School of International Service

The world matters. So will your degree.

Now, perhaps more than ever, we need service-minded leaders with the skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in our world.

Earn your master's degree from the School of International Service, where service matters, leadership matter, and the world matters.

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Follow your passion for service into a career path with one guiding principle: the world matters. We need the world, and it needs us. That principle may find you pursuing a career in international development, environmental policy, cyber security, or foreign policy -- or working in a career at the intersection of several disciplines. Whatever your specific career path, you will serve, lead, and make a positive difference in the world with a master's degree from the School of International Service.

  • Six months after graduation, 89% of our master's graduates are working, furthering their graduate studies, or both.

  • Top employers of our graduates include the US Department of State, the World Bank Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • Our master's program in #8 among international relations graduate programs, according to the definitive rankings in Foreign Policy magazine.

A Key to Peace

Through Heartbeat, high-school musicians form relationships based on equality.

Shneyer uses music as a tool for social change. His nonprofit, Heartbeat, brings high-school musicians from across the Israeli-Palestinian border together to compose music, learn about each other, and reshape the otherwise divided world around them. Since being founded in 2007, Heartbeat has become a global network that fosters musical creation and facilitates constructive dialogue.

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 development agencies, social enterprises, consulting firms, and incubators.

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at a lectern at the School of International Service.


Join a top-10 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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Practical Experience

Start the program with real-world experience by participating in a 12-week project to help a Washington, DC-based nonprofit or social enterprise solve a pressing problem.