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We offer unique, flexible, interdisciplinary training in a variety of fields. Many graduates pursue degrees that lead to jobs in foreign policy, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the private sector. Given Korbel’s multidisciplinary approach, we provide the education for those occupations that require adaptable skills and a desire for life-long learning.

With opportunities to form close student/faculty relationships, spearhead research projects and collaborate with a diverse, international student population, you can learn to address current global challenges from an analytical and critical perspective. In consultation with a faculty advisor, you can also customize your coursework to achieve your own academic and career objectives—so that when you graduate, you're prepared to make a difference.

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Undergraduate Major
Your major is your chosen academic discipline, typically requiring four years of study. In addition to taking classes related to your field, you’ll take in liberal arts courses designed to diversify your learning and ensure you come out of college a well-rounded individual prepared for various professional pursuits. Some students choose their major immediately upon beginning school, while others decide after spending time determining the direction they wish to follow.
Master's
A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study, typically requiring one to two years of full-time study. To pursue a master’s, you’ll need an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree. Many degrees are specialized to prepare you to enter the job market as a highly qualified applicant or work as an educator in your field.
Doctoral
A doctoral degree is the highest achievable graduate degree, preparing students to work in the upper echelons of their field as either practitioners or educators. Many doctoral candidates complete a dissertation, thesis or project based off original research, defending their work in front of a committee of experts. Others take rigorous coursework that prepares them for professional practice and licensure.
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A graduate certificate is approximately equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but with a more limited scope. Most can be achieved in a year or less, and many confer professional benefits such as licensure. Learn more about federal-aid designated certificates.
Dual-Degrees
A dual degree is a program of study in which students simultaneously pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees, reducing the time required to achieve both. Typically, students complete their undergraduate studies after three years, as opposed to four, and take two more years to complete their graduate degree.
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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Conflict Resolution

MA

About this Program

This program is not currently accepting applications for graduate programs.

The MA in conflict resolution is an interdisciplinary program that combines in- and out-of-class approaches toward understanding how to move conflict from escalation to solution. Students will have access to a variety of classes on theory and the opportunity to apply what they've learned in simulated, but practical, conflict environments. Many classes highlight how to improve social patterns and policy choices between individuals, within organizations and across cultures.

The skills you gain in this program can make you particularly desirable in a variety of fields, because the ability to defuse conflicts is a valuable skill for any employer with a large workforce. Graduates of the Josef Korbel School's MA in conflict resolution program have pursued careers within a variety of fields. You'll find our alumni working at the Peace Institute, Mercy Corps, the Better Business Bureau, Kosovo's Ministry of Affairs and the Department of Transportation, among others.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Global Business & Corporate Social Responsibility

Certificate

About this Program

Businesses today face increasing pressure to behave ethically, leading to a greater demand for individuals with expertise around integrating sustainability and equity into business strategy. Our unique joint graduate certificate in global business and corporate social responsibility offers a foundation of knowledge in concepts of inclusivity and business ethics so that graduates are prepared for careers in responsible business.

The curriculum provides a clear understanding of the complexity of the global business environment and best practices to advance social responsibility efforts. Those who complete the certificate often find strategy positions in government, private and non-profit sectors. 

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Global Environmental Change and Adaptation

Certificate

About this Program

Are you passionate about addressing the immediate challenges posed by climate change, population growth, and increased demands on food, water and energy? Given the complexity and magnitude of these tasks, we're exploring innovative and sustainable solutions. At the crux of this work is promoting just and equitable paths for future generations.

Develop a sophisticated understanding of current challenges and their policy-practical solutions through our global environmental change and adaptation certificate program. This certificate combines a core curriculum with wide latitude to explore issues of sustainability and environmental management from a variety of perspectives. The program prepares students for roles in government, nonprofit and private sectors.

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Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration

MA

About this Program

This program prepares our students to make sense of today's most pressing and complex economic issues—economic inequality, sustainability and the global economy. The degree is interdisciplinary, placing equal emphasis on theory, policy and qualitative as well as quantitative skills.

You'll collaborate with faculty to explore topics like...

  • Changes underway in the global economy 
  • Drivers and consequences of economic development 
  • The effect of globalization on state capacity, policy autonomy and national economic conditions 
  • The relationship between economic, political and social outcomes, corporate governance, and competition 
  • The interaction of interest groups, states and multilateral agreements and organizations

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. 

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Global Health Affairs

Certificate

About this Program

The certificate consists of two Global Health Core courses and two Methods and Practice core courses, complemented by three elective courses and an internship/field requirement. The seven-course CGHA sequence prepares students for systematic, evidence-based approaches to a broad range of global health problems relating to development, diplomacy, security, trade and human rights.

In addition to coursework, you're required to complete 150 hours at an internship. If you have questions about these requirements or internship opportunities, we encourage you to speak with an advisor. 

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Homeland Security

Certificate

About this Program

Receive specialized homeland security training that equips you to develop, articulate and implement innovative approaches to preventing and coping with terrorism and mass casualty events. This novel certificate is one of the first and most comprehensive efforts to address this critical need. 

Qualified graduates will be prepared to serve as administrators, executives, analysts and consultants in government and the private sector. Recent graduates have found employment with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, General Accountability Office, and the National Security Administration.

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Humanitarian Assistance

Certificate

About this Program

Our certificate in humanitarian assistance provides the theoretical and practical underpinnings for humanitarian work that is technically sound, engages affected communities, responds to diverse needs, and sets the stage for sustainable and inclusive development efforts. Through this certificate, you'll be able to bolster your professional skills in humanitarian program management, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy and policy. 

Only a limited number are admitted to the program each year. Students are selected based on focus and motivation. Once admitted, you'll receive specialized attention from faculty members, practical skills training, and exclusive networking and internship opportunities. Graduates pursue careers abroad and in the US working with international organizations, government, and non-governmental organizations.

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International Administration

MA

About this Program

This program is not currently accepting applications for graduate programs.

Our MA in International Administration provides students with a foundation in the leadership and management skills necessary for a career in international NGOs or public sector organizations. Students examine public finance, the policy-making process and international affairs and are provided with the opportunity to focus their studies on one policy area such as development, global health or human rights.

Students can apply the broad base of knowledge and skills learned through the MA in International Administration in nearly any field or organization. Graduates of this program pursue careers within the policy and academic fields. Our Alumni are currently employed by:

  • The U.S. Department of State
  • Accion
  • American Red Cross
  • ECDC and African Community Center

 

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

International Development

MA

About this Program

Our cross-disciplinary master's program in international development is designed to prepare you for a career in improving economic, social and political conditions on a global level. The 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.

We equip you with key practical skills in communication, financial analysis, project management, field research, cultural awareness, technological competency and networking. The overwhelming majority of our graduates find work in government, multilateral and bilateral development agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Alumni consistently report achieving high-level decision-making positions within five years.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

International Human Rights

MA

About this Program

Explore issues of human dignity while critically examining the historical processes, social movements, strategies and institutions designed to promote and protect human rights in our globalized world. By linking human rights to law, security, gender studies, migration issues, economic development, health, safety, human trafficking, humanitarian assistance, geographic areas and more, you'll gain a holistic view of human rights—at levels ranging from the interpersonal to the international.

Gain hands-on field knowledge through educational trips and internships. You'll participate in a wide range of human rights research and advocacy projects via access to research centers, guest lectures, conferences and film series. Graduates have obtained positions in international nonprofits, international human rights advocacy organizations, international aid agencies, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, the business sector, human rights legal professions, and academia.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

International Security

MA

About this Program

As technology, social issues and climate change accelerate, so do threats to our social systems and way of life. Our international security program has evolved to prepare students to enter this environment. Living in a globalized world requires innovative approaches to solve issues related to economics, environmental wellness 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.

Our program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to examining the causes and consequences of various threats, as well as the means of preventing and mitigating them. We provide an educational framework that addresses linkages between international, societal and individual threats. Our program emphasizes not only critical academic knowledge but the communications skills and forthright to develop and articulate real-world solutions. Graduates have gone on to work for the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and a range of think tanks and defense institutions. 

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

International Studies

BA + MA

About this Program

If you are a qualified international studies major, you can begin taking graduate-level courses under the supervision of an advisor during your senior year. All remaining graduate-level courses that are required for the master’s will be completed the following year.

This joint degree is a great opportunity to accelerate your career, giving you the chance to enter the workforce with the competitive edge of a graduate degree while only adding one year to the typical undergraduate experience.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

International Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

Engage the great global challenges of our time: security and human rights, poverty and economic inequality, climate change and environmental sustainability, gender equality and the state of democracy. Courses in politics and economics, language and culture, and environment and public health make for a truly interdisciplinary international studies program that can turn your aspirations into action.

We prepare you for careers in the international arena not only by developing your practical tech and communications skills, offering a rich array of study abroad options, and providing real-world learning experiences. Our alumni are business C-level executives, international diplomats, NGO leaders, politicians, lawyers and other public service professionals. Notable alumni of the Korbel school include Condoleeza Rice, Massouma Al-Mubarak, Heraldo Muñoz and General George W. Casey.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

International Studies

MA

About this Program

Our MA program combines an in-depth study of traditional international studies with issue-oriented specialization and opportunities for internships or advanced research. A flexible and mostly self-directed degree, our MA has specialties in quantitative methods, environmental protection, policy-making, global health or specific geographic areas.

This degree is favored by students pursuing careers in the government, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as those considering a PhD. Graduates from the program currently work for the Department of State, Department of Energy, United States Agency for International Development, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, Red Cross and Human Rights Watch.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

International Studies

PhD

About this Program

The Korbel doctoral program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum to prepare for research and educator training on global interactions. Students explore issues of sustainable development, peace and security, global economic trends, and international human rights, and work toward solutions to some of the world's most pressing questions. While we offer extensive training in conventional fields of politics, economics and society, much of your work in this PhD program is conducted outside of the classroom, with faculty mentorship.

Close mentorship from faculty ensures your time at Korbel is enriching and career-specific, regardless of whether your career development is aimed at teaching at the collegiate level or in research, government or nonprofit organizations. In recent years, our doctoral graduates have gone on to teach and research at leading universities in the U.S. and abroad and pursue non-academic careers at the Ford Foundation, Carter Center, American Red Cross, RAND, and the U.S. government.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Public Diplomacy

Certificate

About this Program

Our graduate certificate in public diplomacy will provide you with a sophisticated understanding of how global media and strategic communication are employed to advance political and foreign policy goals. Through the examination of history, theory, and practice, you'll learn how public diplomacy can support the strategic interests of individuals, organizations, and governments, while building bridges and creating dialogue with international stakeholders.

Our cross-disciplinary approach to contemporary international challenges will  empower you to better understand the implications of modern communication approaches and to apply them professionally in impactful ways. Graduates with this certificate pursue careers in public affairs and information, cultural diplomacy, nation branding, foreign aid, global health and development, international strategic communication, and international education.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Public Policy

BA, Minor

About this Program

Taken in the new Scrivner Public Policy Institute in Korbel, public policy courses help students develop an understanding of policies concerning the world's most significant challenges, 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 in that area. Students can choose from programs such as history, international studies, sociology, economics and journalism

Gain insight into the procedures and decision-making processes of local, state and federal governments and how to positively affect those processes. Graduates have gone on to enroll in some of the best graduate and law schools in the U.S., apply their studies to the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and work as legislative aides for the U.S. Congress or as staff assistants for various branches of government.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Public Policy

BA + MPP, Minor

About this Program

Our public policy dual-degree program allows you to develop skills such as problem identification, analysis of solutions, writing, advocacy and persuasion, and prepare to practice public policy in real-world settings. As a student in our dual-degree program, you will gain insight into the procedures and decision-making processes of local, state and federal governments, and discover how to positively impact those processes. In addition to coursework and intensive seminars, you will complete a capstone project analyzing and developing solutions for a specific, real-world policy issue.

Faculty members provide extensive experience in public policy fields. We also draw nationally recognized experts and policy makers from Colorado and beyond to teach our students.

Our alumni hold positions in government, nonprofit organizations and private businesses, benefiting from the network of one of the nation's leading schools for international relations.

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Public Policy

MPP

About this Program

The master's in public policy (MPP) program teaches students to practice public policy in the real world through developing skills such as problem identification, analysis of solutions, writing, advocacy and persuasion. Our faculty members, who have practical policy experience, include a former three-term governor of Colorado, a former federal fraud prosecutor and senior manager for a federal regulatory agency and the chief budget officer for Colorado. Students will learn alongside renowned policy experts and policy makers both in traditional classroom settings and in intensive seminars. Featured speakers will come from top think tanks and policy-making bodies from Denver and beyond.

Students from all undergraduate programs and backgrounds are welcome, as there are no prerequisites for MPP courses. In the final year of their studies, students apply their skills to the real world by completing a capstone project analyzing a specific policy and potential solutions. Alumni hold positions locally, nationally and internationally, working for government, nonprofit organizations and private businesses, leveraging the network of one of the nation's leading schools for international studies. If you're ready to reward and challenge yourself, we invite you to join our exceptional body of students.

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Religion and International Affairs

Certificate

About this Program

This certificate provides students pursuing MA degrees in the Department of Religious Studies (CAHSS) or the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with the opportunity to enhance their home program of study with specific expertise in the scholarly and professional field of religion and international affairs. The program emphasizes scholarly and practitioner approaches to understanding the intersections between religion and international affairs in the modern world, providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary case studies as well as theoretical issues.

Only students pursuing a master's degree in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies or the Department of Religious Studies may pursue this certificate.