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Master of Arts in International Relations

Program Details

International Relations Online delivers master’s degree programs from the American University School of International Service (SIS) in an innovative, online format. These online degree programs allow working professionals from all over the world to share ideas, develop valuable relationships with other aspiring global service leaders, and build a foundational understanding of international relations principles that are directly applicable to their career. 

SIS is ranked among the top-10 schools of international affairs in the world by Foreign Policy magazine, and the reach of International Relations Online extends all over the globe. Students have attended live online classes from more than 15 different time zones, and coursework is available 24/7 from any Internet-enabled device.

Students align their studies with their unique career goals by specializing in a chosen concentration:

·       Global Security
·       International Development
·       International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
·       United States Foreign Policy and National Security


The traditional MAIR degree program is designed for aspiring leaders in the field of international relations. The program helps students develop the intercultural skills to analyze conflicts that involve people of different cultures; to understand the process of intercultural communication; and to appreciate how culturally determined values, beliefs, and worldviews shape behavior at all levels. Applicants with seven or more years of professional experience are eligible to apply for a GRE waiver.  A bachelors degree is required. Current resume/CV. Two letters of recommendation. Statement of purpose.

A required week long online immersions are hosted biannually on the American University campus in Washington, D.C.

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education