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Program Structure

What is the structure of the program?

The M.A. in International Business and Policy (MA-IBP) program is a 12-month hybrid graduate program consisting of six, weeklong residencies (four at Georgetown, and two abroad), and two, four-week online courses. The program also includes a social action project that will be designed and implemented by each participant under faculty supervision.

The modular format allows students to maintain their current employment and a manageable work-life balance.

Are any courses completed online?

Yes. Throughout the program, students will complete two, four-week online courses between the in-person modules.

What is the expected size of the cohort?

We expect to enroll approximately 30 students from a variety of backgrounds, industries, and job functions.

Do you offer graduate assistantship opportunities?

No, we do offer graduate assistantship opportunities through the MA-IBP program.


In general, what do the courses focus on?

The courses offered specifically aim to educate participants about the mechanisms and frameworks relevant to international relations, and to engage participants with contemporary issues in global business. As such, the program is ideally suited for professionals who intend to work in and alongside international organizations and multinational corporations.

What are the program’s learning goals for students?

The MA-IBP curriculum is designed around a series of learning goals that include:

  • Leadership
  • Functional Knowledge and Stakeholder Value
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Ignation Values
  • Global and Diversity Mindset

How do you incorporate Ignatian Values into the program?

At Georgetown we pride ourselves on our Catholic and Jesuit heritage, and this program will mark the first time where students are required to design and implement a Social Action Project that addresses an issue of social concern.

Can I have a concentration or major?

Students may not identify a concentration or a major but have opportunities to tailor their study based on industry and interest through the program’s projects, case studies, etc.

Do I need to provide my own course materials?

No. Participants will receive all reading material and syllabi 30 days in advance of each module, which includes the assignments with due dates indicating when participant presentations or any written work and deliverables are to be submitted.

How many hours per week should I expect to work on course preparation outside the classroom?

Depending on your work experience and familiarity with the subject matter, the amount of preparation time will vary. Students report spending an average of 12 to 15 hours per week on coursework outside of the classroom.

How are the courses taught?

Individual faculty members deliver course content using different approaches, including case studies, lectures, experiential learning, simulations, and group projects. Teamwork is emphasized throughout the program. It creates a rich learning environment in which students are exposed to various industry perspectives and learn from their classmates’ experiences.

How many credits are awarded per course?

The program is a total of 30 credits. On average, courses are awarded 1.5 credits.