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2020 Applying to Graduate School in International Affairs

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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Change Agents Wanted, to Tackle Greatest Global Challenges

The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver understands that the world’s most vexing problems require solutions that cross different academic disciplines. In addition to traditional international affairs and public policy master’s programs, the school offers dual majors and certificate programs that allow students to delve into complex problems using multiple areas of study.

Examples of certificates that can be added to the Korbel School degree programs include Global Health Affairs and Humanitarian Assistance.

Students work on “making the global economy more equitable and inclusive, responding to new and emerging security threats, advancing human rights and social justice, combating climate change, and promoting healthy democracy,” says Daniel Doerr, director of graduate enrollment at the Korbel School.

“Beyond a demonstrated record of academic, professional, and personal achievement, successful applicants are change agents looking for interdisciplinary solutions to today’s most pressing global issues.” –Daniel Doerr, Director of Graduate Enrollment, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Successful applicants typically have experience working, volunteering, or studying abroad. “Rather than simply reading about an applicant’s passion for public policy or international affairs in a personal statement, we prefer to see a demonstration of commitment to such fields on one’s résumé,” Doerr says.

The personal statement is a key part of the application. It is a chance for candidates to detail how their life experiences have shaped their career goals and helped them build useful skills. Letters of recommendation should focus on an applicant’s ability to handle the coursework and also add personal insight. Professors and industry professionals are effective recommenders who can explain an applicant’s work ethic, intellectual capacity, and commitment to the field.

While some graduates take positions in Washington, DC, or abroad, others stay in Denver because of its quality of life and the many job opportunities there with nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies.

Graduate Programs Address Pressing Issues

During a time of pandemic, recession, and calls for racial justice, the school’s mission is critical, Doerr says. “We remain committed to holistic, student-centered practices, to fostering an equitable and inclusive learning environment, and to preparing students to address the great challenges of our time.”
)))For example, the new MA in Global Environmental Sustainability allows students to harness their passion for sustainability. The redesigned Master of Public Policy program prepares students to reshape national, state, and even local policy and to fight for inclusive democracies.

Graduate Degree Program Options
• MA in Global Environmental Sustainability
• MA in Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration
• MA in International Development
• MA in International Human Rights
• MA in International Security
• MA in International Studies
• Master of Public Policy (MPP)
• Dual degrees, including MA and Master of Social Work (MSW), MPP and MSW, MPP and JD
• PhD in International Studies
MA students also may select from seven certificate programs to tailor their studies.

Deadlines for Fall 2021
Rolling admissions
Financial Aid/Scholarships: Priority January 15, 2021, then rolling admission on a space-available basis

Standardized Exam Scores: The GRE is not required for master’s candidates, but it is for doctoral applicants.

Recommendation Letters: Two letters are required of applicants, although more may be submitted.

Application Checklist: https://korbel.du.edu/admission-aid/graduate-applicants