Financing your education

At SIS, we know that the best and brightest future leaders in international affairs come from all academic, social and economic backgrounds. We understand that financing your education can be a challenge, which is why we offer financial support to eligible graduate students, both domestic and international, in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and stipends.

SIS also partners with organizations and individuals to provide unique financial assistance and opportunities for students who meet specific criteria required of each partnership. Information on subsidized federal loans is available through the Office of Financial Aid. The SIS graduate admission team is always available to applicants interested in learning more about planning for this important investment in your future.

Spotlight SIS Funding Opportunities

The following is a sample list of funding opportunities available to eligible students at the time of application.

Employer Matching Award:

Incoming students for SIS on-campus master's programs can apply to have their employer educational benefits matched by SIS for up to $5,000 each year for a maximum of two consecutive academic years. Availability and amount of support is budget-contingent for each admission cycle. Learn more about applying for SIS Employer Matching funding.

Leadership Engagement Award:

This award recognizes students and professionals who are members of, or have participated in, substantive global leadership or engagement programs aimed at promoting cross-cultural understanding, global collaboration and public service. Examples of these programs include, but are not limited to:

AIESEC
Model OAS
Model UN
World Affairs Council

For Fall 2023, up to 10 qualified recipients will be chosen to receive $20,000 of scholarship/each towards their SIS program. Contact sisgrad@american.edu for information on eligibility, or to request a program flyer and instructions for applying.

Mustafa Barzani Peace Fellowship:

This fellowship supports SIS graduate students who focus on global Kurdish studies. For Spring 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 application terms, the fellowship will offer a minimum of $30,000 towards a student's SIS master's degree tuition. Contact sisgrad@american.edu for information on eligibility, or to request a program flyer and instructions for applying.

 

Tuition and Fees

Graduate and non-degree students are charged tuition on a per credit basis. For the 2022-23 academic year, tuition is $1,866 per credit (a two-year master's program ranges from 36-42 credits). The SIS Program Fee is $750/semester (full-time students) or $500/semester (part-time students). Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis.

Tuition and Fees Details

SIS Scholarships & Assistantships

Over 90% of the incoming master’s class receive some type of scholarship or research assistantship from SIS. SIS funding decisions are made based on the strength of the application and are typically released with, or soon following, the decision for admission.

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Financial Information for International Students

International students do not need to submit additional materials in order to be considered for merit-based aid. Students are required to demonstrate the ability to cover the cost of attendance prior to enrollment.

View detailed cost guide