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American University Master of International Service (MIS) online

The executive MIS program from American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is designed for experienced international affairs professionals.

About the program

  • Complete in 12–16 months: If you have extensive professional experience in a foreign country, you may be eligible to pursue an accelerated one-year track.
  • Study abroad: You can take advantage of optional travel opportunities, including internships, semesters abroad, summer courses, and practicum experiences.
  • Join the SIS alumni network: Once you graduate, you’ll become part of a powerful community of nearly 25,000 global professionals.

About American University’s School of International Service 

Based in Washington, D.C., American University’s School of International Service (SIS) sits at the nexus of national security, foreign policy, and American political life. Its renowned faculty — political scientists, historians, economists, sociologists — publish transformational research and empower learners to become global leaders and advocates for peace. SIS is a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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The executive Master of International Service (MIS) program prepares experienced professionals with the analytical skills and leadership abilities to direct high-level strategic initiatives. You can choose from a range of international affairs concentrations:

  • Global Security: Uncover ways to prevent, mitigate, and manage conflicts globally as you investigate the dynamics of war, peace, and security.
  • International Development: Discover how politics, economics, sustainability, and healthcare impact development in communities and nations across the globe.
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution: Examine the causes of international conflict, and apply strategic negotiation tactics that can help resolve global disputes.
  • United States Foreign Policy and National Security: Explore the historical, political, and economic underpinnings of strategic policy formulation and execution.
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American University’s SIS seeks applicants who are committed to building a better world through policy, innovation, and service. The MIS program is designed for professionals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least seven years of experience in international affairs.

Scholarships are available to qualified applicants admitted to and enrolled in the upcoming cohort.

To apply to the program, you will need to submit an online application and include the following:

  • Current résumé or CV 

  • Statement of purpose

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where the applicant received more than 15 credits

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • $55 application fee (waivers available)



Learners in the online MIS program participate in an extended weekend immersion on the American University campus in Washington, D.C. You’ll have the opportunity to network with fellow professionals and faculty in person, and spend time in the nation’s capital — the hub of public policy.

During immersions, you’ll participate in seminars, networking events, and site visits at organizations that are central to government, foreign relations, politics, development, and national security. You’ll earn course credit while building hands-on skills in areas such as multinational negotiation and policy briefing.

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