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Master of Arts in International Relations Online

Program Length: 24 Months
Credit Hours: 36-39
Total Classes: 15
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At a Glance

American University’s Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) Online program prepares students to become leaders in an uncertain world where complex problems do not respect national boundaries.

Through the online Master of Arts in International Relations program, students learn how to think, analyze, question, understand, and act. These fundamental skills are essential in today’s world. Students develop strong foundational knowledge of the key theories and principles underlying the field of international relations, and they can choose one of four areas of concentration: Global Security, U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, International Development, and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Our students are primed for success in a variety of occupations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

The online MAIR program is 39 credit hours, but students who have previously completed approved introductory macro and microeconomics coursework will be eligible to forgo 3 credit hours and finish the program with 36. The program can be completed in as few as 24 months.

Program Objectives

In an increasingly interconnected world, American University’s International Relations Online programs allow you the opportunity to earn your master’s degree from anywhere. With our online master’s degree programs, you can build the specialized expertise, policy knowledge, and communications skill set to start creating a meaningful difference in your community and beyond.

As a student, you will enhance your expertise in international relations and foreign affairs and have opportunities to build a rich network of connections without sacrificing your responsibilities at home. GRE scores are not required to apply.

As a graduate of our program, you will join an international alumni network that is making change happen around the world.

Online Learning

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in International Relations program benefit from an innovative, online learning platform that combines live classes hosted via webcam, interactive course work, and collaborative group exercises.

The platform allows for flexibility while receiving a world-class education at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), from anywhere in the world.

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Admission Requirement
Curriculum Description
Careers and Outcomes
Student Experience

American University’s School of International Service seeks applicants for all of its online International Relations programs who are dedicated to improving the world through international relations, service, and innovation.

Applicants will need to submit the following:

International Relations Online offers a Master of International Relations degree that requires 36–39 credit hours to complete and prepares students with essential knowledge and skills for understanding international relations. Through our in-depth online learning experience, students will be introduced to topics ranging from international economics to intercultural communication—preparing young professionals to make a global impact.

Details can be found on our Program Curriculum page.

Career Advancement in International Relations

Whether your aspirations are in global security, international development, foreign policy, national security, or conflict resolution, you will graduate ready to take on positions in a range of settings—think tanks, nonprofits, consulting firms, or government agencies—and promote peace worldwide.

Global Service
Professionals in global security work toward keeping volatile or unstable nations safe from outside threat. This might include mediating conflict, tracking threats, and proposing new policies and safety measures.

USA Foreign Policy & National Security
Professionals in this field typically focus on creating and implementing foreign policy, defense, intelligence, and public diplomacy to promote national security.

International Development
Working in international development means helping to improve—and sustain—the economic development and quality of life in an area. This includes alleviating poverty and illiteracy, elevating life expectancy, and heightening Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita.

Intl’ Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
Professionals in this field work to understand, mitigate, and resolve conflict on an international level.

Learning Outcomes

Course work in the MAIR program will provide students with the following competencies:

Theory and Practice
Students will be able to demonstrate writing, presentation, and thinking skills in the analysis of international relations as well as key quantitative research methods. They will also analyze policy to evaluate the effectiveness of programs.

Research and Analysis
Students will be able to demonstrate writing, presentation, and thinking skills in the analysis of international relations as well as key quantitative research methods. They will also analyze policy to evaluate the effectiveness of programs.

Professional Intercultural Skills
Students will acquire the intercultural skills to analyze and interpret conflicts that involve people of different cultures; to understand the process of intercultural negotiation and adaptation; and to appreciate how culturally determined values, beliefs, and worldviews shape behavior at all levels.

Specialized Expertise
Students will develop proficiency in a subject area beyond foundational knowledge through in-depth study of a specialized subfield.

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We’re especially proud of our faculty—prominent scholars and real-world professionals at the top of their fields who value mentoring students as much as they value excellence in the classroom. Through their teaching, scholarly achievements and first-hand experience, you’ll gain a special entry point to international relations.

Visit our Program Faculty page to learn more about our faculty

Class Profile and Backgrounds

When you enroll in International Relations Online, you will immediately gain access to a vast network of alumni who are professionals spanning the globe. Graduates of both International Relations Online and the School of International Service have produced positive outcomes throughout the international community, and the alumni network remain active in helping students find outlets to make an impact on communities around the world.


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Military Education Benefits

American University is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

As an online student of the MA in International Relations program, you can transform your military experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities as you earn your degree, regardless of where you live or are stationed.

We support a full range of military education benefits such as:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
  • Tuition Assistance (TA)
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

Additionally, if you’ve served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years, you’re eligible for an application fee waiver. We accept transfer credits from military coursework, have a dedicated Office of Veterans Services to help connect you to benefits, and maintain an active Veterans Services Support Network.

We welcome you to learn more about our military benefits and how to apply for them.

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