Residency and Capstone Requirements
Military Benefits for Students
Active-duty military members and veterans make up more than 30 percent of the International Relations Online student body—and SIS is committed to providing the convenience and flexibility to allow these students to earn their international relations master’s degree no matter where they’re stationed. Our program is a great fit for military service members and veterans for its:
- Skill-building that applies in real-time, including leadership, cultural competence, adaptability, and global perspective
- Networking with like-minded service members and veterans for careers within and after the military
- Financial aid benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program
A Flexible Online Format
Our online programs are designed to maintain the same educational quality as our on-campus programs, with a curriculum that fits seamlessly into a busy schedule. Our flexible learning format includes:
Live, face-to-face video classes
Our video conferencing technology allows you to see, interact, and debate with your peers and professors throughout class. Class sizes are kept to an approximate 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio to promote close collaboration.
Our coursework is intended to expand on in-class lessons with videos, quizzes, and Q&A sessions. Coursework can be completed weekly on your own time.
Interactive case studies
Our case studies allow you to translate concepts and skills learned in class to real-life situations. You will collaborate with peers to work through these projects together.
Explore Careers in International Relations
With a foundation in international affairs and expertise in a specialized subsector, you will graduate equipped to enter or move up in your field. In each sector, your duties can include:
Developing data-driven recommendations to support government officials and policymakers; providing consulting services on government relations, regulatory strategies, and corporate citizenship; and overseeing development projects in different countries
Driving American foreign policy; developing and managing assistance programs that promote peace, stability, and prosperity in different countries; and operating and assessing economic sanctions programs
Supporting democratic development programs; backstopping field teams; providing policy research support; and analyzing project performance in other countries
Our faculty are active members in the international affairs and social enterprise communities.
Lead Faculty, Practicum in International Relations
Stephanie is an executive in residence at SIS. In the past, she has directed the Advisory Board Foundation’s child protection project in the Philippines, and she has led Cummins Inc.’s corporate social responsibility efforts in Mexico.
Adjunct Professor, Social Enterprise
Sara has nearly 20 years of international experience at the cross section of business and the social sector—most recently as the head of business development and strategy for the Creative Development Lab at Creative Associates International.
Lead Faculty, U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security
Gordon is a widely respected expert and author on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is extensively used by the nation’s media for comment on U.S. national security policy.
Staying Connected to Washington, D.C.
Attending a school that is based in Washington, D.C., offers a wealth of opportunity for international affairs and global policy professionals. Through our required residencies and other optional visits to campus, you’ll be able to network with professionals in your field and get advice from professors on how to gain introductions at your desired places of employment.
Studying On Campus
If you live close to American University’s campus but are earning your degree as an online student, you have the option to take up to a quarter of your courses in-person. If the full-time on-campus program works better for your schedule, you can explore those degree options here: