underpinnings of US foreign policy, discuss today’s pressing issues with diverse world leaders who regularly visit campus, and emerge prepared for a career in government service or the private sector.

  • Advance US interests at home and abroad through a holistic approach to foreign policy and national security
  • Join a cohort of graduates working in the intelligence community, the White House, executive branches, think tanks, consulting firms, and international organizations
  • Gain real-world experience through practicum opportunities, simulations, and internships

Fortifying U.S. Security

My work plays a role in keeping our country safe.

Luke Heselden, MA ’13, prevents sensitive defense technology from getting into the wrong hands. As a policy analyst at the US Department of State, he uses his defense trade expertise to avert global threats and advance national security abroad.

Make the Most out of Your Master's Degree

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As the center for policy and social change, DC affords you access to government agencies, advocacy groups, and related international organizations.

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Join a 10-top school of international affairs and take advantage of our world-renowned faculty and active global alumni network of more than 20,000.

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Tailor your degree to your interests and goals with our large number of concentrations, including public diplomacy, US defense politics, and national security strategy.