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SIS Programs: Dual Degree Options

Dual-Degree Programs at American University 

JD/MA (with the Washington College of Law) Fall and Spring 
Students in the JD/MA International Affairs dual degree program select a concentration in consultation with the director of the program. Students must complete the JD application with the Washington College of Law (WCL) and a separate one-page application with the School of International Service (SIS). Click here to read the application requirements and procedures for incoming and current JDs

LLM/MIS (with the Washington College of Law) Fall and Spring 
This unique program offers students and mid-career professionals the ability to complete both an LLM and MIS degree on a two year accelerated track. Designated for those interested in careers in law and international relations, this degree provides students with both the knowledge and resources to succeed in today’s global environment. Learn more.

Application process: Students apply independently to both programs, and follow the traditional application requirements. Applicants may request that application materials be forwarded to the other admissions office by writing a formal email to sisgrad@american.edu. SIS waives the admissions deposit fee for students who have already paid an admissions deposit fee to WCL.

MAT/MA (with the College of Arts and Sciences) Fall and Spring 
SIS and the School of Education in the College of Arts and Sciences offer students the opportunity receive an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and an MA in Teaching in Secondary Education as well as preparation to earn their teacher's certification in three years of study. Learn more.

Application process: Students apply independently to both programs, and follow the traditional application requirements. Applicants may request that application materials be forwarded to the other admissions office by writing a formal email to sisgrad@american.edu.

MBA/MA (with the Kogod School of Business) Fall and Spring 
SIS and the Kogod School of Business jointly offer a program for students to earn a master's degree in international affairs combined with a master's degree in business administration. The program is specifically designed not only to fill the need for global market professionals but also to take advantage of classroom experiences that contribute to both degree fields. Learn more.
Note: Can be combined with any SIS degree except Social Enterprise.

Application process: Students apply independently to both programs, and follow the traditional application requirements. Applicants may request that application materials be forwarded to the other admissions office by writing a formal email to sisgrad@american.edu. SIS waives the admissions deposit fee for students who have already paid an admissions deposit fee to the Kogod School of Business and current MBA students.

MTS/MA (with Wesley Theological Seminary) Fall and Spring 
SIS and Wesley Theological Seminary offer a dual master's degree in which graduates receive both the Master of Theological Studies from Wesley and either the MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution or the MA in International Development from SIS. Learn more.

Application process: Students apply independently to both programs, and follow the traditional application requirements. Applicants may request that application materials be forwarded to the other admissions office by writing a formal email to sisgrad@american.edu.

Dual-Degree Programs (International) 

AU/Korea University (Korea) Fall and Spring 
The Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Korea University (KU) offers one of the leading international relations programs in Korea and Asia. Its curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary studies as part of the school’s commitment to multi-cultural awareness and promoting international interaction. KU, through the GSIS, has joined AU and SIS to offer a Dual Master’s Degree Program (DMDP) through which students can take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered at both schools. Study with the top experts in your field and gain a new perspective on international relations from the Korean Peninsula. Learn more.

AU/Ritsumeikan University (Japan) Fall and Spring 
The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) at Ritsumeikan University (RU) has partnered with SIS to offer an innovative Dual Masters Degree Program (DMDP) for students who want to take an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to their research and education. This DMDP, started over fifteen years ago, is the first of its kind between a Japanese and an American university. DMDP students gain cross-cultural competency while earning two Master’s degrees in international relations. Learn more.

AU/University for Peace (Costa Rica) 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.

General Requirements

Applications to SIS consist of the following elements (click for more details). Please see the program descriptions to the left for specific requirements for applying to your program of interest. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found in our online FAQ.

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