The Master of International Service (MIS) program is unique in the flexibility it affords professionals with at least seven years of professional experience to earn an executive-focused graduate degree either on campus or online. By allowing students to build their own concentration from the wealth of courses offered at the School of International Service, they can enroll in the classes that best fit their personal and professional interests and that assist them in reaching their professional goals– whether that is to further their existing career or to help forge a new path. There are three tracks to the program, the Executive On-Campus Track, the Executive Online Track, and the International Studies Track (IST). Regardless of the mode of delivery, the core curriculum for the MIS program is the same. The School of International Service (SIS) faculty teach both on-campus and online courses, and all students work with the same MIS team.

The School of International Service (SIS) is a top ten school for international relations and enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 900 graduate students from throughout the United States and more than 150 countries. Our location allows students to take advantage of the vast wealth of professional, intellectual, educational, and cultural resources available in the nation’s capital. The city offers unique opportunities to study, conduct research, and actively engage in the ongoing work of international relations. SIS is a vibrant forum for debates and events, and frequently hosts government, NGO, and industry leaders to talk and meet with students.

American University (AU) is a private institution situated in a residential neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The University is well known for academic programs in international service, public policy and public affairs, international law and human rights. The AU student body is largely interested in global perspectives and political activism. In fact, the majority of AU students participate in study abroad, internships, and community service. AU is proud that many of our alumni serve in the Peace Corps upon graduation.




Please meet your most helpful resources on campus:

Claudia Hofmann, Program Director

Amy Newell, Academic Advisor

Shaine Melnick, Director of Career Education & Employer Relations

Feel free to reach out and make appointments at any time throughout the semester!

Learn more about the Master of International Service (MIS) Program at American University.

Claudia Hofmann, Program Director

Dr. Claudia Hofmann is the Director of the Master in International Service (MIS) program at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, and a Senior Analyst for Wikistrat Inc.

Dr. Hofmann’s research addresses the role of non-state actors in world politics, with a particular emphasis on rebels, insurgents, and organized criminal groups as a challenge to foreign and security policy. Her recent research focuses on societal resilience and the interplay between drugs and organized criminal groups and national security.

She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cologne, Germany, an M.A. in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies at the University of Kent, Belgium, and a B.A.(hons) in Politics & Government and History from the University of Kent, UK.

Visit her office hours, or reach out to her at

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Amy Newell, Academic Advisor

As your Academic Advisor, Amy assists students with course selection and registration, explains graduation requirements and academic regulations, advises on overall program of study, including integrating academic and professional goals, serves as a resource guide and University “navigator”, connects students to other campus offices, and suggests relevant faculty and opportunities.

Before joining the MIS support team, Amy has served as the Advising Assistant for the Graduate Advising office in SIS. She brings with her to her new role the many strong relationships she has already built with SIS faculty, staff, and students.

Amy holds an M.A. in International Development from the School of International Service, and a B.A. in International Political Economy and Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Make an academic advising appointment with Amy here, or reach out to her at 202-885-6522 and

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Shaine Melnick, Dir, Career Ed & Empl Rel

Shaine Melnick is a career strategist and coach with over 10 years’ experience supporting university students through all stages of career development. As Director of Career Education and Employer Relations for the School of International Service, Shaine leads the strategic direction and management of the Office of Career Development to ensure comprehensive career support for over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni pursuing careers in international affairs. In this role, Shaine also coordinates employer relations and career events for the school and coaches online graduate students and career changers through challenges related to career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, personal branding, networking, interview preparation, job search strategy, and offer negotiation.

Book a career advising appointment here

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MIS Program Overview

MIS Curriculum Overview

Your MIS Team