About International Relations Online
International Relations Online offers professionals the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR), an executive Master of International Service (MIS), or a Social Enterprise Master’s from American University’s School of International Service (SIS) from anywhere in the world. Each degree program is designed to prepare students with the foundational knowledge and skills to succeed in the complex and dynamic field of international affairs.
A top-10 ranked school of international affairs by Foreign Policy magazine, SIS’s programs focus on both theory and practice, allowing students to explore a range of essential international relations topics, including intercultural relations, global governance, and international economics. Students also choose from concentrations and elective courses to develop an area of expertise relevant to their specific profession or interests.
No other highly ranked program offers an online master’s degree in international relations that matches AU’s level of interaction among faculty and students. Academic requirements are comparable to the school’s on-campus degrees and adhere to best practices set forth by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, of which SIS is a founding member.
The International Relations Online program uses the most advanced web-based technology available, enabling students around the globe to connect and study together. The online platform allows for flexibility while receiving a world-class education from SIS. IR Online gives students anywhere the opportunity to:
Connect. Students learn in an intimate, interactive online environment that includes all course content, face-to-face weekly classes, and a familiar social networking tool to connect with classmates outside of class. Students can also meet with their professors during face-to-face online office hours.
Collaborate. Students complete coursework that is produced by SIS faculty in collaboration with instructional designers and includes original broadcast-quality video, self-paced lectures, interactive case studies, guest lectures from government officials and policy makers, and collaborative activities that foster teamwork and critical thinking.
Learn on the go. Students can submit assignments, watch videos, and access course materials at any time through the program’s mobile app in addition to the web-based platform.
Network. Students and graduates receive access to the same personalized career services and global alumni network resources as their on-campus counterparts.