Online Master’s Degree & Certificate Programs

American University courses and programs offered by our collective of schools specializing in a variety of different disciplines, available and accessible online.

Online Learning at American University

Helping learners harness their curiosity, realize their purpose, and develop the skills and confidence needed to change the world.

American University courses and programs offered by our collective of schools specializing in a variety of different disciplines, available and accessible online.

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Engaging​

AU Online courses provide an engaging digital learning environment that fosters discussion, student involvement, and personalized attention. Student participation is an integral part of the AU process, preparing students to become active, engaged leaders in any career or pursuit.

Experiential

At AU, passion becomes purpose. Our curriculum challenges students to combine serious theoretical study with meaningful real-world learning experiences, sharpening their critical skills and becoming agile thinkers.

Expert

AU faculty are both world-class academics and serious practitioners. AU Online is facilitated by the same professors that teach on campus, who teach, mentor, and invest in the success of every student.

Flexible

Built for changemakers on the move, an AU education is available anywhere, anytime. With students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 130 countries, an AU degree is a global experience.

Featured Online Programs

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Master of Business Administration

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Master of Public Administration and Policy

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Master of Legal Studies

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Master of Science in International Relations and Business

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Master of Science in International Relations and Business

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Master in Science in Sports Analytics and Management

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Master of Science in Nutrition Education

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Why AU Online?

RANKED

#1

Most Active Student Government

Princeton Review Best Colleges – 2021

RANKED

#9

Best Online Colleges for Value

Guide to Online Schools 2020

RANKED

#46

Best Colleges for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges – 2020

RANKED

#76

Best National University

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges – 2020

93%

of AU graduates with master’s degrees are employed, pursuing an advanced degree, or both within six months of graduation.

Discover why AU is the best online learning experience for you.

Hear from American University Alumni

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Carolina Espinel

2016 Online MS in Nutrition Education Grad

Being online, it allowed me to pursue the MS all the way from Ecuador! Additionally, I have been able to work while studying. Of course it has been a challenging task, but the structure of the courses and the guidance of the instructors have ensured a rewarding academic experience. I realize work and study complement each other, and it has been wonderful to count on the instructor and other classmates’ expertise.

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James Anderson

2017 Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) Grad

The program found a way to distinguish itself from traditional online courses that depend largely on discussion boards and self-study. Instead the program allowed for students to develop relationships with professors through the online platform, in addition to collaborative assignments, which encouraged relationship-building within my cohort. Make no mistake, it is a challenging program—but that is what I expected from the AU School of International Service brand.

Hear from American University Alumni

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Carolina Espinel 2016 Online MS in Nutrition Education Grad
Being online, it allowed me to pursue the MS all the way from Ecuador! Additionally, I have been able to work while studying. Of course it has been a challenging task, but the structure of the courses and the guidance of the instructors have ensured a rewarding academic experience. I realize work and study complement each other, and it has been wonderful to count on the instructor and other classmates’ expertise.
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James Anderson 2017 Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) Grad
The program found a way to distinguish itself from traditional online courses that depend largely on discussion boards and self-study. Instead the program allowed for students to develop relationships with professors through the online platform, in addition to collaborative assignments, which encouraged relationship-building within my cohort. Make no mistake, it is a challenging program—but that is what I expected from the AU School of International Service brand.