Explore International Relations
Master’s Degrees Online

GRE Not Required

12-24 Month Completion

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The online international relations master’s programs from American University’s School of International Service (SIS) will prepare you to effect positive change on a global scale. Through our distinguished faculty and innovative curricula, you will emerge prepared for a career in global security, international development, foreign policy, national security, or conflict resolution. Bachelor's Required. GRE Scores are optional for both programs.*

In 2018, SIS’s master’s programs were ranked No. 8 worldwide by Foreign Policy Magazine1

In 2018, our international relations master’s degree programs were ranked No. 8 worldwide by Foreign Policy Magazine. ¹

Master of Arts
in International
Relations (MAIR)

Designed for aspiring global professionals who want to build a strong foundational understanding of international affairs theory and practice.

24 months to complete

Scholarships available for qualified applicants

Master of International Service (MIS) for Experienced Professionals

Designed for professionals with seven or more years of experience in international affairs. Students build on their existing knowledge to further skills in their specific area of expertise and advance their leadership potential.

12 months to complete

Scholarships available for qualified applicants

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The Learning Experience

All online international affairs master’s programs from the School of International Service feature:

An online class format that facilitates intimate discussion and close collaboration between you, your professors, and your peers

The ability to customize the program through concentrations or electives

In-person immersions on AU’s campus in Washington, DC—a city at the epicenter of international relations, politics, and business

An alumni network of 20,000+ that spans the world and has close connections in DC

*SIS uses a holistic approach to assessing prospective students, looking closely at their international, professional, and volunteer experience. Besides an applicant’s undergraduate GPA, their undergraduate transcripts are assessed for evidence of intellectual curiosity alongside a professional résumé and statement of purpose. An application will be considered in its entirety with or without GRE scores.