Top 10 reasons to come to the Josef Korbel School

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Josef Korbel School!

I hope this finds you enjoying the longer days ad perhaps a green beverage today. Our office recently put together a Top 10 list of reasons to come (or apply) to Korbel. We have yet to post this on our website so you are the first viewers of this list. In addition, I’m including some side notes in parenthesis which will only be on this blog. Lucky you. Among many other reasons to consider joining our student body at the University of Denver and specifically here at Korbel, here’s what we think are a few of the TOP reasons:

  1. The Josef Korbel School is ranked #12 in the world for graduate programs in International Affairs by Foreign Policy Magazine. (perhaps over used but it’s a pretty impressive statistic. check out our upcoming full page color ad in FP’s May/June issue).
  2. The city of Denver is ranked #1 among U.S. cities for non-profits per capita and is the 3rd largest federal employer, providing unique learning opportunities and top-notch internships and employment. (Check out for a listing of local NPOs)
  3. According to a study conducted by and, Denver ranks as #8 in their list of the 10 best cities in the U.S. for college grads to live affordably and find a job. (An average  1 bedroom apartment near campus: $550/month. We also provide a free light rail/bus pass for all current students)
  4. The Josef Korbel School’s merit-based scholarship program includes scholarships ranging from $10,000-15,000 per year if you meet the parameters and are admitted to the graduate program. (We take the highest scores for each section of the GREs so if you get a 540 verbal score and have a 4.0 GPA, I would recommend taking the exam again if you are interested in receiving $ to help pay for graduate school)
  5. As an APSIA member, the Josef Korbel School has an Office of Career and Professional Development dedicated to helping students build the career assets needed to be effectively positioned in the global economy of the 21st century. For more career specifics click here. (To learn more about APSIA schools, visit
  6. The Josef Korbel School is home to 14 research centers, institutes and special programs such as: the Center on Rights Development, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Conflict Resolution Institute, and SIE CHEOU-KANG Center for International Security and Diplomacy to name a few. For more information about our centers and institutes, click here.
  7. Boasting such prominent and notable alumni such as Masoumah Al-Mubarak (PhD 1992, MA 1981), Minister of Health, Kuwait, Cindy Courville (PhD/MA 1980), Professor National Defense Intelligence College Former Ambassador, African Union, Condoleezza Rice, Susan Waltz (PhD 1980,MA 1975), the former chair of Amnesty International’s International Executive Committee, Mohammad Javad Zarif (Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations) and General George Casey Jr., Josef Korbel School graduates enjoy a variety of successful career paths.
  8. Denver is ranked #3 in the country for greatest number of sunny days per year (behind only San Diego and Miami). This fact combined with the close vicinity to the pristine Rocky Mountains makes the city of Denver one of a kind! (Seriously people, it’s not as cold and snowy as everyone thinks. I’m from upstate NY, I KNOW snowy and cold. Winters in CO are a walk in the park, but shhhhhh people here like to keep this a secret).
  9. In addition to our MA and PhD programs, the Josef Korbel School offers three certificate programs in Global Health, Homeland Security and Humanitarian Assistance providing core knowledge and skills to compliment your degree program.
  10. The Josef Korbel School and the University of Denver are committed to bringing influential guests from around the world to speak and meet with our students. Recent guests include author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortensen, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and journalist James Fallows, to name a few.

I hope that you learned a tid bit or two about the Josef Korbel School and Denver from this posting. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email. Although, it will be in the mid 60s and sunny today so I may have sneak out and play out of doors.


Nicole Vilegi
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Josef Korbel School of International Studies


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