Leading through service

What does the world need most? Security experts who know that understanding conflict is a step on the path to peace. Environmentalists fluent where biodiversity meets policy. Communicators who acknowledge the need to be diplomats and diplomats who grasp the necessity to be effective communicators. Economists interested in the consequences of trade. Leaders who believe that violence is neither necessary nor inevitable. Scholars who connect knowledge with practice. Practitioners across disciplines who understand that service isn’t a moment – it’s a mindset.

At the School of International Service, we believe that the world needs leaders ready to serve.

Service is the foundation on which our school is built, and represents the best of what we aspire to be. Through the transformational research and teaching of our renowned faculty, SIS prepares our students for global careers in government, non-profits, and business.

We are a top 10 school of international affairs, strategically based in Washington, DC. Since our founding in 1957, we have answered President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s call to prepare students of international affairs to “wage peace.” Over the intervening years, SIS has grown in stature and influence and is now a destination for students seeking to think critically, build understanding, and wage peace in our world.

Diversity & Inclusion

SIS understands its position as a top 10 school of international affairs as an opportunity to prepare a more diverse next generation of leaders in the field that is well-equipped to see differences as a pathway to greater creativity and capacity.

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The SIS graduate school advantage

17 students, average graduate class size

90 percent of graduate-level classes offered after 5:30 p.m., on weekends, or online

Discover your future with AU

Six months after graduation,

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad School, or Both

Top Employers
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Frequently Asked Questions

When you should apply depends on what program interests you, what semester you want to start taking classes, and whether you are a domestic or international student.

Admissions Deadlines

Fall Semester

December 15
January 15
April 1
Graduate Certificate
June 1
June 15
Executive Master's
March 15

Spring Semester

Master's (international)
September 15
Master's (domestic)
October 1
October 15
Graduate Certificate
November 1
Executive Master's
October 1
November 1

Summer Semester

March 1

Required application materials


Tuition is assessed on a per-credit basis. During academic year 2019-2020, the cost is $1,759 per credit hour for full-time and part-time students enrolled in standard master's programs. Other student fees are required. Graduate tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis.

More about current tuition and fees

If you're in the DC area, we hope you'll come visit us on campus for an Open House or information session. You can learn more about the school, hear about our programs, and sit in on a one-on-one or small group information session. During the academic year, we also offer class visits and opportunities to meet current students and faculty in your program of interest.

On-campus visits and events

Outside of DC? No problem. SIS holds dozens of online and in-person events, graduate fairs, and receptions for prospective students around the US and the world.

Online and in-person SIS recruiting events

Please check back regularly if you don't see a location and date that works for you, as more events will be added throughout the fall.

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