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. Arts Management

M.A. Food Studies

M.A. Peace Studies

M.A. Sustainable Cultural Heritage

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.

The farmer, Aurelio, an engineer, explained and showed to the students the crops, vegetables and animals that the farm produces, including the part that qualifies as organic. He emphasized the constraints under which his farm operates, being in a natural park of the Region.

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. His articles, public talks, and correspondence have provided a critical voice on political and social issues crucial not only to the region but the entire international community, including "humanitarian intervention," the relevance of international law in today’s politics, media manipulations, and economic crisis as a means of political control.

Professor Valentina Peveri (Food Studies program) has co-authored a new article alongside Dr. Kristie Drucza for Women's Studies International Forum.

Women's role in agriculture is widely reported to be essential; despite this, women's role in the wheat-sector is under-researched. Feminist standpoint theory is applied in analyzing 73 documents on women's role in agriculture from 1990 until 2016 to answer the following questions: How does the world look, and operate, for males and females in wheat growing households?

The Trump Administration’s latest budget proposals for 2019 call for $214 billion in cuts to federal food assistance programs over the next 10 years. While think tanks, citizens’ groups, academia, and the US Congress debate the issue, they may find some good advice in a new book: “The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?”