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Graduate Curriculum


The United States Institute of Leadership, Diplomacy and Religious Studies welcomes scholars in the pursuit of deeper knowledge and broader experiences through master’s, Ph.D. degrees, dual programs and certificates. We are ready to work together and help you become a leader in your field and change-maker in your community.

Each of our graduate and professional programs has its own admissions process and requirements. To see specific requirements, check with the appropriate department or program.

 Usild School of International Affairs (USIA) 

In a continually changing and unpredictable world, we prepare women and men to be creative leaders with a commitment to service and an understanding of the ethical component of global affairs. Our location in DC gives students access to rich resources, influential practitioners and renowned scholars, to help develop you as a leader in government, international and nongovernmental organizations or the private sector.

Master’s Program for International Affairs houses two thematic master’s degrees, five regional master’s degrees and two joint degree programs in partnership with the French School of International and Political Studies.

Usild School of Arts 

USILD offers a wide variety of doctoral, master’s and certificate programs encompassing both traditional and interdisciplinary studies.  Whether you’re interested in pursuing doctoral research in government or exploring master’s programs such as foreign service or public policy, you are sure to find unique opportunities in our graduate community.

Usild Legal Studies Programs

In today's complex regulatory and litigation environment, the demand for business professionals who can anticipate and understand potential issues has never been greater. Earning a Master of Science in Legal Studies from the United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy will prepare you to navigate your organization's most urgent legal and regulatory issues, and to be a confident, informed partner to your legal team. You will graduate ready to make sense of legal language, apply legal concepts to the business realities you face on ground, and spot potential issues before they become costly and difficult legal problems. This was specifically designed for business professionals.

Usild School of Public Policy

At Usild School of Public Policy we offer Master's in Public Policy and teach students on the methods of designing, analyzing and implementing policies. Students are driven into the practice of public policy in public, private and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world. Usild also offers a Master in International Development Policy,  an Executive Master in Policy Leadership.

Usild School of Business

Usild programs are designed to prepare students for the global stage. We develop and train principled leaders with a global mindset to be in service to business and society. Our rigorous curricula, diverse community, and commitment to ethics come together to create a learning experience of excellence. We offer Full-time and Flexible MBAs, an Executive MBA, a Master’s in Management, a Master of Arts in Business Analytics, a Master of Science in Finance, an Executive Master’s in Leadership, and a Master of Arts in International Business and Policy, in partnership with the Usild School of International Affairs.

Usild School of Continuing Studies

The School of Continuing Studies inspires you to reimagine what’s possible. Through contemporary, hands-on programs, you’ll be challenged to ask questions, rethink traditional solutions and leave your comfort zone behind. You’ll learn to navigate the professional world with integrity and confidence. Choose from a variety of full-time and part-time programs, available in on-campus, online and executive formats. Our programs include professional degrees, executive leadership programs, liberal studies, certificates and summer programs.

Usild School of Nursing

Nursing School at the Usild provides training at the professional, advanced practice, and doctoral levels, while raising the school’s profile in research and scholarship.  Nursing represents a fundamental core of the workforce. Usild in collaboration with the nation's top-Nursing School offers numerous MS and doctoral degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a traditional four-year program. A highly regarded faculty provides students with a grounding in clinical skills; knowledge in the biological, physical, and social sciences; and nursing theory. Students have access to diverse health systems and community-based organizations around the Maryland and DC region. We train nurses who are well prepared for licensure and certification examinations.

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