Executive Master of International Service

The Executive Master of International Service (MIS), part of International Relations Online, is an accelerated degree designed for professionals with seven or more years of experience in the field of international affairs or international service. This program helps experienced professionals cultivate expertise in a subfield of international affairs and strengthen their leadership skills to stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of international relations. For those with less professional experience in international relations and who wish to enter the field, we also offer a Master of Arts in International Relations

Program Overview

The online MIS program is 30 credit hours, and the program can be completed in as few as 12 months.

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Students can align their course work with their desired career trajectory by selecting from a variety of concentrations, including global security, international development, and U.S. foreign policy. They will also participate in at least one residency experience—held on the American University campus in Washington, D.C.—and have the option to study abroad, where they’ll meet their peers, network, and participate in hands-on projects on the ground. They will finish the program with a capstone that incorporates skills gained throughout their courses.

Class Profile

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The information above reflects enrolled students as of January 2018.

What’s Next?

Learn more about the MIS program by reviewing our application requirements, reading our course descriptions, and exploring financial aid options.

Online Learning

Students enrolled in the MIS program benefit from an innovative, online learning platform that combines live classes hosted via webcam, interactive course work, and collaborative group exercises. The platform allows for flexibility while receiving a world-class education at the School of International Service, from anywhere in the world. 

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Learning Outcomes

Course work in the Executive Master of International Service program will help students develop their understanding and hone their knowledge in the following areas:

Intercultural Issue Analysis and Critical Thinking Skills

Students will improve their ability to analyze international and intercultural issues, helping them better evaluate programs; interpret conflicts and appreciate how culturally determined values, beliefs, and worldviews shape behavior at all levels. Students will also be able to demonstrate writing, presentation, and thinking skills in the analysis of international relations as well as key quantitative research methods.

Specialized Expertise

Students will expand their knowledge and proficiency in specialized subject areas that match their career goals through in-depth study of one of four specialization subfields: Global Security, International Development, International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, or United States Foreign Policy and National Security.

Leadership Abilities

Students will build their leadership skills throughout the program, specifically during the executive leadership course offered during the required in-person immersion, and through the capstone course. Because students can attend classes online and continue working, they have the opportunity to apply these leadership skills immediately to their jobs.

Current Concepts and Theories

Students will explore current and evolving concepts, organizations, and policy debates in the field of international relations, including the economic forces that continue to drive the globalization process. They will take an in-depth look at theoretical assumptions underpinning arguments and proposals as they refresh their knowledge of the major theories of international relations.

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