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Leading in the International Arena

Georgetown’s new masters program blends business and international relations

Wednesday 20 September 2017


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International relations and international trade are inextricably interconnected. Business leaders need to take account of global issues and international politics and policy makers need to understand business and executives from NGOs need to be up-to-speed on both.

Nowhere in the world is the intersection between business and politics so keenly represented as in Washington DC. So, it is very appropriate that Washington’s Georgetown University is the venue for a unique executive learning initiative aimed at equipping future leaders from business, government, and non-government organizations to operate successfully in the international arena.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service are collaborating to offer a Master of Arts in International Business and Policy (MA-IBP). This 12-month graduate program explores the frameworks relevant to international relations in tandem with contemporary issues in global business. The 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. Each student also completes a social action project that offers the opportunity to research a real-world issue, and under the guidance of a faculty mentor and/or partner organization, creates an action plan to address it. The program is delivered in six one-week modules and two four-week online courses over a 12-month period.

The program is designed for working professionals with a minimum of five years of work experience who wish to advance in their careers by gaining a deeper understanding of business and international relations. Typically, candidates work in business, government, financial organizations, multinational corporations, or non-governmental organizations.

You are invited you to join the Georgetown team for a virtual introductory master class session: 

  • Wednesday, November 8 on An Introduction to the Economics and Politics of Development with Professor Raj Desai, faculty member and expert on problems of economic reform, foreign aid, and international development

To register, visit

Since its founding in 1957, the McDonough School of Business has garnered global recognition for excellence in international business.

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