School of International Service

School of International Service

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (14)
Business & Management (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-10 school of international affairs located in Washington, D.C. It has been founded in 1957.


Our world-renowned faculty — leading political scientists, economists, sociologists, anthropologists, demographers, geographers, historians, and experts in international development, global health, communications, energy, and the environment — produce transformational research and prepare more than 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students for global careers in government, nonprofits, and business. 


SIS Research supports our faculty in promoting their scholarly efforts with the goal of maximizing its impact and visibility. We are the advocates for SIS faculty as they pursue grant and fellowship funding, promote their exceptional publications--whether in high-impact journals or a new book-- and disseminate their research to targeted audiences, such as policymakers, peer institutions, non-profits, and international organizations.


The SIS career development team offers a comprehensive set of career tools and resources to help students and alumni set and achieve professional goals.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

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Library services

The American University Library plays a vital role in connecting students, faculty, and scholars across the academy with information, ideas, and each other. While we continue to support traditional modes of scholarship through our print collections, primary source material, and research consultations, we increasingly support emerging trends in learning and scholarship.

ICT services

The university provides a wide range of computing resources and support services. There are more than 20 computer laboratories at AU with approximately 700 computers available. American University Library's main facility, Bender Library, also has numerous computers for research.  

Medical services

The SHC’s LGBT Health Initiative addresses the special health care needs of LGBT students, and provides health services for LGBT students requesting:

  • General medical care from a member of the LGBT community (or from a LGBT-positive clinician).
  • Immunizations against diseases particularly prevalent in the LGBT population.

Student Life

Campus life

Campus Life is located on the 4th floor of the Butler Pavilion and is made up of 15 departments, dedicated to supporting students as they explore, connect and grow. We strive to create a campus that fosters student learning, development, and success. 

Sports facilities

Recreational Sports and Fitness - Facilites

  • Jacobs Fitness Center
  • Cassell Fitness Center
  • Congressional Fitness Center
  • Hours of Operation
  • Reeves Aquatic Center
  • Bender Arena
  • Outdoor Facilities

Student clubs

American University Club Council is a recognized, chartered student governance organization that is directly funded by both the undergraduate and graduate Student Activity fee and is dedicated to building stronger clubs at American University by supporting them with all the resources and expertise at our disposal. 

Fraterrnity and Sorority Life

Our organizations are founded to aid in the host institution's academic mission and to help develop students in these core principles.  


American University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools The School of International Service is a founding member of the Association of Professional Schools of Intrnational Affairs (APSIA). 

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