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Executive Master of International Service, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #601 (QS) Online
The online master’s degree programs from American University’s School of International Service help students build skills to drive change worldwide—whether their work is in international affairs, policy development, or socially responsible business.


This Executive Master of International Service at American University Washington DC helps experienced professionals cultivate expertise in a subfield of international affairs and strengthen their leadership skills to stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of international relations.

Students 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 residency 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.

Students enrolled in the MIS program 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. 

  • GRE not required for either program 
  • Top 10-ranked school of international service by Foreign Policy for 2018 
  • Concentration and elective options available 
  • SIS is a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) 
  • Washington, DC-based school with rich network of connections

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar in International Affairs
  • Executive Leadership
  • Understanding Global Economics and Markets
  • International Relations Capstone
  • Quantitative Methods: Research Design & Statistical Analysis
  • Planning, Forecasting and Decision Making
  • Project Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DM&E)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      12-16 month completion

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

To apply to the Executive Master of International Service (MIS) program, applicants are required to submit the following: 

  • Complete online application form
  • Current résumé/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credit
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $55 application fee

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee


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