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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Washington DC, home to the Josef Korbel School of International Studies Global Security and Development program

Masters Programs

Korbel in DC

In conjunction with Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), the Josef Korbel School participates in the Global Security and Development program in Washington D.C. This program seeks to enhance students' understanding of the issues, institutions and procedures involved in security and development and to build professional skills needed for career opportunities through a combination of coursework and supervised internships.

Participating students work 20 to 30 hours per week at their internship location, and attend one or two classes per week. Close interaction with policy officials and experts in trade and investment, economic development, conflict resolution, transitional justice and democratization expose students to the rules, procedures, policies and institutional approaches associated with processes of development and globalization. The program enhances professional skills and provides numerous networking opportunities unique to being located in the nation's capital.

The D.C. program is only available to current, continuing (second year) Josef Korbel School students and is a competitive internal program with a maximum enrollment of 10 students per year.


The Korbel in D.C. Program is open to master's degree-seeking students at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students from all degree programs within the Josef Korbel School are welcome to apply. No more than 20 students will participate in the D.C. Program each academic year.

Students that are nearing graduation but wish to participate in the D.C. program are encouraged to contact Student Affairs at the Josef Korbel School to discuss options for participation.

Application Process

To apply, please complete the online application and attach your resume. Applications are due by March 15, 2019. No more than 20 students will be accepted to the program. Students wishing to participate in the D.C. program are also encouraged to review the program information on the Korbel website, and any questions may be directed to Debbie Gaylinn at [email protected]. Those accepted to the program will be required to pay a non-refundable processing fee of $200.


In total, students may earn 15 credit hours toward their degree while participating in the D.C. program.

  • Student participants will enroll in two master's-level, elective courses offered during the fall semester of the program year. Each course is worth five quarter hours and is held two hours per week over 16 weeks. Each course has an INTS course number.
  • Students may also earn up to five credits through an approved internship placement with a D.C.-based organization.

While in D.C., students enrolled in the program will have access to the services they would while physically at DU via the assistance of D.C.-based administrators from Syracuse University.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees will continue to be paid directly to the University of Denver and students will continue to be bound by the University of Denver honor code. Any questions related to tuition, fees, or financial aid may be directed to Jennifer Quinn, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Aid at the University of Denver.

Students participating in the D.C. program will continue to receive their DU financial aid package (loans, scholarships, grants, etc.). Please note that work study and research assistant funding will not transfer to the D.C. program. Students may work with the Office of Financial Aid to request a onetime increase to their loans to cover the cost of living in D.C.


Each student is responsible for their own transportation to D.C. prior to beginning the program. Each student is also responsible for their own transportation costs while in D.C. (NOTE: many organizations that host student interns provide a modest stipend for Metro use).