Degrees & Certificates
We offer flexible and innovative training in a variety of fields, and our graduates pursue jobs in all areas of foreign policy, non-governmental and multilateral organizations, and different arenas of the private sector. With Korbel’s multidisciplinary approach, we provide the education for those occupations that require adaptable skills and a broad base of knowledge.
With opportunities to form close relationships with faculty, spearhead research projects and collaborate with a diverse student population, you'll learn to apply critical perspectives to the global challenges our of day. In consultation with a faculty advisor, you'll also customize your coursework to achieve your own academic and career goals—and when you graduate, you'll be prepared to make a difference.
International Studies Major or Minor
Engage the great global challenges of our time: security, human rights, economic inequality and the state of democracy.
Courses in politics and economics, language and culture, and environmental sustainability and public health make for a truly interdisciplinary international studies program that can turn your aspirations into action.
Public Policy Major or Minor
Develop an understanding of the world's most significant issues and learn how to make a positive impact through public policy.
As part of our public policy program, you will pursue a second major in conjunction with your public policy studies, allowing you to focus on an area of interest while gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for policy. Students can choose from programs such as history, international studies, sociology, economics and journalism.
Global Economic Affairs
Learn to make sense of today's most pressing and complex economic issues.
Our Global Economic Affairs degree is truly unique and places equal emphasis on theory, policy, qualitative and quantitative skill sets. You'll study international issues such as economic inequality, sustainability and the global economy. In the final year of the program, you'll prepare a significant capstone research memorandum which analyzes a policy problem and evaluates potential solutions. For this project you'll apply your skills to a real-world problem of your choosing.
Global Environmental Sustainability
An engaged, interdisciplinary approach to sustainability.
Addressing the global challenges posed by a changing environment, natural resource depletion, and increased demands on our food, water, and energy resources is one of the defining tasks of the 21st century. Our MA in Global Environmental Sustainability helps students understand the causes and consequences of global change, inform strategies for action, and prepare for impactful and meaningful careers.
Prepare for a career improving economic, social and political conditions on a global level.
This program emphasizes the need for broad-based, environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth that generates meaningful employment opportunities. You'll build a holistic understanding of how economic, social, political, environmental and human biological factors influence sustainable development efforts and outcomes.
International Human Rights
Explore issues of human dignity and promote human rights in a globalized world.
Critically examine the historical processes, social movements, strategies and institutions designed to protect human rights. The degree focuses on a multidisciplinary study of human rights, including issues related to security, gender studies, migration and human trafficking. You'll gain a holistic view of human rights at levels ranging from the interpersonal to the international.
International and Intercultural Communications
Navigate the complexities of communication across cultural and geographic borders.
By combining courses from the Korbel School and the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, you'll gain the knowledge and cultural skills you'll need to succeed in the areas of journalism, strategic messaging and international communication.
Study how changes in technology, social issues and climate change can threaten our way of life.
Our international security program has evolved to prepare students to enter an increasingly complex security environment. Living in a globalized world requires innovative approaches to economics, environmental sustainability and social justice in order to improve individual lives and strengthen international security. Topics covered include strategy, foreign policy, intelligence, homeland security, emerging security threats, regional security and conflict resolution.
Combine an in-depth study of traditional international affairs with issue-oriented specialization.
A flexible and mostly self-directed degree, our flagship MA program has specialties in areas such as quantitative methods, environmental protection, policy-making, global health and specific geographic areas, to name a few.
Learn to analyze institutional policies and craft solutions for real-world problems.
This program draws on the deep international policy faculty at Korbel and from across the DU community to offer a truly interdisciplinary and applied degree. You'll learn alongside renowned policy experts and policy makers in both traditional classroom settings and intensive seminars.
Engage with research and educator training on the world's most pressing questions.
In our PhD program, you'll explore a variety of fields, including sustainable development, peace and security, global economic trends, international human rights and politics and society. While we offer extensive training on today's most complex issues, much of your work in this program will be conducted outside of the classroom.
Certificates of Specialization
Global Business & Corporate Social Responsibility
Integrate sustainability and equity into business strategy while gaining a foundation in business ethics and inclusivity.
Global Environmental Change & Adaptation
Explore innovative and sustainable solutions to the immediate challenges posed by global climate change.
Global Health Affairs
Advanced theoretical, practical and leadership training at the intersection of health and international affairs.
Develop and implement innovative approaches to coping with terrorism and mass casualty events.
Bolster skills in humanitarian program management, evaluation, advocacy and policy.
Explore how global media and strategic communication are employed to advance political and foreign policy goals.
Religion & International Affairs
Enhance your understanding of the intersection of religion and international affairs in the modern world.