University of Melbourne & American University Double Degree Program

The University of Melbourne (UOM), through the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS), has a double degree with the American University in Washington D.C, through its School of International Service.

Students from both institutions can undertake an additional year of study at the partner institution and be awarded the degrees from both; a Master of International Relations from The University of Melbourne and a Master of International Service from American University.

This unique dual degree program allows students to access world-leading researchers, academics, and opportunities at premier institutions in both countries. Study would be undertaken on campus in Melbourne and Washington D.C, allowing students a unique opportunity to live and study in two world class cities, surrounded by end decision makers.

GSHSS welcomes enquires from prospective, current and graduate University of Melbourne students, as well as those currently studying at American University.

University of Melbourne Students

  • Entry requirements

    Recent alumni or current Master of International Relation students in their last year of study must meet the following requirements to apply to American University:

    • WAM of at least 75% (minimum GPA 3.3/4)
    • Non-native English speakers are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT) or 600 on the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Applicants should plan to take the TOEFL prior to the end of the semester before enrolment, to ensure full consideration of the application for the following semester
    • Certification of finances

    Further information is available via the American University website.

    *Students in their last year of study will be subject to a pre-admission decision given based on academic standing at the time of application, definitive admission will be conditional on the successful completion of all the GSHSS degree requirements.

  • Degree requirements

    To successfully pass the Master of International Service, University of Melbourne students must complete:

    • 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, including 18 credit hours in residence. Students may receive up to 12 credit hours of advanced standing for credits earned at the University of Melbourne if they meet the requirements for the MIS.
    • Capstone experience: demonstration of critical thinking, research and writing skills through completion of a master's thesis, substantial research paper requirement, or practicum. All courses taken to fulfil this requirement must be passed with a grade of B or higher
  • Course requirements

    Economics (3 credit hours*)

    Complete one course from the following:

    Social Science Research Methodology (3 credit hours*)

    Complete one course from the following:

    Concentration (15 credit hours)

    • 9-15 credit hours of graduate coursework from an approved concentration
    • Total credits dependent on total required economics and methodology credits

    Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

    Choose one of the following:

    *if not previously acquired through approved courses at UoM

  • Application timeline

    Students who undertake the double degree will be awarded the Master of International Service (MIS) after two semesters studying at AU.

    1. University of Melbourne students apply for the American University MIS program at the beginning* of the last 50 points of their MIR degree OR if a recent alumni, at the beginning of a UoM semester (February or July)
    2. Students still completing the last 50 points of their MIR degree will be given a conditional offer midway through the semester
    3. Students accepted into American University upon confirmation of final results (~June or November)
    4. Students apply for a USA study visa
    5. Students commence at American University at the beginning of the following next semester and study for an academic year (Jan or August)
    6. Student completes a one-year Master of International Service - International Studies Track (MIS) and must graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3/4.
    7. At the end of the program, students will have two master degrees; Master of International Relations from The University of Melbourne and Master of International Service from American University

    * The beginning of a student’s final 50 credit points will depend upon whether the student commenced their degree in Semester 1 or 2 (February or July).

    † The University of Melbourne is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. The content of websites available by link from Melbourne Global Mobility's web pages is outside the University's control and the University makes no representation as to the accuracy or currency of that information. The fact that Melbourne Global Mobility offers a link to an external site does not mean that the University endorses the content of that site, any person or company or viewpoint of an organisation.

    American University Academic calendar

    The University of Melbourne academic calendar

  • Fees

    UoM students pay standard American University fees upfront and are entitled to a 20% fee reduction as part of this partnership. Students are also required to pay additional fees (inc. sports centre fee, technology fee, and Metro U-Pass fee). Further information on fees are supplied in the cost guide and welcome email from AU.

    Students are expected to pay for all individual costs and expenses while studying including but not limited to travel, accommodation and meals, travel insurance, passport and visa costs, textbooks and course materials, incidentals, and all other debts incurred during the program.

    Students are unable to access HECS, FEE-HELP or OS-HELP for the MIS degree at American University. Alternative funding options may be available.

    Further information on fees can be found at the American University website.

American University Students

  • Entry requirements

    To apply to The University of Melbourne Master of International Relations, recent alumni^ or graduates of the Master of International Service in their last year of study must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum GPA of 3.01/4 or Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70%*
    • Non-native English speakers are required to submit English language test results as part of their application. Approved test and pass marks can be found on the Future Students Graduate English requirements web page. Applicants should plan to take language tests prior to the end of the semester before enrolment, to ensure full consideration of the application for the following semester

    *Students in their last year of study will be subject to a pre-admission decision given based on academic standing at the time of application, definitive admission will be conditional on the successful completion of all the GSHSS degree requirements.^

    ^For the purposes of this partnership, recent alumni are defined as those individuals that have graduated within the last three years.

  • Degree requirements

    Students can choose to complete the 100-point, one-year degree through coursework, or with an internship. An average subject is worth 12.5 points at UoM.

    Under both options, students will need to study Four core subjects (50 points) selected from the following:

    • Asia and the World (ASIA90008)
    • International History (HIST90024)
    • International Governance and Law (POLS90023)
    • International Political Economy (POLS90026)
    • International Relations Theory (POLS90028)

    They can then choose:

    Option One; Coursework:

    Four applicable electives (50 points)

    Option Two; Internship:

    Internship placement (25 points)

    Two applicable electives (12.5 points each)

    A full course outline and elective options can be found via the Master of International Relations (MC-IR) handbook entry.

  • Application timeline

    Students who undertake the double degree will be awarded the Master of International Relations after 2 semesters studying at UoM.

    1. American University students apply for The University of Melbourne program at the beginning of their final semester, OR if recent alumni, at the beginning of Spring Semester
    2. Students will be given a conditional offer midway through the semester
    3. Students accepted into The University of Melbourne upon confirmation of final results (~June)
    4. Students apply for an Australian Student visa*
    5. Students commence at The University of Melbourne the following semester (July) and stay for a year
    6. Students complete a 2 semester Master of International Relations, meeting all coursework hurdles, and grades of above 50%
    7. Students return to the United States, graduating with two master degrees - MIR and MIS

    * The University of Melbourne is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. The content of websites available by link from Melbourne Global Mobility's web pages is outside the University's control and the University makes no representation as to the accuracy or currency of that information. The fact that Melbourne Global Mobility offers a link to an external site does not mean that the University endorses the content of that site, any person or company or viewpoint of an organisation.

  • Fees

    American University students pay standard UoM fees. These are outlined in the program offer letter that students receive, and include a deposit when accepting their University of Melbourne offer. A full list of fees can be found on the Future Students Fees for international graduate students web page and information on US financial loan programs is also available.

    Students are expected to pay for all individual costs and expenses while studying including but not limited to travel, accommodation and meals, travel insurance, passport and visa costs, textbooks and course materials, incidentals, and all other debts incurred during the program.