Georgetown University MA in International Business and Policy


The Georgetown University MA in International Business and Policy is an incredibly unique and interesting specialized masters program that I found a while back. This is an amazing opportunity to study at two of the best schools in the country (Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business), while combining a business degree with a global perspective. Check out the overview below.


The university page describes this program better than I ever could:

“Offered by Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business, this one-year interdisciplinary program blends the strengths of the oldest and most highly regarded school of foreign service in the world with a top-tier business school that has proven experience in educating global, principled leaders who serve business and society.

The curriculum provides an understanding of the frameworks and mechanisms that drive business and international relations and explores those concepts in contemporary global issues. The program is delivered in six one-week modules (four on-campus and two international) and two four-week online courses over a 12-month period.”

What I really love about this program is the interdisciplinary study, the flexible learning aspect of the online and weeklong classes and the international component. You really do get a great education as well as class experience. The program is really for working professionals and I would consider this an MBA substitute type program.

Class Profile

As mentioned above, this is a program for more established professionals. The class profile really illustrates this.

  • Average Work Experience – 10 years
  • Female / Male – 42% / 58%
  • Class Size – 48 Students
  • 25 % of the class had international citizenship

The class is comprised of students from 12 countries, with 21 different languages being spoken. Very diverse, older, professionally established individuals.


Since this program is for individuals with at least 5 years of experience, the focus will be less on grades and test scores and more of leadership ability and what you bring to the class. Below are the required parts of the admissions package:

The Admission Committee will only review completed applications that include the following components:

  • Online Application Form
  • CV or Resume
  • Essay
  • Video Essay
  • Scholarship Essay (Optional)
  • Employer Letter of Support
  • Two Recommendations
  • Academic Records

The MA in International Business & Policy tuition fee for the January 2021 intake is $79,650. There are scholarships available and you need to write a scholarship essay to be eligible. Keep in mind that many of you who will be interested in this program will have employer tuition reimbursement which can make this program even more affordable.

Anyone interested should know that there is plenty of time still left to apply. Round 3 and 4 are ideal for international applicants, but for everyone else, you have until November to get everything submitted.

Round 3* June 14, 2021 July 12, 2021
Round 4* August 16, 2021 September 13, 2021
Round 5 October 4, 2021 November 8, 2021
Round 6 November 15, 2021 December 6, 2021


If you have specific questions or are looking to attend an event, you can find the update listing of times and topics here.

Hope this overview interests some of you. Personally, I absolutely love the program and think this is a great opportunity to get an education from two of Georgetown’s best schools and really provides a lot of value in this increasingly globalized world. I am working on a student review as well. Stay tuned for more!


Here is a link to the Georgetown University MA in International Business and Policy Program


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