The Patterson School welcomes its 2021 student cohort!
Students had the opportunity to visit the Turkish Ambassador's Residence in Washington, D.C.
Admiral Harry Harris of Pacific Command visited the Patterson School in December, 2017.
The Patterson School continues to accept applications for the Fall 2021 entering class, the 62nd cohort in its history. See below for more details.
Patterson Students from the 58th and 59th cohorts visited Doha, Qatar in December 2018
University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
With a tradition of leadership and innovation, and a commitment to excellence, the Patterson School is keenly focused on what will be required to prepare international policymakers to meet the demands of the 21st century. We continue to be guided by James Patterson’s visionary approach to the integrated study of diplomacy and international commerce. We constantly refine our curriculum to ensure that we are effectively educating future global leaders in both fields. As one of the nation’s leading masters programs in international affairs, we are building upon a very solid foundation.
We welcome applications from all interested, qualified persons who could thrive within the unique environment that our program provides. Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree (or equivalent academic preparation) with a record of achievement showing promise of success in graduate school.
Applications must be submitted online to the University of Kentucky Graduate School.
The Patterson School serves the state, nation and world through the rigorous education of future leaders to work in the fields of international diplomacy, commerce, development, and intelligence and security. This is accomplished in a flexible, intimate learning environment that integrates academic studies, practical training, and real world experience. Our graduates emerge ready to undertake challenging careers with global responsibilities in the public, private and non-profit sectors.