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- Average GRE: Verbal 70 percentile, Quantitative 50 percentile, Analytical 70 percentile
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- Public, Nonprofit, and Private
- Degrees Offered:
- Master of Arts in: Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration; International Administration; International Development; International Human Rights; International Security; International Studies; Conflict Resolution; Master of Public Policy; PhD in International Studies
The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver is one of the world's leading schools for the study of international relations. Located in Denver, Colorado, the School takes an interdisciplinary approach to everything from curriculum to faculty research to create actionable solutions to today’s most pressing issues.
Our graduate degree programs and co-curricular activities challenge students to reach beyond conventional thought to become creative problem solvers. We currently offer the following master’s degrees:
- Conflict Resolution
- Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration
- International Administration
- International Development
- International Human Rights International Security
- International Studies
- Public Policy
Students within these programs benefit from small classes taught by internationally respected faculty who invest in their students, courses and research. Furthermore, many students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty on groundbreaking research projects.
Through serious academic inquiry, internships and other experiential learning opportunities, our students gain the valuable knowledge and skills needed to thrive in today’s complex international community. As a result, upon graduation, our well-rounded alumni enter rewarding careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Indeed, since its founding in 1964, the School has produced global leaders who shape the world--leaving their footprints around the globe in the realms of commerce, education, government, diplomacy, law, conflict resolution, military affairs, economic development, global health and humanitarian relief.
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How are you preparing students to navigate changes in the geopolitical landscape?
We all know these are tumultuous times; yet, there are dangers in becoming prisoners of the moment. Our job is not just to prepare our students for the jobs they will be seeking in the next few years but to provide them also with enduring paradigms that can guide their thinking for the next fifty. For that reason, we benefit from faculty tackling next-generation security concerns like autonomous weapons to those wrangling with the same ethical dilemmas faced by the ancient Greeks.
What research projects are you most excited about at the moment?
As the incoming director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, I’m lucky to have a bird’s-eye view of some really cutting-edge research. For the past two years, our faculty have been working on a Carnegie Corporation grant that’s been generating new insights into how inclusive approaches to peacebuilding and governance can reduce violence in a range of conflict-affected contexts. We’re really proud that this project has involved so many PhD and master’s degree student researchers—they’ve contributed valuable insights and developed skills that will set them apart from the competition.
I’m also incredibly proud of our Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI), which is highlighting the role that women and other underrepresented groups play in leading nonviolent movements for social change around the world. IGLI also brings the next generation of leaders in this space to Denver for training and community building.
What is unique about the programs offered at the Korbel School?
Korbel offers a variety of degree programs that can be combined with certificate programs to really tailor the knowledge and skill base to students’ interests. For example, our Global Financial Trade and Economic Integration (GFTEI) program is truly one-of-a-kind, giving students a solid foundation in international economics and political economy while providing them with an ethical framework in which to understand the tradeoffs that come with deepening economic integration. As our challenges change, we’re adapting our curriculum and course offerings to keep pace. This year, we’re introducing a certificate in Global Environmental Change and Adaptation (GECA), which will help prepare students for careers promoting sustainable solutions to our natural resource challenges in government, international organizations, and the private sector.
Why study in Denver for a career in foreign affairs?
There’s really something to the perspective you glean from studying at the foot of the Rockies. Former students always tell me one of the things they loved about Korbel was that it was the last time they felt like they could really dig into a question or topic without the daily distractions that come from the hustle and bustle of the Beltway. Denver is a wonderful environment in which to engage in deep study: Students love the lifestyle and all the natural beauty our environment provides. As Denver blossoms into a truly international city, it offers an increasingly robust job market for our graduates as well.
What is unique about the research done at the Josef Korbel School’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures?
The Pardee Center is home to the International Futures tool, which we refer to by its acronym IFs, originally developed by Josef Korbel School Professor and Pardee Center Director Barry B. Hughes. This tool is unique because it facilitates integrated policy planning by quantifying relationships across a large number of development systems. For example, clients can use IFs to ask questions about how changes within and across certain systems including agriculture, economy, education, energy, environment, governance, health, infrastructure, international politics, and technology might impact any of 186 countries over long time horizons. We’re interested in taking research done by others and structuring it within one large-scale quantitative tool that can help us understand unfolding trends and dynamics as well as forecast scenarios to frame uncertainty. As a result, we do a lot of work on long-term strategic planning with governments and international organizations. All models are imperfect, but some are useful. We endeavor to be useful.
Please talk a little about the Pardee Center’s recent $1.05 million Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative grant.
We are exploring new ways of measuring and modeling state fragility or instability by looking at imbalances across developmental systems. For example, Arab Spring countries experienced abrupt sociopolitical transitions because of significant imbalances between the level of human development and level of regime type inclusion. The first year of the grant was spent gathering data and replicating and extending what others have quantitatively modeled using new measures of imbalance. Now the faculty at Korbel will spend the second year doing more original quantitative analysis to explore the relationship between structural imbalance and the onset of instability. In the third year, we will include findings from this quantitative research in the IFs system and draw policy-related conclusions.
The Pardee Center works with a number of student research assistants. How do these students benefit from this experience?
I think we have a solid track record of helping research assistants achieve success after graduation. Indeed, the Korbel School’s degree programs, combined with the research assistant experience at Pardee or any of the other centers at the Korbel School, provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their careers. Through this experience, students gain valuable experience by gathering and importing data, participating in the creation of policy oriented publications, and working with our professional clients. We hire incoming graduate students every year and are interested in smart, ambitious, and analytically driven people who want to help improve the human condition. Students who are interested in working at the center should feel free to reach out to me directly.