University of Washington

For Prospective Students

As one of the leading schools of international affairs in the world with over 100 years of history, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) has a wide variety of programs to train and inspire any student. Our department currently offers the following programs of study:

Prospective Students


Seven majors, from Asian Studies to Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and thirteen minors are available to our undergraduate students. JSIS degree programs also offer the perfect complement as a double major to business, economics, law, or political science.

For a full breakdown of our undergraduate programs, see here.


At the graduate level, the Jackson School offers nine different 2-year Master’s degree programs to help students further enhance their expertise in a particular field. JSIS MA degrees are also offered concurrently with Master’s programs in Public Administration, Public Health, Business, and Law.

For a full breakdown of our graduate programs, see here.


The Jackson School’s doctoral program is one of a kind, and offers qualified candidates the opportunity to combine high level regional expertise with intensive training in one of four foundational fields. A JSIS Ph.D. is an intensive, applied program designed to be completed by both professionals and academics in 3-4 years.

For full information on our Ph.D. program, see here.


The Jackson School offers an intensive, full time 10-month graduate degree program designed exclusively for professionals seeking to accelerate their careers in foreign affairs. The MA in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) is intended for applicants who hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and have at least five years of professional experience in fields across the international affairs spectrum.

For full information on our professional degree program, see here.

What our office can do for you

What our office can do for youOnce you become a Jackson School student, we stand ready to provide services tailored to careers in international affairs. This includes one-on-one coaching, application materials review, newsletters highlighting the latest job and internship opportunities, networking, and workshops. We also facilitate a mentor program that connects Jackson School alumni to current students in a professional context. 

Please note that while the services of our office are exclusive to Jackson School students and alumni, all University of Washington students also have full access to the Husky Career Center, which provides further information, training, and resources to help students realize their career ambitions.

The Professional Applications of a Degree in International Studies

The Jackson School aims to combine an education in the social sciences, the humanities, and a variety of professional fields to help students enhance their understanding of the world and its complex problems. In addition to statistics and data-driven analytical writing skills, a degree in International Studies can give students an expertise in specialized regional knowledge, world languages, law, diplomacy, and cultural contexts.

Professional Applications

Career Fields Affiliated with a Degree in International Studies

JSIS graduates use their skills to lead in a wide variety of fields: international business and finance, diplomacy, public service, trade, and global development are just a few examples of fields where our students go. For a specific breakdown of where are students forge their careers, please see our alumni employment profile.

Click here for a guide for prospective students outlining careers in international relations

Career Fields

Funding Opportunities for Study at the Jackson School

We are always happy to hear of interest in our programs here at the Jackson School, and encourage you to explore the following funding resources: