12 months
1997 USD/credit 71892 USD/year
1997 USD/credit 71892 USD/year
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The online Master of Arts in International Relations can be completed in 12–24 months. The online master’s degree in International Relations from American University Washington DC’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.

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The online Master of Arts in International Relations is specifically designed to provide students with a foundation in advanced international relations topics, as well as a specialization in an interdisciplinary professional field. Concentrations include Global Security, US Foreign Policy & National Security, International Development, International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, and Social Enterprise. The program can be completed in 12–24 months. A bachelor's degree is required; but GRE/GMAT scores are not.

Through the online Master of Arts in International Relations program from American University Washington DC , students study the key principles and perspectives underlying the field of international relations. The curriculum helps students sharpen their analytical skills with regard to cross-cultural communication and foreign policy and cultivate the economic, statistical, and decision-making skills that are crucial to succeed in this sector.

Students will graduate with the framework to analyze and communicate international issues and evaluate the effectiveness of international programs and policy.

Students can customize their course work by selecting from of a variety of concentrations, including global security, international development, and U.S. foreign policy. They will also be required to participate in at least one residency experience held on the School of International Service (SIS) campus in Washington, D.C., and have the opportunity to participate in optional study abroad trips that include locations around the world. They will finish the program with a capstone project that incorporates skills gained throughout their courses.

Graduates of the School of International Service have been hired for leadership roles at top organizations, including: 

Think Tanks and Research Centers 

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 
  • Congressional Research Service 
  • Council on Foreign Relations 

Defense, Intelligence, and Security 

  • CIA 
  • U.S. Department of Defense 
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Human Rights and International Development 

  • Amnesty International 
  • Human Rights Campaign 
  • FHI 360
  • World Bank 

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy 

  • U.S. Department of Energy 
  • U.S. Department of State 
  • U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Studies: History, Theory, Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Global Governance
  • International Economics
  • Introduction to Economic Theory
  • Quantitative Methods: Research Design & Statistical Analysis
  • Planning, Forecasting and Decision Making
  • Project Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DM&E)
  • International Relations Capstone

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

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36 alternative credits

36 - 39



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree is required; but GRE/GMAT scores are not.


  • Your résumé/CV allows the admissions committee to review your background and previous experiences.

Statement of Purpose


  • All applicants to the School of International Service’s (SIS) graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by the date of anticipated enrollment. 

Letters of Recommendation

  • All applicants to SIS graduate programs are required to submit two letters of recommendation.

MAIR Economics Preparation

  • It is highly recommended that you have previous microeconomics and macroeconomics course work prior to enrolling in the program. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    71892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1997 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    71892 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1997 USD per credit during 12 months.


  • Merit scholarships are awarded by the academic departments. 
The Financial Aid Office does not administer these awards. 
  • Complete your FAFSA online. 
Be sure to list the American University (AU) FAFSA code, 001434, in the college release section. 
  • Awarding Timeline
Continuing students will receive their notification letters via the student portal in late June after spring grades have been received and reviewed. 
  • Additional Forms
You may be asked to download and complete a Verification Worksheet or other documentation as needed to complete your aid application. 
  • Loan Eligibility
Graduate students are ineligible for the Subsidized Stafford Loan as well as any federal or institutional grant funding. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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