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Isabella A. Greene, SIS/MA '21
The CRS program is giving me the tools I need to be a diplomat.
I chose the CRS program because of its academic rigor and the supportive community of faculty and staff. I have the flexibility to study the Asia Pacific region and explore my interests in Sub-Saharan Africa through a foreign policy and national security lens. Between my courses and mentorship from faculty, I will be prepared to join the US Foreign Service in 2021.
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
The Comparative and Regional Studies degree prepares policy professionals for a variety of careers. CRS graduates find positions in national, state, and local governments; they enter the private sector as consultants and executives in think tanks, transnational corporations, and international banks; and they join nonprofit organizations and NGOs.
CRS alumni consistently report that the program provided them with the knowledge and expertise to be conversant across regional and thematic disciplines—a quality that makes them well-suited for management positions where they must be able to engage with exceptionally diverse populations and stakeholders.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
SIS is piloting Global CRS Europe beginning with entry in the Fall 2020 semester. Global CRS provides students interested in Europe with an immersive experience to deepen regional expertise. Students study abroad at Sciences Po or Graduate Institute of Geneva during their second semester followed immediately by a professional internship in Brussels during the summer. The first semester and full second year are completed at the School of International Service in DC.
If you are interested in an intense focus on European affairs and would like to be part of Global CRS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. SIS also has partnerships with a number of organizations like the Peace Corps and Pickering Fellowship that provide qualified individuals with funding.
In addition to being considered for regular merit-based aid, applicants to Global CRS will be eligible to receive the Dean's Award for European Studies, which is designed to help offset travel and living expenses for their trip abroad.
Comparative and Regional Studies students may choose to research other relevant fellowship opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.