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Foreign Policy survey ranks SIS master’s program in top-10

A recent Foreign Policy magazine survey named AU’s School of International Service (SIS) a top-10 school for students seeking international relations master’s degrees. The survey, which questioned more than 1,100 faculty from U.S. colleges and universities, ranked the graduate programs at number 8. SIS’s undergraduate programs earned a spot at number 11.

“I am proud and delighted that SIS has again been ranked among the nation’s top schools of international relations,” said SIS dean Louis Goodman, who noted that all of the school’s programs have distinct strengths. The doctoral programs, he noted, have been recognized for their selectivity, while the master’s programs have drawn attention for their “focus on peaceful resolution of conflicts.”  The school’s undergraduate programs, he added, are known to provide “a fast start” for international careers.

Published as part of the article “Inside the Ivory Tower,” which explores how the teaching of international relations affects its practice, the survey listed the top-20 schools for PhD, master’s, and undergraduate programs. Of the 1,112 respondents, 19 percent ranked SIS’s master’s degree programs in the top five, while 10 percent ranked its undergraduate programs in the top five.

“The credit for this recognition,” said Goodman, “goes to the school’s alumni, students, faculty, and staff, as well as the broad support SIS receives from the entire AU community.”

Foreign Policy, which is published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,  reaches international relations professionals and scholars from more than 160 countries. The “Inside the Ivory Tower” article, featuring the new SIS rankings, is available online at



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March 6, 2007 issue