Why Choose International Relations Online?

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The International Relations Online program offers you the opportunity to earn your Master of Arts in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service (SIS).

International Relations Online is designed to prepare you with the foundational knowledge and skills to succeed in the complex and ever-changing field of international affairs. With a focus on both theory and practice, the curriculum explores a range of topics essential to professionals in the field, including intercultural relations, global governance, and international economics. Your concentration allows you to develop a specialized area of expertise, while elective coursework gives you the flexibility to tailor the program to your interests. Your studies will culminate in a capstone experience.

The selective admissions criteria are the same as our on-campus program, and our online classroom is highly interactive, with classes taught by world-class SIS faculty. This online program provides you with the flexibility to earn your degree from a Washington, D.C.-based school while maintaining your commitments in your own community.

Why Online?

The International Relations Online program is delivered using an advanced online learning platform so that you can complete your coursework from wherever you are in the world. Coursework includes original broadcast-quality video, self-paced lectures, interactive case studies, and collaborative activities that foster teamwork and critical thinking. Our interactive technology allows you to study and interact 24/7 with professors and fellow classmates who live and work around the globe. With International Relations Online, you will:

  • Attend live, face-to-face online classes.
  • Access high quality, faculty-designed video coursework 24/7.
  • Review recorded sessions at any time.
  • Communicate with instructors and classmates via an integrated social media network.
  • Build your professional network of peers from day one.
  • Enjoy the benefits of being an AU graduate student, including access to personalized career services and AU’s global alumni network.
  • Participate in AU’s on-campus commencement.
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