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

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

For professionals with seven 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. Explore available concentrations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SIS provides online students with the resources and support they need to succeed in their chosen career path during and after their time in the program.

Experience International Relations Online

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

What Our Students Are Saying

"I really wanted to learn from the best, so AU’s great reputation combined with a convenient online format gave me the opportunity that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’ve been in class with professors in Ecuador and Korea and I’ve had classmates from India, Haiti, and Europe. People from other countries provide a particular perspective that you don’t necessarily have in the U.S. That’s been better than an in-person education."

- Pax Escobar, IROnline student

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