Welcome to the Graduate School at The American University of Rome

The Graduate Programs at the American University of Rome prepare students to live and work across cultures, as skilled and knowledgeable citizens of an interconnected and rapidly changing world. Taking the best of the American approach to interdisciplinary, student-centered learning, our international faculty and staff utilize collaborative research and study groups to debate and discuss critical issues. AUR’s innovative M.A. programs foster intellectual excellence, personal and professional growth, and an appreciation of cultural diversity in an international setting.

M.A. Food Studies

M.A. Peace Studies

M.A. Sustainable Cultural Heritage

M.A. Arts Management

Why choose AUR for your M.A. degree?

  • AUR is the only university offering U.S. accredited (MSCHE) M.A. programs in Foods Studies, Arts Management, Cultural Heritage and Peace Studies in Europe. AUR is also Title IV eligible and, therefore, participates in Federal Student Loan Programs.
  • The U.S. style, multidisciplinary approach to education, inspired by AUR’s liberal arts core, translates into personalized attention for all members of the graduate community.
  • The limited cohort size (16 per program), allows for hands-on mentoring by professors and Program Directors, from the classroom to the thesis, internship and career-counseling processes.
  • Faculty members hail from a wide range of research, policy and professional experience, and many are currently practicing in their field of expertise. This translates into a classroom experience that is more relevant to a student’s future career. 
  • An international student body gives AUR students the advantage of alternative points of view and further opportunities for exchange -- a truly global experience, both inside and out of the classroom. 
  • Rome is, quite literally, an excellent classroom for on-site learning. AUR’s academic resources, combined with the non-governmental institutions and the cultural and artistic heritage of Rome, Italy and Europe, present one-of-a-kind opportunities for master’s study, research and internships.
  • The city of Rome, a capital full of activity, has a relatively low cost of living, more affordable than many U.S. cities and European capitals.

The 15-month programs were designed with professional students in mind: after the first 9 months, students can complete their internships and theses remotely, allowing them to take as little time away from their busy lives as possible. This structure also makes the M.A. more affordable for students who are supporting themselves by limiting the amount of time dedicated strictly to classroom learning.

Last weekend over ninety specialists in combatting art crime met in the small Umbrian town of Amelia for the annual ARCA (Art Crimes Research Association) conference. It could be said that the conference came at just the right moment.

AUR students learned how to protect themselves and great works of art in a seminar led by Dick Drent, former security director at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and an expert on anti-terrorism and criminal profiling. To practice their skills, students went on a stealth mission at a local museum.

“I guarantee after today, you will never walk into a museum without looking at how easy it was to come in and how to escape,” said Drent, whose company, OmniRisk, advises curators and professionals at museums and heritage sites on how to protect their valuables -- and visitors.

Art and relics are under siege these days – stolen by terrorists to fund their activities or the mafia to use as a commodity or ransom for lower prison sentences. In recent years, visitors at museums and cultural sites have also been killed by suicidal gunmen and hostage takers.  

In this environment, everyone needs to be on guard.

The Balkans, in particular, the turbulent ex-Yugoslav territory, have been among the most important world regions in Noam Chomsky’s political reflections and activism for decades.

An international jury announced winners of an art competition on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador Thomas Kolly on Thursday May 10. Each of the four winners and 25 finalists were given cash prizes, certificates and other gifts.