School of International Service American University

School of International Service American University

Washington, DC
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
31 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


American University, School of International Service (SIS)

American University is a premier global university in Washington D.C. with students hailing from 146 countries. American University's School of International Service (SIS) is a community comprised of leading scholars, practitioners, and students from around the world. Providing a unique environment for learning and professional development, the School of International Service features a faculty that focuses on interactive learning and involves students in ongoing research projects. The School of International Service offers opportunities to publish work, give professional presentations, or just share ideas and interests with other members of the school.

Students at SIS have the opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of professional, intellectual, and cultural resources in Washington, D.C. Advisers from American University's Career Center work specifically with SIS students to find internships that strengthen academic experiences and help with job placement. Seminars, luncheons, and lectures discussing current issues of international affairs abound in Washington, D.C., allowing American University students to bridge theory with practice and forge networks of peers and practitioners in their field.

American University's multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizes the operative word in the school's name: service. This overriding belief remains American University's goal to educate graduates of a special type--individuals whose personal and societal principles offer the promise of success in the rigorous conditions of an increasingly interconnected and complex world.

School of International Service Faculty

Over 100 full-time faculty are directly appointed to SIS. The diversity of SIS and American University faculty members exemplifies the multidisciplinary and cross-cultural aspects of international relations. The faculty is diverse in both academic disciplines and professional experience, in the United States and abroad.

Also, American University, located in Washington, D.C, regularly appoints adjunct and visiting professors and benefits from their expertise. As a center of public dialogue, SIS brings in leading experts from around the world to address emerging issues in international affairs.

School of International Service master's and PhD Programs

SIS' distinctive master's and PhD programs are as follows:

- MA in Comparative and Regional Studies (Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia and Central Eurasia, the Americas, Islamic Studies)

- MA in International Economic Relations

- MA in Global Governance, Politics, and Security

- MA in United States Foreign Policy and National Security

- MA in International Communication

- MA in International Development

- MS in Development Management

- MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

- MA in Global Environmental Policy

- MA in Comparative and International Disability Policy

- MA in Social Enterprise

- PhD in International Relations

School of International Service Joint and Dual Degree Programs

SIS' unique joint and dual degree programs are as follows:

- MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (with the UN-affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica)

- AU/Ritsumeikan University, Japan, Dual Masters Degree

- AU/Korea University, Korea, Dual Masters Degree

- AU/Sookmyung Women¿s University, Korea, Dual Masters Degree

- JD/MA International Affairs (with AU's Washington College of Law)

- MA/MBA (with AU's Kogod School of Business)

- MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution/MA in Teaching Secondary Education (with AU's School of Education)

- MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution/Master of Theological Studies (with Wesley Seminary)

- MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (with AU¿s Department of Philosophy and Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences)

- MA in International Economics (with AU¿s Department of Economics)

- MA in International Media (with AU's School of Communication)

The School of International Service offers a one-year executive master's degree program, the Master of International Service, especially designed for those with at least 7-9 years of professional experience. There are also graduate certificate programs that offer an opportunity for advanced professional development.

SIS certificate programs are as follows:

- Cross-Cultural Communication

- Intl Economic Relations

- Intl Arts Management

- Peacebuilding

- Global Information Technology

- The Americas

- European Studies

- Global Environmental Policy

- International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies

School of International Service Study Abroad

SIS is a leader in the field of graduate study abroad, offering a wide variety of study abroad experiences that cater to the diverse needs and interests of the students. Study abroad programs include dual degree, semester exchange, and summer programs in locations worldwide. Over 40% of the graduate student body chooses to study abroad while in the program. For more information, visit

Dual degree programs allow students to earn two master's degrees by spending a year studying at a partner institution. Semester abroad programs provide opportunities for students to specialize in a particular regional or functional area related to their SIS degree program. Summer programs offer an intensive hands-on experience for seminars and internships abroad under the guidance of SIS faculty.

In addition, the school supports students whose interests and needs fall outside the parameters of organized programs by providing direction and resources for independent study projects abroad.

Regardless of the program type, SIS students are found taking classes, interning, and conducting research and practicum in places such as South Africa, Costa Rica, Honduras, Belgium, China, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Ecuador, Israel and Palestine and many more.

American University Campus, Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. has become an important global business and financial center, with a myriad of associations and trade organizations. Some 192 foreign embassies, chanceries, and the headquarters of many international organizations are located in the city.

The National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, World Bank, National Archives, Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Library of Congress are all just a short drive or subway ride from the School of International Service.

There is also a host of research and internship sites related to each School of International Services program, including the Office of the European Union Commission, the Organization of American States, TransAfrica Forum, and Asia Society. Many more major public and private organizations have Washington offices.

Location & Contact

School of International Service

American University

SIS Building, Room 100 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071
United States

Dr. James Goldgeier


Phone: 202-885-1603
Fax: 202-885-2494

Jia Jiang

Associate Director, Graduate Education Enrollment

Phone: 202-885-1689
Fax: 202-885-1109

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • United States Foreign Policy Certificate
    • Global Environmental Policy Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • The Americas Certificate
    • International Communication Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Cross-Cultural Communication Certificate
    • Comparative And Regional Studies Certificate
    • Global Information Technology Certificate
    • International Politics Certificate
    • International Development Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Peacebuilding Certificate
    • International Economic Policy Certificate
    • International Economic Relations Certificate
    • International Peace And Conflict Resolution Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • European Studies Certificate
    • International Relations Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA)
    • International Affairs Master of Arts (MA) [U.S. foreign policy]
      Master of Arts (MA) [comparative and international disability policy]
      Master of Arts (MA) [comparative and regional studies]
      Master of Arts (MA) [international economic relations]
      Master of Arts (MA) [international politics]
      Master of Arts (MA) [natural resources and sustainable development]
    • International Media Master of Arts (MA)
    • Ethics, Peace, And Global Affairs Master of Arts (MA)
    • Social Enterprise Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Service Master of International Service (MIS)
    • Development Management Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 426
    • Doctoral Degrees 9
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 6
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


69% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,991
    • Accepted 1,392
    • Acceptance Rate 69
    • Enrolled 365
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st September 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, transcripts, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, transcripts, resume, and 3 letters of recommendation, statement of purpose
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students988
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students988
    • Part-time Percentage45%
    • Full-time Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian52%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown22%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty171
    • Full-time Percentage65%
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Female Percentage41%
    • Male Percentage59%