Master of Science in International Relations and Business

The online Master of Science in International Relations and Business program is designed through a partnership between American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and the Kogod School of Business. Through this collaboration, students learn to combine advanced business skills with international affairs knowledge to influence international economic policy and advance their careers within the international market.

American University’s Washington, DC, location provides students with access to all of the resources and networking opportunities the global policy hub has to offer.

By earning an online master’s in international relations and business, students graduate with the connections and understanding needed to navigate complex challenges that arise at the intersection of business, foreign policy, and global affairs.

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Ranked Number 8 by Foreign Policy Magazine

Top-Ranked Worldwide

The international relations master’s degree programs from American University’s School of International Service were ranked No. 8 worldwide by Foreign Policy magazine in 2018.1

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

AACSB Accredited

American University’s Kogod School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized and professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

Program Overview

The online MS in International Relations and Business program is 36 credit hours and can be completed in as few as 18 months.

36 credits

1 global immersion

1 capstone project

18 month completion

In addition to weekly live online classes and asynchronous coursework, the master’s in international relations and business curriculum includes an in-person global immersion and a culminating capstone project. During the immersion, students explore the local culture of a global business hub, network with international industry leaders, and strengthen their relationships with classmates and faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn from a skills-focused interdisciplinary curriculum that covers advanced business concepts in the context of global politics, economics, and cross-cultural relationships. The program prepares students for careers in international business by incorporating key skills from both disciplines.

Depending on the courses students choose, they can learn a combination of the following skills.

International Relations

  • Intercultural communication
  • International economic organizations
  • Global markets
  • International negotiation
  • Corporate social responsibility

Business

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Management
  • Marketing and communication
  • Business strategy

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Master’s in International Business vs. Master’s in International Relations

The School of International Service offers an online MA in International Relations program in addition to the MS in International Relations and Business program. When choosing which international relations degree is the right fit, it’s important that students consider their goals and how their career fits into the global ecosystem.

Master's in International Business

The MS in International Relations and Business program focuses on using advanced business skills in an international context. This program is well-suited for students looking to advance in careers that intersect with economic affairs and international commerce.

Learn more about the online master's in international relations and business program.

Master's in International Relations

The MA in International Relations program focuses on the key principles and perspectives underlying the field of international relations. This program is well-suited for students pursuing careers that require cross-cultural communication and foreign policy analysis.

Learn more about the online master’s in international relations program.

Admissions

Applications are reviewed by the Kogod School of Business on a rolling basis and should include the following:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Two personal essays
  • Résumé
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply. GMAT and GRE scores are not required.

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Earn your master’s in international relations and business online to advance your career in the global economy.

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1 The Best International Relations Schools in the World, Foreign Policy magazine, 2018. Accessed April 2019. Return to footnote reference