Dual Master in IR&D / International Service

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A dual Master's program with American University (Washington, DC)

In partnership with American University (AU) in Washington, D.C., the American Graduate School in Paris offers a dual program option allowing you to earn two US-accredited Master’s degrees over the course of three years:

  • A Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS in Paris, France

  • A Master of International Service in the International Studies Track (MIS-IST) at American University in Washington, DC, USA, (either on-campus or online)

Paris and Washington, D.C. being two of the world’s most important political capitals, both offering invaluable resources and networking opportunities, this dual program provides the ideal combination for the study of international affairs.

Organization of the dual program

The first two years of this dual program are spent in Paris, at AGS, completing the requirements for the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy.

The third year is spent completing the MIS-IST program at American University's School of International Service (SIS), either on campus, in Washington, D.C. or online.

Through the partnership between the two institutions, AU accepts up to 12 credits based on previous coursework at AGS to count toward its 30-credit degree requirement, so that you only have to complete an additional 18 credits in residence at AU in order to obtain AU’s MIS degree after successfully completing AGS’s degree.

Overview of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy at AGS

The curriculum of the M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy teaches the cornerstone theories that explain interactions between countries, and also examines current world affairs through the various lenses of international relations: political, diplomatic, economic, environmental, cultural, and social. A range of area electives supplements this global approach allowing each student to gear the program towards his or her field of interest and professional goals.

Courses take place at AGS in Paris. They are taught in English and follow the American system of higher education while taking advantage of the school’s location in France, with guest speakers and visits to embassies, international organizations headquartered in Paris and European Union institutions.

Small seminar-style classrooms allow for close dialogue with professors and offer a forum for debate. The students and faculty in the program come from diverse national backgrounds, each adding a different perspective to the subjects taught.

See the full program description

Overview of the Master of International Service at AU

The International Studies track of the Master of International Service program offered through AU's School of International Service is designed specifically to complement your preexisting graduate studies at AGS, while allowing you take full advantage of AU’s specific expertise in International Service.

The curriculum enables you to build your own concentration based on your professional goals. Possible concentrations include:

  • Foreign and Security Policy

  • Regional Studies

  • Peace and Conflict Resolution

  • International Negotiation

  • Communication

  • International Development

See the full program description on American University's website

Career prospects

The knowledge and skills acquired during this two-fold program can be applied to a vast array of fields in local or national government, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). They are also transferrable to international business and other professional areas involving interaction at the international level.


More information on the partnership between AGS and AU

Who’s eligible and how to apply

Tuition and fees

Photo credit: Photo taken by AU Photographer Jeff Watts


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