Master of International Service for Experienced Professionals Online

Master of International Service for Experienced Professionals Online

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At a Glance

Our Master of International Service (MIS) online program prepares experienced professionals to analyze foreign politics, culture, and society strategically. Through our immersive online experience, American University will equip students to meet international relations and its challenges with thoughtful expertise.

Delve into the policies shaping the world and begin strategizing
initiatives as a leader in international affairs.

The Master of International Service is an accelerated program designed
for professionals and practitioners with seven or more years of
experience in international affairs. Students learn alongside peers with
similar levels of experience and develop skills and theoretical
knowledge that build on their existing skill set and advance their
leadership potential.

By developing expert-level knowledge in their specific area of focus, students become prepared to lead high-level strategic initiatives in their
organizations.

For those with less professional experience in international relations who wish to enter the field, we also offer an online Master of Arts in
International Relations program.


Students earning their international affairs master’s degree can align their course work with their desired career trajectory by selecting from a variety
of concentrations, including Global Security, International Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy. They will also participate in at least one
immersion experience held on the American University campus in Washington, D.C.—and have the option to study abroad, where they’ll meet
their peers, network, and participate in hands-on projects on the ground. They will finish the program with a capstone that incorporates skills gained
throughout their courses.

Our Master of International Service (MIS) online program prepares experienced professionals to analyze foreign politics, culture, and society strategically. Through our immersive online experience, American University will equip students to meet international conflict with thoughtful expertise.

Delve into the policies shaping the world and begin strategizing initiatives as a leader in international affairs.

The Master of International Service is an accelerated program designed for professionals and practitioners with seven or more years of experience in international affairs. Students learn alongside peers with similar levels of experience and develop skills and theoretical knowledge that build on their existing skill set and advance their leadership potential.

By developing expert-level knowledge in their specific area of focus, students become prepared to lead high-level strategic initiatives in their organizations.

For those with less professional experience in international relations who wish to enter the field, we also offer an online Master of Arts in International Relations program.

Students earning their international affairs master’s degree can align their course work with their desired career trajectory by selecting from a variety of concentrations, including Global Security, International Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy. They will also participate in at least one immersion experience—held on the American University campus in Washington, D.C.—and have the option to study abroad, where they’ll meet their peers, network, and participate in hands-on projects on the ground. They will finish the program with a capstone that incorporates skills gained throughout their courses.

Advanced Standing Opportunity

Applicants who have extensive international professional experience may be eligible to apply for advanced standing and complete their degree on an accelerated track.

Advanced standing prospects will be evaluated based on the length of time they worked overseas and the intensity and quality of the international experience, including insights into the country’s culture, society, and politics.

Students granted advanced standing status can waive up to 6 credit hours, allowing them to complete the program in as few as 12 months.

If interested in advanced standing, students should contact an admissions counselor at 1-855-306-2847 or [email protected] to see if they qualify.

Program Objective

In an increasingly interconnected world, American University’s International Relations Online programs allow you the opportunity to earn your master’s degree from anywhere. With our online master’s degree programs, you can build the specialized expertise, policy knowledge, and communications skill set to start creating a meaningful difference in your community and beyond.

As a student, you will enhance your expertise in international relations and foreign affairs and have opportunities to build a rich network of political and international connections without sacrificing your responsibilities at home. GRE scores are not required to apply.

Online Learning

Students earning their international affairs master’s degree benefit from an innovative online learning platform that combines live classes hosted via webcam, interactive course work, and collaborative group exercises. The platform allows for flexibility while receiving a world-class education at the School of International Service, from anywhere in the world.

Learn more about the student experience.

Students earning their international affairs master’s degree benefit from an innovative online learning platform that combines live classes hosted via webcam, interactive course work, and collaborative group exercises. The platform allows for flexibility while receiving a world-class education at the School of International Service, from anywhere in the world.

Learn more about the student experience.

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) seeks applicants for all online international relations programs who are dedicated to improving the world through international relations, service, and innovation.

To complete your application, you must submit the following:

Curriculum

The Executive Master of International Service (MIS) program requires 30 credit hours to complete and is designed to build specialized expertise and leadership skills for professionals with seven or more years of professional experience. Depending on their professional international background, students may be eligible to apply for advanced standing to reduce the number of required credits to 27 or 24.

Career Advancement in
International Service and Affairs

Whether your aspirations are in global security, international development, foreign policy, national security, or conflict resolution, you will graduate ready to take on positions in a range of settings—think tanks, nonprofits, consulting firms, or government agencies—and promote peace worldwide.

Professionals in global security work toward keeping volatile or unstable nations safe from outside threat. This might include mediating conflict, tracking threats, and proposing new policies and safety measures.

Professionals in this field typically focus on creating and implementing foreign policy, defense, intelligence, and public diplomacy to promote national security.

Working in international development means helping to improve—and sustain—the economic development and quality of life in an area. This includes alleviating poverty and illiteracy, elevating life expectancy, and heightening Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.

Professionals in this field work to understand, mitigate, and resolve conflict on an international level.

Learning Outcomes

Course work in the program will help students develop their understanding and hone their knowledge in the following areas:

Intercultural Issue Analysis and Critical Thinking Skills

 

Students will improve their ability to analyze international and intercultural issues, helping them better evaluate programs; interpret conflicts; and appreciate how culturally determined values, beliefs, and worldviews shape behavior at all levels. Students will also be able to demonstrate writing, presentation, and thinking skills in the analysis of international relations as well as key quantitative research methods.

 

Specialized Expertise

 

Students will expand their knowledge and proficiency in specialized subject areas that match their career goals through in-depth study of one of four specialization subfields: Global Security, International Development, International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, or United States Foreign Policy and National Security.


Leadership Abilities

 

Students will build their leadership skills throughout the program, specifically during the Cross-Cultural Leadership and Management course offered during the required in-person immersion, and through the capstone course. Because students can attend classes online and continue working, they have the opportunity to apply these leadership skills immediately to their jobs.

Current Concepts and Theories

 

Students will explore current and evolving concepts, organizations, and policy debates in the field of international relations, including the economic forces that continue to drive the globalization process. They will take an in-depth look at theoretical assumptions underpinning arguments and proposals as they refresh their knowledge of the major theories of international relations.

Class Profile and Backgrounds

The International Relations Online program attracts students from diverse career paths and locations who share a common goal of making a real difference around the world. Hear directly from our students about their passions, their career goals, and the work they are doing in the U.S. and abroad.

Class Profile

The information above reflects enrolled students as of January 2018.

We Bring AU to You

Flexible Online Learning

Our online experience brings the AU campus to you. You will benefit from both the flexibility of online learning and becoming a full member of the AU community. Engage in Zoom HD live classes and enjoy 24/7 access to course materials.

The Immersive Digital Campus

The digital campus acts as your connection to the School of International Service’s resources and community. Everything you need to succeed is one click away, so you can benefit from the full AU experience no matter where you are.

A Global Community

You will join a diverse community of classmates, faculty, and alumni who are dedicated to influencing positive change in an ever-evolving and complex global environment.

A Global Community

You will join a diverse community of classmates, faculty, and alumni who are dedicated to influencing positive change in an ever-evolving and complex global environment.

In-Person Immersion in the
Nation’s Capital

At our Washington, D.C., campus, you will engage with the AU community, meet the students and instructors you study with each week, participate in intensive learning exercises, and experience the inner workings of high-performing international relations organizations in the nation’s capital.

In-Person Immersion in the
Nation’s Capital

At our Washington, D.C., campus, you will engage with the AU community, meet the students and instructors you study with each week, participate in intensive learning exercises, and experience the inner workings of high-performing international relations organizations in the nation’s capital.

Support for the Entire
Student Journey

As an online student, you will receive hands-on contact from our highly qualified team during the admissions process to your graduation ceremony and beyond.

Military Education Benefits

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

Military-connected students are able to apply their VA education
benefits when they enroll, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Tuition Assistance (TA), and the Yellow
Ribbon Program for those who qualify.

As an online MIS student, you can earn your degree no matter where you live or are stationed—and translate your military

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

Military-connected students are able to apply their VA education benefits when they enroll, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Tuition Assistance (TA), and the Yellow Ribbon Program for those who qualify.

As an online MIS student, you can earn your degree no matter where you live or are stationed—and translate your military

experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities
across a variety of industries and organizations.


Applicants who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive their application fee.

Learn more about how to apply for military benefits.

experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities across a variety of industries and organizations.

Applicants who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive their application fee.

Learn more about how to apply for military benefits.

Learn to lead and stay at the forefront of your field.

Find out more about the online Master of International Service program today.