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Executive Track

The Master of International Service program is unique in the flexibility it affords professionals with at least seven years of professional experience to earn an executive-focused graduate degree from one of the top 10 international affairs schools in the world. They will be able to benefit from the wealth of courses offered at the School of International Service and enroll in those courses that further their career and complement their professional interests.

As a true executive program, we place significant emphasis on decision-making, strategic communication, leading multicultural workforces, and change and crisis management. 

Additionally, we offer a wide variety of possible concentrations in fields such as:

  • Foreign and Security Policy
  • Regional Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • International Negotiation
  • Communication
  • International Development


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The majority of classes at the School of International Service are scheduled later in the day, after 5 p.m., to make it possible for students to combine academic studies with full-time employment.

Additionally, based on students' internationally gained professional experience, they are able to apply for advanced standing of up to two courses, reducing the total credits required from 30 to 24.

Moreover, the MIS Executive Track provides practical opportunities for students to apply their knowledge themselves: The School of International Service is happy to facilitate internship opportunities, offers the popular practicum series that conveys real world experience in project management and consulting, provides professional development workshops in skills institutes, and entertains a number of summer abroad programs.

The application deadlines for the MIS Executive Track are

  Fall Spring

International Students

July 1

November 1

Domestic Students

July 31

November 1

* Applicants to our fall semester may be eligible for starting their studies during the summer semesters.

In accordance with employer priorities, the MIS Executive Track emphasizes intellectual and practical skills, including knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills.

Additionally, students will be able to build their own concentration that assists them in reaching their professional goals, while taking full advantage of a coherent and strong graduate education.

SIS-686 Proseminar in International Affairs is designed especially for Master of International Service degree candidates. It provides a graduate-level introduction to the fundamental theories, concepts, and controversies in the contemporary study of international affairs. The course establishes a foundation for advanced study and understanding of international relations and builds a bridge between theory and practice in today's world. It emphasizes the ability to think about international relations from a variety of theoretical and conceptual perspectives and understand the resulting implications for policy making. Usually offered every fall.


SISG-775 Executive Leadership is a required course for Master of International Service degree candidates. In an interactive class, students will discuss decision-making, ethical leadership, strategic communication, teamwork, emotional intelligence, leading multi-cultural workforces, and change and crisis management. They will have an opportunity to gain insight on their leadership strengths, challenges that may be impeding their effectiveness, and ways of creating leadership impact. *The MIS Executive Leadership course is a hybrid course: The coursework for this class will be divided between dedicated time during an On-Campus Immersion, and once-a-week online classes during the semester. Usually offered in fall and summer. Additional fees may incur.

SIS-600 Statistics, Research Design, and Research Methods for International Affairs offers an introduction to research design and research methods with particular focus on quantitative measurement, statistical analysis, and computer use for international relations research. Usually offered every term.

SIS-750 Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs covers methods used in the field of international affairs, including policy analysis, program evaluation, qualitative methods, and advanced quantitative methods. Topics vary by section and may be repeated for credit with different topic. Usually offered every term.

SIS-612 Qualitative Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Resolution introduces a range of qualitative methods for social science research, especially for students in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs who are planning research for substantial research paper (SRP) or thesis projects. Topics include developing a research question, performing a literature review, and selecting an appropriate methodology. Methods covered include interviewing, focus groups, case studies, participant observation, content analysis, and action research. Issues discussed include human subjects protocols, negotiating access, and the ethics of working with war-affected populations. Usually offered every fall.

SISG-774 Understanding Global Economics and Markets provides an understanding of the main economic forces which have driven the globalization process. It covers the fundamental facts, main lessons of experience, and leading principles of micro- and macroeconomics and the financial markets without recourse to unnecessary jargon, mathematics, or statistics. Topics include the role of markets and prices; the economics of businesses; features of labor markets; elements of financial and non-financial investments; essentials of money and banking; the economics of government finances; the principles behind international trade, finance, and income disparities;and the workings of the foreign exchange, stock, bond, and other financial markets.

ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory is an introduction to the major analytical tools of micro and macro economics, including models of employment, inflation, economic growth and development, international trade, the derivation of supply and demand, the operation of firms under perfect and imperfect competition, and the role of government in society. Usually offered every term.

SIS-616 International Economics examines comparative advantage and neo-classical trade theory, contemporary trade theories, balance of payments, accounting, exchange rates, and open economy macroeconomic and economic development. Usually offered every term.

SIS-687 Proseminar in International Affairs II is based on several short-term simulations, which are intended to demonstrate and illustrate the practice of international relations. Students will be required to implement the theories, lessons, and skills they have learned during the program in several multi-party issue-related simulations. Speaking to the different interests students have and the different concentrations they have followed throughout the program, the simulations cover different topics in international affairs, such as conflict and security, climate and environment, business and economy, and development, as well as different regions. Usually offered every spring.

SIS-793 Practicum in International Affairs is designed to give second-year master’s students real world experience in project management and consulting while preparing them for post-graduate careers. Students work in teams with expert clients including U.S. and international government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to conduct policy and program analysis. Students draw on their substantial research, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills, to prepare final oral and written analysis and recommendations.

SIS-795 Substantial Research Paper refers to a research or policy paper based on independent research. The scope and topic of the paper vary by concentration and program.