The online Master of Science in International Relations and Business program is designed through a partnership between American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and the Kogod School of Business. Through this collaboration, students learn to combine advanced business skills with international affairs knowledge to influence international economic policy and advance their careers within the international market.
American University’s Washington, DC, location provides students with access to all the resources and networking opportunities the global policy hub has to offer. By earning an online master’s in international relations and business, students graduate with the connections and understanding needed to navigate complex challenges that arise at the intersection of business, foreign policy, and global affairs. The online degree can be completed in 18 months.
When choosing which business degree is the right fit, applicants should consider their career goals and how they plan to use the skills learned through the program. The Kogod School of Business currently offers an online MBA program in addition to the online MS in International Relations and Business program.
Master’s in Business Administration- Students should choose this path if they are seeking a more traditional business degree and want to advance skills in management, strategy, finance, accounting, leadership, marketing, and operations.
Master’s in Int’l Relations and Business- Students should choose this path if they want to focus on the same core business skills as an MBA degree but use those skills in an international context, such as working on international assignments or influencing global policy.
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As a student, you will attend live classes where you interact and collaborate via webcam with Kogod faculty members and classmates. You will complete weekly self-paced coursework that complements the assignments and discussion in the live classes and have full access to office hours.
Preparing students to solve a variety of modern organizational and business challenges using data.
Understand critical interrelationships and linkages necessary for developing global business strategy, including strategic and operational issues and relationships among functional disciplines.
Study Functional Areas of Business
Learn accounting and financial analysis, production and marketing of goods and services, management of people and organizations, and information and technology management.
Apply Classroom Learnings
Utilize quantitative information, tools, methods, and professional judgment to solve current and future business problems.
Learn how to demonstrate professional competence in oral and written communication within a business setting.
Grow as a Leader
Identify different leadership styles and demonstrate the ability to work effectively in diverse teams.
Gain a Global Perspective
Understand the global environment in which business operates, including economic, legal, ethical, and societal dimensions.
American University’s Kogod School of Business seeks candidates who strive to become global business leaders. Kogod’s online programs have four start dates throughout the year: January, April, July, and October. Applications are accepted and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university to apply. GMAT and GRE scores are not required.
To complete your application, you must submit the following:
International Relations Online courses are designed and led by world-class AU faculty members who are active leaders in the international affairs community. Faculty members work closely with students during live online classes, immersion experiences, and one-on-one office hours sessions.
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.
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 GDP per capita.
Professionals in this field work to understand, mitigate, and resolve conflict on an international level.
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.
Students learn from a skills-focused interdisciplinary curriculum that covers advanced business concepts in the context of global politics, economics, and cross-cultural relationships. The program prepares students for careers in international business by incorporating key skills from both disciplines.
In addition to traditional course work, students complete a culminating capstone project and attend a global immersion experience. These hands-on learning experiences deepen students understanding of the economic strategies that fortifies international relations today.
Depending on the courses students choose, they can learn a combination of the following skills.
The Kogod School of Business has always committed to a collaborative, immersive, and personalized learning experience. This is no different with our online programs.
Created specifically for the online space since 2015, our programs increase access to a Kogod education for working professionals located anywhere in the world and enable you to join a global community of diverse peers.
We bring the AU campus to you, no matter where you live. All program features are intentionally designed based on research of what makes online learning successful. We combine advanced technology, hands-on learning experiences, and full access to the American University and Kogod communities. Here, you’re not an online student, you’re an AU student.
In small weekly classes hosted on the HD Zoom platform, you will engage in live seminar-style discussions with your classmates and professors. Zoom and our other online tools ensure you are always immersed in your academic community.
During live classes, you have the ability to:
Everything you need to succeed and interact with the AU community is one click away through the digital campus. This includes weekly self-paced course work that supplements what you learn in your classes and is designed by the same AU faculty who teach on campus. Interactive content is presented in high-quality videos, recorded lectures, and case studies.
The digital campus can be personalized so that it works for your unique learning style. Some options include:
Practice-based learning is the foundation of all Kogod graduate programs—including online. Through in-person experiences that supplement your online learning, you will have opportunities to form closer connections with your peers, network with industry leaders, and hear from guest speakers.
You will build on what you learn in the classroom and gain practical, hands-on knowledge by working on case studies and applying your understanding to solve conflicts faced by real businesses.
Explore detailed overviews of in-person experiences for some of our programs:
Our dedicated support staff and engaged faculty are always accessible. They’re there while you work on your application, for technical support during the program, and when you’re ready to take the next step in your career and need help with updating your résumé and networking.
Our goal is to ensure our online students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed in their degree programs and their careers.
Explore detailed overviews of in-person experiences for some of our programs:
To help you apply the skills you develop in Kogod’s online master’s programs, you will receive LinkedIn Premium Career access, allowing you to:
American University’s Kogod School of Business 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 student, you can earn your your earn your degree no matter you live or are stationed-and translate your military
American University’s Kogod School of Business 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 MBA 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 US. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive
their application fee.
American University’s Kogod School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized and professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.
Find out more about the online MS International Relations and Business program today.