Mayra Cuevas, SIS/MA '21
I’m so grateful for my time at SIS.
What I really enjoyed about my program, International Affairs Policy and Analysis, was the flexibility of the degree and that I could pick my concentration. There is also a community feel within the program and the staff at AU. All of these factors convinced me to attend SIS.
This degree emphasizes career readiness. It is tailored to students seeking governmental positions across fields of international affairs from security and foreign policy to development and peacebuilding. Our degree will also be attractive to employers at international organizations like the World Bank, NATO, or the United Nations, think tanks such as Brookings or CSIS as well as the corporate, consulting sector and non-profits working in the field.
Depending on your individualized course of study, our graduates can be trained for positions as diplomats, policy and intelligence analysts, project and program managers, and applied researchers, among others.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Affairs Policy and Analysis are as follows:
- Fall semester: January 15
- Spring semester: October 1
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
International Affairs Policy and Analysis is more practical than other international affairs degrees. It is designed to meet the needs of the international affairs workplace. Employers are seeking graduates with hard skills so each student chooses a set of skills-based courses in Analytics and Methods; Policy Analysis; Leadership and Management; or Economics and Finance.
At the same time, students will learn the foundations of international affairs while retaining the flexibility to choose their specialization and build a concentration around the international and foreign policy problems they want to study.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. SIS also has partnerships with a number of organizations like the Peace Corps and Pickering Fellowship that provide qualified individuals with funding.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.
Michael Schroeder, the Assistant Dean for Masters Programs at SIS, introduced the International Affairs Policy and Analysis (IAPA) program in 2018, and has become one of the largest programs at SIS.