Explore Our Online International Relations Master’s Programs

Top-Ranked Programs—Delivered Online

Earn Your Master's Online from AU's Top-10 Ranked School of International Service

60 years of international service

Earn Your Master's Online from AU's Top-10 Ranked School of International Service

60 years of international service

Through our online master's degree programs from American University's top-10 ranked School of International Service, we offer students a world-class education no matter where they are in the world. Students develop the analytical, professional, and leadership skills to take on a wide range of roles in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. GRE waivers are available.

Our Three Online Master’s Programs:

Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)

Designed for aspiring global professionals in the field of international affairs, the MAIR program helps students develop the intercultural communication, policy analysis, and negotiation skills to take on roles in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. GRE scores are required, but applicants with three years of professional work experience may apply for a waiver.

Executive Master of International Service (MIS)

This accelerated program, which can be completed in as little as 15 months, is for professionals with seven or more years of experience in international service. Students develop specialized expertise and strengthen their leadership skills to stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of international relations. No GRE scores are required to apply.

Social Enterprise Master's (MA)

This graduate program blends MBA courses from AU’s Kogod School of Business with courses in intercultural relations, social innovation, and global policy from the School of International Service to prepare students for careers in international business and development. GRE scores are required, but those with five years of professional work experience or a master’s degree may apply for a waiver.

If you’re interested in earning a degree from the School of International Service on campus, you can explore our offerings here.

The Best of Campus Delivered Online

All online graduate programs from the School of International Service are delivered through a versatile online format that features: 

  • live, online classes hosted by renowned AU professors
  • the ability to customize the program through concentrations or electives
  • engaging course work that can be completed 24/7
  • networking opportunities with peers and more than 15,000 alumni
  • hands-on learning experiences, including collaborative, in-person immersions
  • connections to our campus, based in Washington, D.C., and AU's extensive alumni network

Please fill out the brief form above to receive more information about these programs from our admissions team.

Please fill out the brief form below to receive more information about these programs from our admissions team.

The online master’s degree programs from American University’s School of International Service (SIS) will prepare you to promote the health and safety of communities on a global scale. In 2018, SIS’s international relations master’s degree programs were ranked No. 8 worldwide by Foreign Policy magazine.1

Our online format—which includes live classes delivered on our videoconferencing platform and coursework available 24/7—is tailored for the busy working professional. As a student, you will:

  • Learn from the same AU professors who teach on campus—and bring extensive experience in international relations and socially responsible business to the classroom.
  • Benefit from dedicated student support and career resources, available from the moment you enroll.
  • Visit AU’s campus in Washington, D.C., and network with organizations central to government, foreign relations, politics, development, and national security.
  • Gain access to a network of 15,000 alumni, who are driving positive change around the world. 

Our programs are also a great fit for members of the military, providing them with the flexibility to earn their degree no matter where they are stationed. Our Veterans Services office can help you navigate your VA benefits.

1 Foreign Policy magazine, 2018