The top 10 programs for those looking to run the world.
These rankings are part of the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) survey, conducted by Paul C. Avey, Michael C. Desch, James D. Long, Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney. All additional information provided was added byForeign Policyand is not part of the survey results.
1. Georgetown University
Program size: 500-600 Program cost: $41,056/year Star professors: Madeleine Albright, Daniel Byman, Victor Cha, Charles Hagel, Paul Pillar
Georgetown offers a variety of master’s programs within the IR field, including an M.S. in foreign serviceand a program in security studies. The extremely selective School of Foreign Service offers a two-year program in which course work is supplemented by mentorship from IR professionals; notables in the past have included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former USAID Director Andrew Natsios (a Georgetown alum).
Program size: 600 Program cost: $36,962/ year Star professors: Zbigniew Brzezinski, David Lampton, Michael Mandelbaum
Johns Hopkins offers an M.A. from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, an interdisciplinary program that allows students to concentrate on a particular area of the field, such as international development, or a particular geographic region, such as African Studies. The two-year program also emphasizes language skills, offering courses in 16 languages.
Program Size: 568 Program Cost: $43,212/year Star Professors: Joseph S. Nye, Richard Clarke, Stephen M. Walt
The highly selective master of public policyprogram at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government includes an option for a concentration in international and global affairs, geared specifically toward students seeking to join the ranks of international policy wonks. The all-star faculty list includes multiple former presidential advisors.