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American University — School of International Service

Program Type:
Master's International
School of International Service
Degrees Awarded:
International Affairs (MA)
Admissions Deadlines:

January 15 (Fall), October 1 (Spring). Applications received after the deadline may be reviewed at the discretion of the School but will not be considered for fellowships/scholarships.

Admissions Cycle:

Fall and Spring

Program Start:
Fall (August); Spring (January)
Program Founded:
September, 2010


Prior to embarking on their Peace Corps assignments, Master's International program participants will be part of a unique community at the School of International Service that encourages active citizenship and combines academic theory with practical skills including monitoring and evaluation, dialogue techniques, program development, public policy analysis, social assessment and cross cultural communication. Participants can also take advantage of the School's Washington, DC location to build professional affiliations.

The School will waive a portion of tuition and fees for the research component or independent study (equivalent to the cost of up to 6 academic credits).

Candidates completing the Master's International program will enter the job market with the advantage of both excellent academic credentials and significant work experience abroad.


A founding member of the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), the School of International Service (SIS) is one of the six schools and colleges at American University. SIS was founded in 1957 at the suggestion of then President Dwight Eisenhower to train women and men to "wage peace". Now the largest standalone school of international relations in the US, SIS is ranked 8th among graduate programs by Foreign Policy magazine.

The School of International Service is the largest and most-applied-to school of international affairs in the United States. In 2009, American University was ranked #3 for the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers among medium-size colleges and universities.

The Master's International program allows participants to prepare for and undertake Peace Corps assignments while earning their master's degree at American University's School of International Service.

Candidates will apply separately to the Peace Corps and SIS to be accepted into the program. Successful participants will begin Peace Corps training and service after they have completed their core academic requirements which should take approximately one year.


Admission to the master's program at SIS requires students to:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (the average GPA of incoming students is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale);
  • Have completed at least 24 hours of social science course work relevant to international studies;
  • Submit official transcripts (with translation if applicable) from each institution of higher learning previously attended;
  • Submit a resume;
  • Submit a statement of purpose;
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from an academic source) evaluating undergraduate academic performance and suitability for graduate study in international affairs;
  • Submit results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).


For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Stephen W. Angelsmith
Director of Peace Corps Programs

SIS Graduate Admissions
School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016-8071
(202) 885-1652
(202) 885-1109