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International Relations Online gives students access to American University’s world-class international relations education no matter where they are in the world. Students develop essential analytical, professional, and leadership skills that prepare them to take on a wide range of roles in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Master of Arts in International Relations Program

Masters of Arts in International Relations

The traditional Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program features live online classes led by faculty at AU’s top 10-ranked School of International Service, self-paced coursework, and real-world, immersive learning experiences. Explore the curriculum >


Executive Master of International Service Program

Executive Master of International Service

For professionals with nine or more years of experience, a condensed
Executive Master of International Service (MIS) degree track is also available.
The MIS program helps students sharpen their existing skills and expand
their professional expertise. Learn more about our executive option >


Develop specialized skills to support your unique career goals.

helicopter landing on aircraft carrier Global Security

With a focus on examining the dynamics of peace, security, and war, students in the Global Security concentration will learn to prevent, manage, mitigate, and provide solutions to conflicts and struggles in communities around the globe.

aerial view of the Pentagon United States Foreign Policy & National Security

To prepare for careers in foreign relations, defense, or intelligence, students will explore the execution of international strategies with a focus on the economic, historical, and political underpinnings of policy formulation.

bustling city International Development

How can we support developing communities throughout the world? Students in this concentration will learn how politics, public health, sustainability, and economic growth play into the development of both countries and communities.

woman and man negotiating International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

By developing a deeper understanding of the causes of global conflict, students in this concentration will learn to engage in and apply strategic negotiation tactics to end international disputes and evaluate post-conflict landscapes.

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International Relations Online delivers a flexible learning experience that features dynamic live classes, interactive coursework, dedicated student support, and on-campus immersions. Learn more about student life >


Take IR Online Wherever You Go

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Online students at American University's School of International Service can access assignments and connect with classmates and professors on-the-go. Learn more about our state-of-the-art mobile app >