Choose from Five Concentrations

American University’s Master of International Affairs: International Economic Relations (IER) degree provides students with the skills needed to build a broad understanding of contemporary international economic and relevant financial problems. Students learn to think critically in examining international trade, finance, investment, development, and governance. Students with wider interests in international economic governance, international development, national economic security, and international business are ideal candidates. Students can also build on their curriculum with intensive Skills Institutes and a career-oriented Practicum.
Students can specialize in the following concentrations:
  • Economic Development
  • International Business
  • Money and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Regional

Accelerator Admission
Details (2018)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
GPA3.03.03.0
IELTS6.5, with no subscore below 5.56.0, with no subscore below 5.55.5
Available EntrySpring or FallSpring, Summer, or Fall
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Introduction to Economic Theory
  • International Affairs Statistics and Methods
  • International Economics
  • Applied Econometrics

Progression Details

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree690
Progression IntoMaster’s degree programMaster’s degree programMaster’s Accelerator Program
Progression RequirementsGPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B. GPA evaluated is based on degree classes only.GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B. GPA evaluated is based on degree classes only.Successful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course
Total credits required for degree:  39-42 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Master’s in International Affairs$20,653$29,315$8,165

Note: Pre-Sessional English Language costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/tuition for more detailed costs.

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.


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