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//MAJOR// American University - School of International Services


American University 美利堅大學 -

School of International Service 國際服務學院

2019 brochure

A founding member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), SIS is guided by more than 120 full-time faculty members who are leading economists, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and experts in international development, the environment, global health, and more.

Thoughtful and aspirational, with wide-ranging backgrounds and experience, our students take advantage of Washington's wealth of resources and professional opportunities, and our active international network of more than 20,000 alumni.

Master’s Degrees

MS in Development Management

Development Management is for those who have at least two years' prior field experience and a strong applied and practical focus.

Students will work on development projects and programs, capacity building, organization or institution building, NGO management, or monitoring and evaluation in developing countries or among disadvantaged communities abroad.

MA in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights

The purpose of this interdisciplinary program is to prepare students in the practical application of ethical theory and policy analysis so students can approach difficult ethical choices in global affairs.

MA in Global Environmental Policy

The Global Environmental Policy program helps students understand causes of environmental harm and identify ways to build a more sustainable world.

Particular areas of program focus include climate change, sustainable energy, water, food and agriculture, environment and development, peacebuilding, and urban design and sustainability.

MA in Intercultural and International Communication

This program prepares emerging global leaders to shape communication at the international, inter-organizational, and interpersonal levels. The first program of its kind in the United States, the program's faculty and alumni continue to lead the field in concentrations, including public and cultural diplomacy, international education, intercultural relations, global social media, technology and policy, and global health communication.

MA in International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies

The Comparative and Regional Studies (CRS) program prepares students to be regional experts who understand key global issues through comparative analysis across regions and countries.

MA in International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security

This program takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding relations among states and societies. In the program, students will apply global historical, political, and economic dynamics to contemporary policy problems and learn analytical techniques and professional competencies in order to make sense of data and turn rigorous analysis into policy innovation and practical action.

MA in International Affairs: International Economic Relations

This interdisciplinary program provides students with the range of skills needed to understand contemporary international economic and financial problems.

Our focus on using analytical tools from economics and political science to examine international trade, finance, investment, development, and governance distinguishes our program.

MA in International Affairs: Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

Natural Resources and Sustainable Development is a dual master’s degree in which students will receive degrees from both American University and the United Nations-affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica, where students will spend their second and third semesters.

MA in International Affairs: United States Foreign Policy and National Security

The United States Foreign Policy and National Security program presents courses on defense policy; intelligence; the formulation and implementation of foreign policy; and the social, political, economic, strategic, and historical underpinnings of U.S. foreign policy.

MA in International Development

The program's primary focus is improving opportunities for the world's poor and disenfranchised. It has one of the largest concentrations of faculty both teaching and researching international development.

MA in International Economics

This program is designed for those who have previously majored or minored in economics and wish to apply substantive economic analysis in the international spectrum.

The program offers a rigorous mix of theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented courses in economics, political economy, and policymaking focused on international trade and finance.

MA in international Peace and Conflict Resolution

This program is the premier choice for those seeking careers related to conflict and peace. We prepare graduates to be peacebuilders in a wide variety of professional settings and political contexts. The program is committed to contributing to sustainable peace by addressing root causes and overt manifestations of violent conflict.

MA in Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise program has the flexibility for students to build a master's degree around their passions. It's a way to engage with other activist students who want to use business techniques to drive social change, either by creating a new venture or leading change in an existing NGO, agency, or company.

Master of International Service (International Studies Track)

The international studies track is designed for students if they are currently enrolled or have recently completed a master's-level program in international affairs or a related field at a partner institution. Students will benefit from cross-continental academic experiences that augment their educational and personal development. Graduates from the program are conferred a dual degree from SIS and the partner institution.



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