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MS in International Relations and Business

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At a Glance

The skills-based MS in International Relations and Business curriculum is designed to promote an advanced understanding of how the global economy, policy environment, and business strategy function collectively.

36 Credits
Study at Your Own Pace

Through weekly online class sessions and coursework, students explore how international commerce and cultural differences factor into business decisions within the global economy. 

18 Months
We Accept Full and Part-Time Students

Earn your degree—and advance your career—on your terms. Full-time students graduate in 18 months or 24 months part-time.

Global Immersion
In a Global Business Hub

Online learning is supplemented with an in-person immersion experience in a global business hub and a culminating capstone project.

Why get an MS in International Relations and Business at Kogod?

Global Immersion Experience

Students gain global exposure during an in-person immersion experience in an international business hub. The immersion allows students to witness global business in action and learn about multinational corporations. Immersion themes and site visits vary by location.

During the immersion, students:
  • Collaborate with classmates on group projects.
  • Visit businesses and organizations.
  • Explore the culture of the host city.

Connections in the Nation's Policy Hub

MS in International Relations and Business students benefit from the flexibility of an online program while still being able to take advantage of American University’s location in Washington, DC—home to some of the world’s most prominent international organizations.

After graduation, students join the extensive alumni network from both the Kogod School of Business and the School of International Service. Our dedicated career services team helps connect students with local and global organizations as well as with alumni who work at top organizations worldwide.

Our Approach to Learning: Practice Makes Perfect

Throughout the online program, students will have the opportunity to gain real-life experience working for a DC-based company that aligns with their career goals. Working virtually as pro-bono consultants, students develop close relationships with local companies to help them grow and adapt to changing markets while building key skills that will give them a leg up in the job market.

This past spring and summer, six groups of students—from first-year undergraduates to second-year MBA students—worked alongside six growing small businesses in the DC area through the Kogod in Practice initiative to help these companies solve real business problems. Learn more about their experience in the initiative and how they produced results for their clients in our article here.

Career-Advancing International Business Skills

The online master’s in international relations and business program is designed to provide professionals in business, foreign policy, and nonprofit fields with practical business strategies to help their organizations make effective multinational decisions and navigate the global economy. Those with a business background will learn to apply skills with an understanding of international cultures and contexts. In contrast, international affairs professionals will learn to approach issues from a business perspective.

MBA vs. Ms In International Relations and Business

Master's in Business Administration

If you are looking to enhance your understanding of business and take your career to the next level, then a Master's in Business Administration is the perfect choice for you. This degree program will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of management principles, strategic planning, financial analysis, accounting practices, leadership techniques, marketing strategies, and operational processes. Whether you are looking to climb the corporate ladder, start your own business, or pursue a career in consulting, this degree will equip you with the skills and expertise you need to succeed in today's competitive business world. With a Master's in Business Administration, you will be well-prepared to tackle the challenges of the modern business environment and to achieve your professional and personal goals.

Master's in International Relations and Business

By pursuing a Master's in International Relations and Business, students can gain a unique perspective on how to apply their business skills to a global context. This program is ideal for those who want to expand their career opportunities beyond their home country and work on a global scale. Students will learn about the intricacies of international trade, diplomacy, and the global economy. They will also develop a deep understanding of cultural differences and how they affect business practices. With this knowledge, graduates will be well-equipped to work on international assignments, negotiate with foreign partners, and even influence global policy. The program's emphasis on international relations and business will give students a competitive edge and prepare them for a successful career in the global marketplace.

Kogod has a profound purpose of making its students masters in real-world experience."

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Program Highlights

A collaboration between two AU Schools

Designed in partnership between the top-ranked School of International Service and the AACSB-accredited Kogod School of Business, the MS in International Relations and Business program features a curriculum that focuses on the intersection of business, foreign policy, and international affairs.

Kogod students at a table

Capstone Project

Not only will you benefit from online learning, but you'll also have the chance to experience a global business hub in person and complete a capstone project that ties everything together.

Library of Congress

Washington, DC

By studying in the nation's capital, you will have access to invaluable networking and professional opportunities. Whether you're interested in large corporations, government agencies, or the nonprofit world, DC offers a wealth of possibilities for your career.

Class Profile
International Students
US Minorities*
1.7 Years
Average Work Experience
Average Age
Average GPA

*Black = Black or African American; Hispanic = Hispanic/American or Latino; AIAN = American Indian or Alaska Native; NHPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

Careers & Skills

Using the skills learned in the program, students graduate ready to effectively lead teams from all over the world and manage across cultures, languages, and geopolitical challenges to make a global impact. 

Graduates of the program can work:

  • Business Policy
  • Consulting
  • Foreign Commercial Service
  • Foreign Commercial Policy
  • Nonprofits
  • Government
  • Management

You'll have mastered an impressive skillset:

  • Intercultural communication
  • International economic organizations
  • Global markets
  • International negotiation
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business strategy

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