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MASTER OF ARTS IN ECONOMICS

Master of Arts in Economics

The online MA in Economics, Applied Economics specialization offers students real-world analysis from today’s most relevant scholars, think tanks, and international organizations – online, anytime. In as little as 19 months, students can earn the credentials needed to make pivotal economic decisions locally, nationally or globally. As one of the only MA in Economics offered online, our robust curriculum includes a capstone experience to help prepare you for a career in a variety of settings. Learn more about the MA in Economics.

Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR)

Master of Arts in International Relations

The innovative, online Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) degree from American University's School of International Service is part of the International Relations Online program. The MAIR degree offers students a strong foundation in the field of international relations as well as the chance to gain specialized expertise through concentrations in Global Security, International Development, International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and US Foreign Policy and National Security. Learn more at IRonline.american.edu. You can also explore the course listing.

Social Enterprise Master’s Program

Master of Arts in Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise Master’s program from American University’s top-ranked School of International Service teaches the principles of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and socially responsible business practices. The online Social Enterprise Master’s program combines courses in management and social change to give students the skills and knowledge to successfully launch or thrive within enterprises that advance a social mission.

Special Education: Learning Disabilities

Master of Arts in Special Education: Learning Disabilities

The graduate program in Special Education: Learning Disabilities at American University is grounded in the philosophy that all individuals can access, participate, and progress in education. Faculty and students examine models that support and encourage developmental and learning needs of students with a variety of learning challenges. The program prepares education professionals to design and implement creative learning environments for students through training in diagnostic-prescriptive approaches, and use of evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence. Our online MA in Special Education: Learning Disabilities meets the needs of working professionals and distance learners to advance their expertise in a completely online environment.

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Master of Arts in Strategic Communication

Yes, we teach professional skills at AU School of Communication. But even more important is that we teach our students how to think. We teach them to think strategically. We teach how to target an audience, how to create a compelling message, how to write persuasively, how to advocate in a changing world of new media and cutting edge technology. Learn more about the MA in Strategic Communication.

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Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

The online MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program is designed specifically for students interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in secondary schools, universities, and private language schools outside of the United States. The program provides state-of-the-art online theoretical instruction and extensive hands-on experience in teaching EFL. Learn more about the MA in TEFL.

Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary and Secondary Education

Master of Arts in Teaching: Elementary and Secondary

Undertaking graduate study in teacher education allows for students to examine the significant role of teachers in the shaping of individuals, communities, and society as a whole. The teacher education faculty are committed to advancing the potential of education for each individual and dedicated to advancing a theorized practice that prepares professionals to care for the whole child. The faculty members engage in creative and innovative teaching, rigorous research, and professional service with a goal to engage our students in the important work of teaching the next generation. Democracy itself is grounded in an educated citizenry, and teachers have the huge responsibility to ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive a quality education. Graduates of our MAT programs are equipped to accommodate learner needs, to nurture the strengths and talents of those they serve, and to provide leadership in classrooms, schools and in the policy arena. Our online Master of Arts in Teaching program meets the needs of working professionals and distance learners to advance their expertise.

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

The Kogod School of Business Online MBA degree offers students full access to our community and resources, while allowing them to take classes anywhere in the world. Our curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for a career in any area of business by building a strong foundation across multiple disciplines. Learn more at onlinebusiness.american.edu.

Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership

Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership

The Master of Education (MEd) in Education Policy and Leadership provides teachers and other professionals with the knowledge and skills to transform schools and school systems. The Policy Studies track prepares teachers and other professional to serve as leaders in organizations - including federal and state education agencies, school districts, and nonprofits - that implement education policies and programs. In addition to leadership, policy, legal, economic, and research skills, the track emphasizes the data analysis and performance management skills needed to administer education programs and policies. Our online MEd in education policy and leadership meets the needs of working professionals and distance learners to advance their expertise and provides access to many Education Policy resources in the Washington, DC area.


Master of International Service

The Master of International Service (MIS) is an accelerated executive degree track designed for professionals with nine or more years of experience in the field of international affairs or international service. This executive program helps students broaden their knowledge, enhance their intellectual development, expand their professional effectiveness, and strengthen their international leadership skills and knowledge. As part of the International Relations Online program from American University's School of International Service, the online MIS degree features live, interactive virtual classes, self-paced multimedia coursework, and a required in-person Immersion in Washington, DC. Learn more at IRonline.american.edu.

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Master of Public Administration and Policy

Our Master of Public Administration and Policy degree arms you with the skills and knowledge needed to master the interdependency between public administration, policy and the critical role both play in modern governance. The online MPAP program will help you gain the ability to seamlessly and successfully navigate government’s numerous stakeholders. Learn more about the MPAP program.

Master of Science in Agile Project Management

Master of Science in Agile Project Management

This 36-credit-hour online program focuses on teaching students the innovative Agile methodology for managing projects and leading teams more effectively in today's fast-moving business environment. Designed for mid-career professionals pursuing new or advanced positions in any field.

Master of Science in Analytics

Master of Science in Analytics

The Kogod School of Business Online MS Analytics degree program offers students flexibility while providing a solid foundation in data analysis and business practices. The interdisciplinary approach produces well-rounded graduates ready to meet challenges with data driven decision making. Learn more at onlinebusiness.american.edu.


Master of Science in Healthcare Management

The online Master of Science in Healthcare Management gives students the advanced knowledge and training in healthcare administration and operations. This program connects analytical and leadership skills, preparing graduates to meet the challenges of the complex and rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Graduates will be ready to pursue careers in traditional and nontraditional health settings and industries. To further ensure the curriculum is current and relevant, a council of professionals on the cutting edge of the healthcare sciences provided advice on competencies, standards and industry trends to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and applicable to the workplace.

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Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management

The online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management will equip graduates with the skills needed to take an analytical approach to increasing organizational effectiveness using human resource information technologies. A council of professionals in the field of human resources advised on competencies, standards and industry trends to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and applicable to the workplace.

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

The online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics focuses on the application and adaptation of analytic methodologies to manage learning, instructional design, and talent development projects that will enhance an organization’s effectiveness and fulfill compliance requirements. These skills can also be applied to higher education or a range of fields in the public and private sectors.

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Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation

Students in the online MS in Measurement and Evaluation program will gain a universal framework for collecting, analyzing and using data to determine project effectiveness and efficiency. They will graduate with the leadership and practical assessment skills needed to evaluate projects in the corporate, nonprofit and governmental spheres. The online program is taught by professionals with over 20 years of experience who remain active in the field and an advisory council comprised of leading practitioners in planning and evaluation has provided input on competencies, standards and industry trends.

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Master of Science in Nutrition Education

The online MS in Nutrition Education gives students the advanced knowledge and skills to help positively affect the lives of others through nutritional awareness, community programs and ongoing education. Graduates obtain advanced credentials to help secure a position in a variety of settings, including health care and education. This program affords the opportunity to apply for certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialist with additional science coursework and field experience. Learn more about the MS in Nutrition Education.

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Master of Science in Sports Analytics & Management

The Master of Sports Analytics & Management prepares students with the analytical skills to measure the impact that technology is having in sports. Graduates will be equipped with skills and industry expertise to pursue roles in new and emerging areas of sports including performance data analytics, interactive spectatorship, mobile technology, fantasy sports, e-sports gaming and virtual reality. To further ensure the curriculum is current and relevant, a council of sports industry professionals provided advice on the field-specific knowledge and skillsets that graduates of current sports management programs are lacking, leading to this program’s focus on sports analytics and the strategic management of sports enterprises that are evolving in response to technology and innovation.

Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management

Online Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management

Build the essential skills to lead the development of innovative solutions as an Agile project manager with an Online Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management. This 12-credit certificate program, designed with input from leading IT and project management professionals, consists of courses focused on adaptive project management, Agile methodologies, information technologies, and DevOps.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

Increase your skills to manage and evaluate the new challenges and opportunities in a complex healthcare field with an Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management. In as little as 6-8 months, gain critical industry knowledge through four courses focused on the evaluation of healthcare delivery methods, processes, and technology innovation.

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management

Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management

Drive wellness programs, create benefit portals, and engage employees at a higher rate with new skills in emergent HR technologies and analytics. The Online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management prepares you to answer the critical question today’s HR professionals face — how to increase organizational effectiveness using the latest HR technologies. This 6-8 month program includes courses focused on human resource information systems, evaluating hiring and employee performance metrics, emerging trends in HR, and risk reduction strategies.

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

Online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

Today’s organizations are investing in learning, instructional design, and talent development projects to enhance their effectiveness and fulfill compliance requirements. The 12-credit Online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics builds the foundational skills you need to manage these programs by applying and adapting proven analytic methodologies to improve learning. Courses focus on instructional design principles and practice, adult learning theory, learning analytics, and assessment and evaluation.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring & Evaluation

Now more than ever, organizations seek more accountability for the funds they provide to development projects. Expand your monitoring and evaluation skillset quickly with an online Graduate Certificate in Project Management & Evaluation. In 6-8 months, gain critical knowledge through four courses focused on principles of evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and evaluation approaches & designs.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Sports Analytics and Management

Use analytics and new technologies to evaluate next generation opportunities in sports with an Online Graduate Certificate in Sports Analytics and Management. In 6-8 months, gain critical knowledge through four courses focused on the strategic management of sports organizations, sports analytics and evaluation, and digital technology influencing the sports industry.