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Online Executive Track

The Master of International Service program is unique in the flexibility it affords professionals to earn an executive-focused graduate degree from one of the top 10 international affairs schools in the world. The new MIS Executive Track Online is designed for students with at least seven to nine years of professional experience to broaden their knowledge, enhance their intellectual development, expand their professional effectiveness, and strengthen their international leadership skills and knowledge from anywhere in the world.

As a true executive program, we place significant emphasis on decision-making, strategic communication, leading multicultural workforces, and change and crisis management. 

Additionally, we offer possible concentrations in:

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By combining the flexibility of online learning with the same quality and rigor of our renowned on-campus program, the MIS Executive Track Online provides students with professional live, interactive virtual classes with a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 15:1, and self-paced, multimedia coursework designed by SIS faculty and available 24/7. 

Additionally, based on students' internationally gained professional experience, they are able to apply for advanced standing of up to two courses, reducing the total credits required from 30 to 24.

The application deadlines for the MIS Executive Track Online are


Class Starts
Priority Deadline
Application Deadline

August 7, 2017

May 15, 2017
June 12, 2017

September 4, 2017

June 12, 2017
July 10, 2017

January 8, 2018

October 16, 2017 November 13, 2017

May 7, 2018

February 12, 2018
March 12, 2018

In accordance with employer priorities, the MIS Executive Track Online emphasizes intellectual and practical skills, including knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills. Learn More.

The Proseminar in International Affairs is designed especially for Master of International Service (MIS) degree candidates. It provides a graduate-level introduction to the fundamental theories, concepts, and controversies in the contemporary study of international affairs. The course establishes a foundation for advanced study and understanding of international relations, global governance, and communication, and builds a bridge between theory and practice in today's world. It emphasizes the ability to think about international relations from a variety of theoretical and conceptual perspectives and understand the resulting implications for policy making. 

SISG-775 Executive Leadership is a required course for Master of International Service degree candidates. In an interactive class, students will discuss decision-making, ethical leadership, strategic communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence, leading multi-cultural workforces, and change and crisis management. They will have an opportunity to gain insight on their leadership strengths, challenges that may be impeding their effectiveness, and ways of creating leadership impact.*The MIS Executive Leadership course is a hybrid course: The coursework for this class will be divided between dedicated time during an On-Campus Immersion, and once-a-week online classes during the semester. Usually offered in fall and summer. Additional fees may incur.

Quantitative Methods provides students with an introduction to research design and research methods, with a particular focus on quantitative measurement, statistical analysis, and computer use for international relations research. More specifically, this course aims to teach students how to design and execute independent, original, and quantitatively oriented research on topics relevant to the study and practice of international relations.

Planning, Forecasting and Decision Making introduces students to a range of planning and forecasting techniques used in the defense and foreign policy communities. Fog and friction define not just war, but policy in general. The future is uncertain and subject to unanticipated changes. To meet these challenges, professionals require techniques to visualize alternative futures and make plans to maximize opportunities and minimize likely risks.

Project Design, Monitoring & Evaluation (DM&E) introduces the six phases of a project cycle, and is designed to build and/or strengthen an individual's knowledge, methods, and skills to (1) design a development, governance, or post-conflict project for a specific population, and (2) develop a project monitoring and evaluation plan for (a) ensuring project efficiency and (b) measuring project effectiveness. Tools learned and practiced include: Problem/Objectives Analysis; Theories of Change;Needs Assessments; Logical Frameworks; Indicator Protocol Sheets;Data Collection Toolkits; Means of Verification; and Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Report (MERL) Plan.

The executive-focused course Understanding Global Economics and Markets provides an understanding of the main economic forces which have driven the globalization process. It covers the fundamental facts, main lessons of experience, and leading principles of micro- and macroeconomics and the financial markets without recourse to unnecessary jargon, mathematics, or statistics. Topics include the role of markets and prices; the economics of businesses; features of labor markets; elements of financial and non-financial investments; essentials of money and banking; the economics of government finances; the principles behind international trade, finance, and income disparities; and the workings of the foreign exchange, stock, bond, and other financial markets.

Introduction to Economic Theory provides an introduction to fundamental principles of modern economic theory, including the major analytical tools of price and income theory. Students in the course will also learn foundational concepts of both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

And the course in International Economics will ask the questions: How do countries exchange wealth in a world with hundreds of currencies? How do we know whether one country is richer or poorer than another? Why do countries trade? What are the effects of trade? International Economics provides students with the tools and insights that economists have developed over the years to answer these and many other questions about trade and monetary relations among open economies. It also explores the range of policy choices and the impact of those choices on people, countries, and the global economy.

During their final semester, students will complete a Capstone Experience designed to bridge theory and practice. Students may choose to complete either a substantial research paper or participate in a client-based, team practicum project.