Program Overview


Degree Requirements

The Executive Master International Studies consists of 58 credits, including a mix of EMIS core and elective courses and Jackson School elective courses (35 credits, some of which may also be used for an independent study project or internship); UW elective courses (10 credits); a one-quarter Professional Development Practicum and a two-quarter Applied Research Client Project (9 credits); and a Crisis Negotiation exercise (4 credits).


The EMIS curriculum develops students skills in high-level negotiations, conflict resolution, crisis management, effective public speaking, decoding U.S. foreign policy, humanitarian assistance, presentation skills and a “think different” mentality.  The coursework engages and provides students with ample opportunities to build vital knowledge and to practice important skills in real-world or simulated settings.  EMIS students also engage with global practitioners and Civic Council members who represent leading international companies and organizations influencing global policy, social trends and decision-making.

Core Courses & Professional Practicum

The following Core courses are required in order to graduate. These courses are offered once per year.

EMIS & JSIS Elective Courses

Students take at least 20 elective credits within the Jackson School. They may choose to take the additional required 10 UW credits within the Jackson School as well. In addition to the recommended courses listed below, students may choose from the full Jackson School offerings. Be sure to note the quarter in which each course is offered. Courses are adjusted annually in order to keep up with a dynamic and changing world.

UW Elective Courses

EMIS students must take an additional 10 credits of elective coursework from other UW departments. To enroll in these 400 or 500 level courses, students must register during Period 2. Here are UW elective courses that EMIS students have taken in the past:

EMIS Professional Practicum Series

Students participant in a series of workshops to polish skills essential for international practitioners in all sectors. The series runs throughout the year, more details here.

Two-Year Option

You may choose to complete the program over two years. This option is only available with an autumn start. View a sample course schedule to see how this program option works.

12-Month, Winter Start Option

Alternatively, you may choose to complete the program over 12 months, beginning in winter quarter and completing the program the following autumn. View a sample course schedule to see how this program option may work for you.

10-Month, Autumn Start Option

You could decide to complete the degree by completing 16 - 19 credits per quarter beginning in autumn quarter. View a sample course schedule to determine if this program option works for you.