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 who want to build a strong foundational understanding of international affairs theory and practice.

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.

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.