The MAGG-SIS Pathways Program is an exceptional educational experience that allows students access to world-class programs and faculty at both institutions. The program allows students to combine the interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the study of Global Governance with additional academic training in applied international affairs through the Master of International Studies-International Studies Track (MIS-IST). Students will create a concentration of their choice, tailored to their professional goals in subjects such as Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights; Global Environmental Policy; International Development; International Economic Relations; and Global Governance, Politics, and Security. For more information, please see: https://www.american.edu/sis/mis/degree-options.cfm

Students who participate in the UW MAGG-AU SIS pathways program get the best that both programs have to offer and receive degrees from prestigious and internationally recognized institutions. Current graduate students in the MAGG or graduate students who have graduated from the MAGG within three years of their requested date of admission may apply to AU’s Master of International Service degree program through the International Studies Track offered on campus in Washington, DC and online, which was designed by AU to provide students and alumni from partner institutions the opportunity to complete an additional Masters degree at AU within one academic year.

For specific questions about the MAGG program, please consult the MAGG’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

UW students decide whether they wish to do the program after they have been admitted to the MAGG. The admissions requirements for the MAGG are the following:

  • Honours Degree in Political Science, Economics, History or a related field (including international, environmental or global studies undergraduate degrees) with an overall average of at least 78% in the final 20 courses.
  • Successful completion of at least one introductory course in economics at the university level before commencing the program.

For information about admissions at SIS, please see: https://www.american.edu/sis/sisabroad/international-students.cfm

UW students or recent UW graduates apply directly to the School of International Service. For more information about admissions and applications at AU, please see: https://www.american.edu/sis/sisabroad/international-students.cfm

That’s no problem. Students who are admitted to the MAGG have the option of applying to the pathways program while they are enrolled in the MAGG or up to three years after they have graduated.

Students who do the program will complete the MAGG in its entirety. Students who have completed the MAGG will be granted up to 12 credits of advanced standing based on their course work at UW. While at AU, they will be required to complete only 18 credits in residence to earn the MIS International Track Degree. What this means is that UW students and recent graduates will be able to complete a two-year AU degree in one year.

Yes. All students who are enrolled in the MAGG participate in the Graduate Fellowship program.

Yes. Students who participate in the pathways program are still required to complete an internship when they are enrolled in the MAGG.

Students typically pay the appropriate domestic or international fees to the institution in which they are resident. Tuition rates vary at UW and AU from year to year. For information about tuition rates at UW, please consult the Finance Student Accounts website. For information about tuition rates at AU, please consult the Tuition and Fees page of the AU Student Accounts website.

At UW, most students admitted to the program receive some form of financial assistance, and are eligible for a variety of scholarships. For a list of internal and external awards, consult the Scholarships page of the BSIA website.

At AU, University of Waterloo students receive a 20% tuition reduction and a waiver of the $750 per semester SIS Master’s Program Fee.

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