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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Josef Korbel School building

About our School


The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations.

  • Foreign Policy magazine, in collaboration with the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project at the College of William & Mary ranked our master's degrees #14 in the world for Policy Career in International Relations.
  • The Josef Korbel School offers Bachelor of Arts degree programs in International Studies and Public Policy; a Dual BA/MA program; 7 Master of Arts degree programs; a Master of Public Policy degree; and a PhD degree program in International Studies.
  • Last year, the Josef Korbel School has approximately 400 undergraduate majors, 450 MA students and 32 PhD students/candidates.
  • Each fall, we bring in a class of about 65 BA students (the fourth-largest bachelor's program at the University of Denver), 150 MA students and 4 PhD students.
  • The average age of our graduate students is 25 years.
  • Students at the Josef Korbel School hail from over 30 countries.
  • The Josef Korbel School has an approximate 18:1 student/faculty ratio.
  • The average Josef Korbel School class size is 30 students per undergraduate class and 22 students per graduate class.
  • The Josef Korbel School houses 13 academic centers and 18 student organizations.
  • Noteworthy alumni of the Josef Korbel School include:
    Condoleezza Rice: 66th United States Secretary of State
    Mohammad Javad Zarif: Iranian Foreign Minister
    General George W. Casey, Jr.: 36th Chief of Staff of the United States Army
    Heraldo Muñoz: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile
    Cindy Courville: First U.S. Ambassador to the African Union (2006-08)