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Online International Relations and Business Program Overview

Students learn how to drive successful business strategy across borders.

Develop an advanced understanding of the intersection of business, foreign policy, and international affairs.

AU’s online Master of Science in International Relations and Business program is preparing the next generation of leaders to navigate complex international business environments across borders and cultures. As a student in our online program, you will master an array of key business skills, develop an understanding of corporate responsibility and public policy on a global scale, and gain the skills you need to achieve global influence.

The business and international relations degree is offered through a joint program developed by Kogod School of Business and the School of International Service (SIS)—ranked the No. 8 international relations school worldwide by Foreign Policy magazine in 2018.[1]

Gain career-advancing international business skills. Through our program’s flexible online format, you can continue working while you earn your degree. Graduate ready to effectively lead teams from all over the world and manage across cultures, languages, and geopolitical challenges.

We bring the AU campus to you, no matter where you live. Everything you need to succeed and interact with the AU community is one click away through our digital campus. This includes live online classes and weekly self-paced course work—all designed and led by the same faculty who teach on campus.

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Students collaborate face-to-face on our immersive digital campus.

Gain the comprehensive knowledge needed to drive successful business strategy across borders.

The skills-based MS in International Relations and Business curriculum is designed to promote an advanced understanding of how the global economy, policy environment, and business strategy function collectively. Through weekly online class sessions and self-paced course work, you will explore how international commerce and cultural differences factor into business decisions within the global economy.

The 36-credit program can be completed on a full-time or part-time schedule in as few as 18 months and includes core courses and elective courses in topics including financial accounting, financial management, and global economics. Online learning is supplemented with a hands-on immersion in a global business hub and a culminating capstone project.

During the global immersion experience, you will participate in a variety of learning experiences designed to build on the program curriculum and help you develop practical and interpersonal career skills. Grow your network and collaborate with other professionals as you expand cultural understanding and make invaluable global connections.

Explore the curriculum and business and international relations course descriptions.


American University's Kogod School of Business seeks candidates who strive to become global business leaders.

To apply to earn your master’s in international relations and business online at AU, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. GMAT and GRE scores are not required. The program has four start dates throughout the year: January, April, July, and October. Applications are accepted and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

To complete your application, you must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE/GMAT scores (optional)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (for international applicants)

Review the MS in International Relations and Business application requirements.

Military Education Benefits

Military members and veterans make invaluable connections through AU’s Washington, DC, community.

American University is a proud participant in programs that provide benefits to military members and veterans.

American University’s Kogod School of Business is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families. Our online programs were ranked the No. 7 online business programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report in 2021.[2]  Military-connected students are able to apply their VA education benefits when they enroll, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Tuition Assistance (TA), and the Yellow Ribbon Program for those who qualify.

As an online international relations and business master’s student, you can earn your degree no matter where you live or are stationed—and translate your military experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities across a variety of industries and organizations.

Applicants who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive their application fee.

Find out how to apply for military education benefits.

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Learn to make business decisions with a global impact.

Join our online master’s program to advance your career with a deep understanding of international relations and international business.

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[1] The Best International Relations Schools in the World (2018). Foreign Policy magazine. Retrieved November 2020 from

[2] Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) (2021). U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved January 2021 from