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Apply to SIS: Deadlines

Following these deadlines, applications are reviewed on a space-available basis until the close of each cycle. PhD applications must be complete and received by our office by or on December 15.

PhD in International Relations

Fall Admission
December 15
Spring Admission

Executive MIS Degree

Fall Admission
July 1 (international applicants)
July 30 (domestic applicants)
Spring Admission
November 1

Master's Degrees

Fall Admission
January 15
Spring Admission
September 15 (international applicants)
October 1 (domestic applicants)

Please note: International Relations Online follows a different admissions timetable.

Please note: the following programs only accept applications for Fall admission:

  • Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

Graduate Certificate Programs

Fall Admission
June 1
Spring Admission
November 1

BA/MA Program (Current AU Students)*

Summer/Fall Admission
March 1
Fall Admission
June 15
Spring Admission
November 15

*Students may apply for the BA/MA in the semester following the completion of their 75th academic credit.


Visit SIS in Washington, DC

Come to the nation's capital to visit American University and the School of International Service. In addition to meeting with an admissions specialist, we offer a variety of events on campus including Open Houses and classroom visits. Learn more and RSVP here.

Why SIS?

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