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The School of International Service at American University was founded in 1957. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, presiding over the groundbreaking, charged the school with a distinct mission: "to wage peace." Since then, SIS has continued its commitment to the field of international relations and advancing human dignity around the world.
M.A.I.A. Master of Arts, International Affairs
(concentrations in Comparative and Regional Studies, International Economic Policy, International Politics, United States Foreign Policy);
M.A./G.E.P. Master of Arts, Global Environmental Policy,
M.A./IC Master of Arts, International Communication,
M.A./IPCR Master of Arts, International Peace and Conflict Resolution,
M.A./EPGA Master of Arts, Ethics Peace and Global Affairs,
M.A. Social Enterprise,
M.A./ID Master of Arts, International Development,
M.S./DM Master of Arts, Development Management,
M.I.S Master of International Service,
PhD/IR Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations
Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks
Graduate Program Overview
SIS offers both Ph.D. and Master's programs. The
Ph.D. in International Relations program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in university teaching and research. The curriculum combines core offerings in international relations theory, comparative politics and methodology with a structure that allows students considerable flexibility. Major emphasis is placed on research; in addition to the dissertation, students are
encouraged to to present conference papers, engage in collaborative work with faculty and submit articles to refereed journals. The SIS Master's program, together with the many co-curricular opportunities the School offers, provides key links between theory and practice.
The program, with its eight major fields of study, equips graduates with the competence and skills necessary for professional careers in today's increasingly complex and globalized environment. The SIS experience includes the depth necessary for intellectual and skills development and the flexibility students need to shape their studies precisely to fit their professional objectives. Each field includes theory, economics, social science research methods, and resources and opportunities for experiential learning. Further, students construct their minor field by choosing a set of courses from one of the School's fields or by designing a uniquely tailored field to meet their needs.
January 1-all PhD candidates; January 15 merit-based aid deadline for MA candidates to begin in Fall; September 15 deadline for international students to begin in Spring; October 1 deadline for domestic students to begin in Spring
The School of International Service encourages applications from students with a wide variety of backgrounds, including business, economics, engineering, foreign languages, history, international affairs, natural science, government and political science. There is no typical School of International Service student. They are committed to international careers, have some international experience, know a second language and possess a spirit of inquiry and involvement. Applications are accepted for fall and spring terms. The faculty review all components of the application carefully and select applicants whose previous academic performance will ensure success in an intensive graduate program; qualitative as well as quantitative factors are considered. SIS students are high achievers with an average college GPA of 3.5 and GRE scores of 600 verbal, 640 quantitative, and 5.1 analytical.
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