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SIS Programs: Master's Degrees

Master's Degrees 

MS in Development Management Fall and Spring 
Designed to train individuals with prior experience working in developing countries, the MS in Development Management combines skills from development, business, and public management for those specifically interested in the management of development programs and activities and organizational and institutional development. The capstone of the program is an applied special practicum involving a planned, managed, and monitored field activity in a developing community or organization. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs Fall and Spring 
Offered jointly with the Department of Philosophy and Religion at AU, this interdisciplinary degree offers an ethical response to contemporary global problems. Students gain theoretical and skills-based training in peace and conflict resolution and do substantial work in philosophy and social policy to acquire a solid framework for the increasingly compelling and relevant questions of ethics and peace. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA

MA in Global Environmental Policy Fall and Spring 
The MA program in Global Environmental Policy places students in the heart of environmental politics and policy in Washington, D.C. Through core seminar courses, electives, internships, a substantial research project and a myriad of public events, students learn about and engage with the forces that shape global and international environmental behavior. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies Fall and Spring 
The Comparative and Regional Studies (CRS) program bridges comparative analysis and regional specializations. Whereas comparative reasoning focuses on uniformities and variation among cases, examining a specific region grounds knowledge and provides insight. Melding these two approaches, CRS offers an innovative program of study. Students choose from the following regional concentrations: Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, and Islamic Studies. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Affairs: International Economics Fall and Spring 
Offered jointly with the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, he International Economics program offers a rigorous combination of theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented courses in economics, political economy, and policymaking focused on international trade and finance. It prepares students to analyze the most important issues in today’s global economy, including the macro- and microeconomic causes and consequences of trade and financial liberalization, exchange rate fluctuations, and capital-markets integration. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Affairs: International Economic Relations Fall and Spring 
International Economic Relations provides students with the range of skills needed to understand international economic and financial problems in today's complex global environment. What distinguishes the program is its focus on international trade and financial issues using analytical tools from economics, political science, and law. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security (formerly International Politics) Fall and Spring 
The International Politics program at SIS provides students with a range of skills needed to understand some of the critical issues of our time relating to international security, global governance, human rights, and transnational crime and corruption. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: JD/MA, MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Affairs: Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Fall and Spring 
The MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development is a dual-degree program in which students study at and receive degrees from both AU and the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. This two-year program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for managing eco-development issues in a global context and provides them with opportunities to establish ties that bridge the North-South divide. Learn more.

MA in International Affairs: United States Foreign Policy and National Security Fall and Spring 
The United States Foreign Policy (USFP) program presents a rigorous course of study that combines considerable programmatic flexibility with the benefits of specialization in a concentration selected by the student. USFP faculty teach courses on defense policy, intelligence, the formulation and implementation of foreign policy, and the social, political, economic, strategic, and historical underpinnings of United States foreign policy. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Communication Fall and Spring 
The International Communication program in SIS is the first of its kind in the United States and continues to be an innovative leader in the interdisciplinary study of culture, communication, technology, and international affairs. The program's approach provides students with specialized knowledge and professional skills indispensable for success in the concentrations of Public and Cultural Diplomacy; Intercultural Relations (including cultural and educational exchanges); Global Social Media, Technology, and Policy; and Global Health Communication. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Development Fall and Spring 
The MA in International Development provides a multidisciplinary understanding of and skills to assess international development issues and policies, enabling students to select from and focus on a wide variety of current, professionally-oriented concentrations. Learn more. 

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, MTS/MA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Media Fall and Spring 
Offered in conjunction with the School of Communication at AU, the International Media program combines a unique blend of communication theory, research methods, and professional production skills. Through this interdisciplinary approach, students acquire professional research skills, a broad knowledge of global economic and political issues, and a deeper understanding of how media work, especially in an international environment. Learn more.

MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution Fall and Spring 
International Peace and Conflict Resolution is a program concerned with understanding the causes of war and organized violence, developing strategies for resolving conflict, and constructing conditions for peace. Peace, in this context, encompasses social justice and human rights, political pluralism, cultural diversity, ecological balance, and nonviolent conflict resolution and transformation. Learn more.

Dual-Degree Options: MA/MBA, MAT/MA, MTS/MA, AU/KU, AU/RU, AU/SWU

MA in International Relations: Online Fall and Spring 
Students now have the option to pursue a Master of Arts in International Relations online. With the same rigorous standards as SIS on-campus programs, International Relations Online delivers a top-tier graduate education to students across the globe. International Relations Online features a blend of live, online classes and self-paced coursework, as well as hands-on research and immersion experiences. The program’s curriculum also offers concentrations in Sustainable International Development and Security Conflict and Resolution. Learn more.

MA in Social Enterprise Fall and Spring 
The Social Enterprise program is designed to assist you in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to launch a new social entrepreneurial venture or play a key leadership role in an existing one. The program’s curriculum blends learning about both hard and soft management practices with an examination of the dynamics of social innovation. Based in the School of International Service, it gives special attention to enterprises dealing with issues that are global in scope. Learn more.

Special Application Notes: GMAT or GRE accepted for admission. Social Enterprise applicants are required to submit a supplement in addition to the Statement of Purpose.

Spring Admission to Social Enterprise: Students starting in the spring use that semester to meet non-core course requirements and begin concentration courses. Students admitted to the program who start in the spring semester will join the cohort entering that fall and take the cohort-based sequential core and coaching courses with them over the next 3-4 semesters.

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Master's International


Peace Corps

The School of International Service participates in the Master's International Program, integrating graduate study at SIS and United States Peace Corps service into a single program.

The MI program is open to all students who have been admitted to a master’s degree program in SIS and who are also admitted to the Peace Corps. MI students begin their first year of graduate coursework at SIS. After receiving a Peace Corps placement, students travel to their respective sites and begin training. Learn more.

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