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MA Professional Experience Requirement

NRSD, EPGA and IM students do not follow these requirements.


The School of International Service requires that MA students demonstrate relevant and substantive professional experience. Students may certify this experience in one of three ways:

  1. through current or previous employment
  2. through previous internship experience*
  3. by completing a for-credit or no-credit internship while enrolled in MA program


Students fulfilling the professional experience requirement via options 1 or 2 above must fill out the MA Professional Experience Certification Form, obtain a supervisor’s signature, and return it to the SIS Graduate Advising office–either in person or via email at SISgradadvising@american.edu.

Students fulfilling the professional experience requirement via option 3 must register a for-credit or no-credit internship during their MA program. Students may register this internship during any semester but must meet all relevant registration deadlines (see University Academic Calendar). Additionally, internships must be registered in the semester in which they are being completed. For internship registration instructions and forms, please visit the Internship Registration page.

*Students who completed a for-credit internship at AU prior to Fall 2012 are considered to have fulfilled the professional experience requirement. No further paperwork is required