The International Business Diplomacy Program is an academic honors program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Students who want to be considered for full admission as honors candidates in the IBD Program, should be enrolled in a full-time degree program within the School of Foreign Service. Joint-degree students are eligible so long as part of their degree is conferred by the School of Foreign Service. Cooperative inter-school arrangements also permit a select number of Georgetown MBA students and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Communication, Culture and Technology Program (CCTP) students to qualify for the Program each year, based on their preparation in international affairs and fulfillment of other IBD Program requirements.
Qualifying students may join the IBD Program after taking one of the Landegger Program gateway courses. Students, who complete this course with an honors grade (A or A-) and meet the other IBD requirements, will be invited to become full candidates for an IBD Honors Certificate.
Gateway courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Prospective candidates may register for gateway courses in either the fall or spring semesters. The IBD Program currently accepts approximately 90 students each academic year as full honors certificate candidates. Although registration for gateway courses is generally restricted to students in the School of Foreign Service, a certain number of spaces are reserved for students in the Georgetown MBA Program through an exchange-of-seats agreement. Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences program in Communication, Culture and Technology may also register for designated gateway courses. Evaluations in the gateway course are based strictly on each individual's performance; grades are not allocated or "curved" to reach a minimum or maximum number of certificate candidates per educational degree or academic program every year.