Accelerated BSFS/Master's Degree

Accelerated degree programs allow exceptional SFS and SFS-Q students (with GPAs of 3.5 and higher) who are accepted to certain Georgetown graduate programs to complete both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in as little as five years as opposed to the usual six years. This is accomplished by sharing up to a year of the coursework between the two degree programs.  Some graduate programs allow two or three classes to count for both the BSFS and graduate degrees, while MSFS allows up to eight courses to count for both.  Review the details for each program below.  

Review details of the accelerated degree programs available to BSFS degree students.  

Students who are accepted to an accelerated degree program and choose to pursue it will spend one semester or both semesters of the fourth and final year of the BSFS Program at Georgetown's Washington, D.C. campus. If eight courses count for both degrees, then students go to D.C. for the full year.  If two to four courses count, students go to D.C. for a semester in the fourth year.  The time spent in D.C. for the accelerated degree program does not count against the one year allowed for study abroad i.e. students can study abroad in the junior year AND go to the Washington, D.C. campus for some or all of the fourth year for the accelerated degree program.  Students are responsible for ensuring that their sponsors and/or financial aid (as relevant) cover the costs associated with going to the D.C. campus to pursue the accelerated degree program.  

During the fourth year of studies, students are listed as both BSFS degree AND graduate degree students. Tuition is charged at the undergraduate rate.  The BSFS degree is conferred at the end of the fourth year of studies.  The fifth year of studies is spent entirely at the Washington, D.C. campus as a graduate student. Graduate tuition rates are charged for the fifth year. 

SFS-Q students must meet with their SFS-Q academic advisor and Dean Christine Schiwietz no later than October of the junior year to express an interest in pursuing one of these degree programs. Students should only move forward with an application if the advisor agrees that this is doable. Students should review the basic requirements, and note that more detailed requirements are listed on each program’s website.

If a student goes forward with an accelerated degree program application, the application at a minimum consists of a graduate school application and a plan for completing both degrees. Additional application requirements for each program are noted below.

BSFS/Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)

  • Minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA required to apply (3.7 recommended to be competitive).  Students should also have volunteer, part-time or full-time international affairs work experience, experience living abroad and advanced language skills in a language other than English.  A resume or CV is also required as part of the application.
  • Complete 5-year supplemental form and submit with graduate school application
  • Interview with MSFS Admissions Director required to apply
  • No GRE required to apply
  • Application deadline is January 15
  • Contact Dean Mini Murphy before applying.
  • Maximum number of courses shared between degrees is determined by MSFS and the BSFS decanal advisor, but usually eight graduate courses count for both degrees. Students usually spend the full fourth year of studies (senior year of the BSFS Program) in D.C. if accepted to this program.  Students then stay in D.C. for the fifth year to complete the graduate program.
  • Only 500+ level courses may count for MSFS.
  • If accepted to the degree program, course advising for the fourth year will be done by both your SFS-Q decanal advisor and the MSFS Director of Academic Affairs.
  • Accepted students must wait until late August when new MSFS students register, to register for their fall semester, senior year courses.
  • The following MSFS core classes are satisfied by BSFS classes.  This frees BSFS students to take additional MSFS elective, certificate or concentration classes in lieu of these specific MSFS core classes. This should be considered when developing a course plan.
    • ECON 542 International Trade (MSFS core) - satisfied by ECON 243 International Trade (BSFS core)
    • MSFS 527 Analytical and Statistical Skills (MSFS core) - satisfied by IPOL 320 Quantitative Methods (IPOL core) or ECON 121 Economic Statistics (IECO core)
    • ECON 541 International Finance (MSFS core) satisfied by ECON 244 International Finance (BSFS core)

BSFS/Security Studies Program (SSP)

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 is required
  • Application deadline is January 15
  • Usually four courses at most count for both BSFS and M.A. in SSP degrees.
  • GRE not required
  • Applicants must meet with a member of the SSP Admissions Staff to be considered for admission.
  • Courses that double-count, or that satisfy any core program requirements, need to be determined in consultation with SSP and the BSFS advising dean. 

 

 BSFS/Arab Studies (MAAS)

  • Application deadline is January 15
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 is required
  • GRE not required
  • Students must demonstrate ability to attain proficiency in Arabic by the end of their fifth year.
  • Usually four courses at most count for both BSFS and MA in Arab Studies. Courses that double- count, or that satisfy any core program requirements, need to be determined in consultation with MAAS and the BSFS advising dean. 
  • Contact Kelli Harris, Academic Program Coordinator, before applying.

 BSFS/Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES)

  • Proficiency in two European languages other than English is required
  • Application deadline is January 15
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 is required
  • GRE not required
  • Usually four courses at most count for both BSFS and MAGES. Courses that double- count, or that satisfy any core program requirements, need to be determined in consultation with MAGES and the BSFS advising dean. 
  • Contact the MAGES Supervisor of Academic Programs, before applying.

 

 BSFS/Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS)

  • Application deadline is January 15
  • GRE is not required
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 is required
  • Usually two to four courses at most count for both BSFS and MALAS. Courses that double-count, or that satisfy any core program requirements, need to be determined in consultation with MALAS and the BSFS advising dean. 
  • Contact the MALAS Associate Director, before applying.

 

 BSFS/Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies Program (REES)

  • Application deadline is January 15
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 is required
  • GRE is not required
  • Usually six courses at most count for both BSFS and REES. Courses that double-count, or that satisfy any core program requirements, need to be determined in consultation with REES and the BSFS advising dean. 
  • Students must be prepared to take relevant language courses or show proficiency in a language of the region.
  • Contact the CERES Associate Director, before applying.

 

BSFS/Master of Arts in Global, International and Comparative History (MAGIC)

  • Applicants must have completed two 300/400 level History colloquia by the time of application.
  • GRE is required
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 is required but minimum GPA of 3.67 is strongly encouraged
  • Two classes at most can count for both degrees, but students can take up to four graduate classes in the fourth year.  HIST 305 can satisfy the HIST 505 core MAGIC class. The second course that counts for both degrees will be determined in consultation with the MAGIC Program Director and the BSFS Advising Dean.
  • Application deadline is January 1.
  • Contact the MAGIC Program Director before applying.