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AU’s Inaugural IROnline MA Cohort Launched

By J. Paul Johnson

American University's School of International Services inaugural online master's program begins on May 6 with student from around the world and U.S.

Today, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) launched its inaugural International Relations Online program cohort, a first-of-its-kind online Master of Arts in International Relations degree. In December 2012, American University’s SIS announced that it would be the first top-ten ranked school of international relations to offer a graduate degree fully online. The program was created as a flexible option for high achieving mid-career professionals as well as for those interested in beginning a career in international relations from anywhere in the world.

The university welcomes a group of professionals based in five countries -- Afghanistan, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Qatar, Saudi Arabia -- and in six states --California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia -- with experience in various sectors including financial, development, defense, and public health. From around the U.S. and the world, the cohort will meet and interact with one another and SIS faculty in weekly live classes online while completing rigorous assignments and asynchronous work between live sessions.

“We're excited to support and work with this impressive group of students as they help us blaze a trail in delivering international relations education online,” says SIS Dean James Goldgeier. “SIS prepares more graduates for careers in international relations than any other school in the country, and this program allows us to train a new cohort that for career or personal reasons cannot attend our on campus programs.”

Enrolled students select a focus of study in either Sustainable International Development or Global Security and Conflict Resolution. An intensive in-person immersion on AU's campus in Washington, D.C. will allow students to take advantage of SIS's deep connections in the diplomatic and policy communities. SIS has more than 15,000 alumni worldwide, working across private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

For more information about International Relations Online, please visit or call 1-855-306-AUIR.