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Executive Admissions

The Master of International Service offers a unique degree of flexibility to students, while offering the opportunity to earn an executive degree from one of the top ten international affairs schools in the country. Students will be able to benefit from the wealth of courses offered at the School of International Service and enroll in those courses that further their existing career or help them start a new one, complementing their personal and professional interests.

Academic graduate advisors help students to build their own concentration in the Master of International Service program and assure it is coherent and strong, while augmenting students’ preexisting knowledge and building new expertise and skills that matches their interests and needs.

To name but a few, the School of International Service offers concentrations in the fields of:

The majority of classes at the School of International Service are scheduled later in the day to make it possible for students to combine academic studies with full-time employment.

Additionally, based on their previous internationally gained professional experience students are able to apply for advanced academic standing of up to six credits upon application to the program.

Moreover, the MIS program provides practical opportunities for students to apply their knowledge themselves: The School of International Service is happy to facilitate internship opportunities in your field of interest, offers the popular practicum series that conveys real world experience in project management and consulting, provides professional development workshops in skills institutes, and entertains a number of summer abroad programs.


The Master of International Service offers a robust academic education specifically tailored to the knowledge and skills that are directly applicable to students’ professional lives. With the help of our graduate advisors students will be able to build their own concentration that assists them in reaching their professional goals, while taking full advantage of a coherent and strong graduate education.

In accordance with employer priorities, the Master of International Service program emphasizes intellectual and practical skills, including knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills.

The Master of International Service program offers two cohort-exclusive courses - Proseminar I and Proseminar II - that provide an introduction to modern international affairs and present a platform to apply the conceptual knowledge gained throughout the program. These courses are complemented by training in formal social science research methodology and economics.

Core Course

SIS-686 Proseminar in International Affairs I provides an overview of the new developments in international affairs. The course serves as an introduction for professionals to the current state of the art in international relations theory, and connects theory and practice at the executive level in international affairs. It also conveys lessons and skills in executive leadership, such as situational, transformative, and team leadership skills, as well as knowledge on cognitive, psychodynamic, and persuasive approaches, and the importance of culture and ethics in leadership. Usually offered every fall.


Capstone Options

SIS-687 Proseminar in International Affairs II is based on several short-term simulations, which are intended to demonstrate and illustrate the practice of international relations. Students will be required to implement the theories, lessons, and skills they have learned during the program in several multi-party issue-related simulations. Speaking to the different interests students have and the different concentrations they have followed throughout the program, the simulations cover different topics in international affairs, such as conflict and security, climate and environment, business and economy, and development, as well as different regions. Usually offered every spring.

SIS-793 Practicum in International Affairs is designed to give second-year master’s students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers. Students work in teams with expert clients including U.S. and international government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to conduct policy and program analysis. Students draw on their substantial research, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills, to prepare final oral and written analysis and recommendations.

SIS-795 Substantial Research Paper refers to a research or policy paper based on independent research. The scope and topic of the paper vary by concentration and program.

Research Methodology Options

SIS-600 Statistics, Research Design, and Research Methods for International Affairs offers an introduction to research design and research methods with particular focus on quantitative measurement, statistical analysis, and computer use for international relations research. Usually offered every term.

SIS-750 Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs covers methods used in the field of international affairs, including policy analysis, program evaluation, qualitative methods, and advanced quantitative methods. Topics vary by section and may be repeated for credit with different topic. Usually offered every term.

SIS-612 Qualitative Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Resolution introduces a range of qualitative methods for social science research, especially for students in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs who are planning research for substantial research paper (SRP) or thesis projects. Topics include developing a research question, performing a literature review, and selecting an appropriate methodology. Methods covered include interviewing, focus groups, case studies, participant observation, content analysis, and action research. Issues discussed include human subjects protocols, negotiating access, and the ethics of working with war-affected populations. Usually offered every fall.

Economics Options

ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory is an introduction to the major analytical tools of micro and macro economics, including models of employment, inflation, economic growth and development, international trade, the derivation of supply and demand, the operation of firms under perfect and imperfect competition, and the role of government in society. Usually offered every term.

SIS-616 International Economics examines comparative advantage and neo-classical trade theory, contemporary trade theories, balance of payments, accounting, exchange rates, and open economy macroeconomic and economic development. Usually offered every term.


How to Apply

Online Program

The executive track of the MIS degree can also be completed online. Learn more at ironline.com.