New executive degree is designed for professionals with nine or more years of experience in the field

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) has announced a new online executive degree track, the Master of International Service (MIS), designed for skilled professionals working in international relations fields around the world.

OnlineMIS_AUSISOffered online in partnership with 2U Inc., a leading provider of online education solutions for top-tier nonprofit colleges and universities, the executive track provides international relations professionals with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in areas that are immediately applicable to their careers without the need to relocate.

The condensed 30-credit MIS program is designed exclusively for students with at least nine years of professional experience in the field of international relations. The online program complements the school’s existing on-campus executive program and existing Master of Arts in International Relations online graduate degree program. The course curriculum builds upon fundamental theories of international relations in areas including research methods, economics, and leadership. Students have the opportunity to specialize in the following areas of study: Global Security, International Development, International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and United States Foreign Policy and National Security.

“The School of International Service’s new Master of International Service option addresses the demand from deeply experienced international relations professionals who are seeking to further their existing careers, but require the flexibility of an online program with a full range of concentrations,” said James Goldgeier, Dean of the School of International Service. “As a top-10 ranked school of international relations with demonstrated excellence in online graduate education, SIS is uniquely qualified to enhance its existing online offerings with this new track that is available to qualified students around the globe.”

Students in the online executive MIS program will complete an intensive immersion experience held on the university’s Washington, D.C. campus. The program concludes with a capstone project, taken in the student’s final semester, that blends professional skills training with an applied policy or research project bridging theory and practice.

The School of International Service is the only top-10 ranked school of international relations to currently offer a fully online graduate degree. The school’s existing program, IR Online, offered in partnership with 2U Inc., features collaborative, live classes during which students build meaningful relationships with peers and faculty in a face-to-face online setting. It also includes high-quality, interactive coursework designed by expert faculty at American University. The new online executive program now expands the school’s online offerings to experienced professionals.

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