Online Master’s Programs from the School of International Service

Online Master’s Programs from the School of International Service

The online graduate degree programs from American University’s top-10-ranked School of International Service blend theory and practice to prepare students to launch or advance their careers in a variety of fields. The curricula from  both master’s degrees emphasize service as a core principle and allow students to choose courses that align with their professional goals. Our degrees include:

Online Degree Programs Overview

Explore our available online degree programs and select the program that best meets your academic and career goals:

Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)

Designed for aspiring global professionals who want to build a strong foundational understanding of international affairs. Students study key international relations theories and principles and learn to influence decisions across borders and cultures.

Students can focus their studies in areas such as global security, U.S. foreign policy, sustainable international development, and conflict resolution. The program can be completed in as few as 24 months.

Learn more about the Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program.

Master of International Service (MIS) for Experienced Professionals

Designed for professionals and practitioners with seven or more years of experience, the online Master of International Service is an accelerated program that prepares students to become experts in their area of focus by building on their existing knowledge and advancing their leadership skills.

Students can concentrate their studies in fields such as foreign and security policy, peace and conflict resolution, international negotiation, and global development. The program can be completed in as few as 12 months.

Learn more about the Master of International Service (MIS) for Experienced Professionals program.

Master of Science in International Relations and Business

The Master of Science in International Relations and Business program is designed to help students learn to apply advanced business skills and international affairs knowledge in a global context. Through a combination of international affairs policy and technical business course work, students establish an understanding of the intersection of business, foreign policy, and global relations.

Students can take advantage of this opportunity to earn a joint degree developed by American University’s Kogod School of Business and the top-ranked School of International Service. This program can be completed in as few as 18 months.

Learn more about the Master of Science in International Relations and Business program.

On-Campus Programs

The School of International Service offers an array of master’s degree programs on campus, including international development; global media; natural resources and sustainable development; and U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Explore the School of International Service’s campus-based programs.

Blended Learning Opportunities

Online students have the optional opportunity to take up to a quarter of their course work on American University’s campus in Washington, D.C. This hybrid learning option enables students to extend their network and interact with students currently enrolled in the School of International Service’s residential program.

Learn more about the online program student experience.