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IR Online Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) Online Program and the Master of International Service (MIS) Online Program each has a specific curriculum and different requirements. This page provides details about both degrees and their respective requirements so you can determine which degree is most suitable based on your professional and academic qualifications and goals.

Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) Online

The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) online degree offers students a strong foundation in the field of international relations as well as the chance to gain specialized expertise through applied concentrations. A multidisciplinary approach exposes students to a rigorous curriculum taught by an outstanding faculty. Through state-of-the art technology, MAIR classes are delivered on an engaging online learning platform to students located around the globe, and combines highly-produced, self-paced content designed by AU faculty with live virtual class sessions. 

The MA in International Relations Online requires 39 credit hours of coursework. Students who have previously completed approved macroeconomics and microeconomics coursework may be eligible to waive the SISG-773 Introduction to Economic Theory course (3 cr.), bringing their total number of required credit hours down from 39 to 36.

See the MAIR Advising Worksheet here

Components specific to Master of International Relations (MAIR):

  • On-campus Immersion and Skills Institutes 

Visit this page for a sample course of study, or read about various course offerings here. Note that some courses are not offered every semester.

Master of International Service (MIS) Online

The condensed 30-credit Master of International Service (MIS) Online program is designed exclusively for students with at least nine years of professional experience in the field of international relations. A multidisciplinary approach exposes students to a rigorous curriculum taught by an outstanding faculty. The Master of International Service (MIS) online requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Students can waive up to 6 credits of the program by achieving Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing can be gained through substantial professional experience or prior relevant academic coursework. In the case that a student achieves Advanced Placement, his/her total number of required credit hours may be reduced from 30 to 24.

See the MIS Advising Worksheet here

Required components:

Components specific to Master of International Service (MIS) Executive Degree:

Visit this page for a sample course of study, or read about various course offerings here. Note that some courses are not offered every semester.