American University

Master of Arts in International Relations Online


4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in International Relations Online

Format: Online

Program Description:

International Relations Online delivers master’s degree programs from the American University School of International Service (SIS) in an innovative, online format. These online degree programs allow working professionals from all over the world to share ideas, develop valuable relationships with other aspiring global service leaders, and build a foundational understanding of international relations principles that are directly applicable to their career.

SIS is ranked among the top-10 schools of international affairs in the world by Foreign Policy magazine, and the reach of International Relations Online extends all over the globe. Students have attended live online classes from more than 15 different time zones, and coursework is available 24/7 from any Internet-enabled device.

Students align their studies with their unique career goals by specializing in a chosen concentration:

  • Global Security
  • International Development
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • United States Foreign Policy and National Security

Program Options

International Relations Online offers a Master of International Service (MIS) and a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) from American University’s School of International Service. Applicants with seven or more years of professional experience are eligible to apply for a GRE waiver.
Both of these innovative online degree programs provide students with a foundational understanding of critical international relations principles. Students develop critical and analytical skills designed to prepare them for leadership, and they can focus their education by selecting a concentration of study.

Master of International Service (MIS)

Designed for professionals with nine or more years of experience in an international relations-related field, the MIS program is an accelerated degree track that helps students build upon their existing skills. This leadership-focused program offers a career-driven curriculum, deep networking opportunities, and hands-on learning experiences.

Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)

The traditional MAIR degree program is designed for aspiring leaders in the field of international relations. The program helps students develop the intercultural skills to analyze conflicts that involve people of different cultures; to understand the process of intercultural communication; and to appreciate how culturally determined values, beliefs, and worldviews shape behavior at all levels.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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