Online Master's Programs from American University's Top-10 School of International Service¹

The American University School of International Service’s online degree options are designed to help students advance at all stages of their careers. Bachelor's Required. GRE Scores are optional for both programs.*

Our 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.

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.

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.


¹ Foreign Policy Magazine, 2018

*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.