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.

This is an excerpt from an article by Lia Schifitto that is based on her M.A. Thesis. Lia Schifitto is now a heritage preservationist from Upstate New York but has lived across Tuscany, Rome, and Toronto. She currently is working for Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. Lia earned her M.A. at the American University of Rome, studying Sustainable Cultural Heritage. She completed her BA at the University of Toronto, specializing in American and Soviet Cultural History.

On Saturday February 17th, AUR’s Graduate School launched its new program to offer two full-day targeted Graduate Workshops per semester aimed at developing specific skills. The event proved to be very popular – even necessitating moving the class into the student lounge to accommodate the number of students who had signed up!
 
Prof. Pier Matteo Barone led the first workshop that covered the topic of Geographic Information Systems. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based tool that analyzes, stores, manipulates and visualizes geographic information, usually in a map.

The American University of Rome's Professor Peter Gould,  M.A. Sustainable Cultural Heritage and M.A. Arts Management, seeks to identify the success factors associated with economic development projects within communities adjacent to archaeological or heritage sites, a growing interest among archaeologists and heritage managers. Typically, the success of site museums, tourism businesses, or crafts cooperatives is rarely reported on in scholarly literature or subjected to systematic study. This new book, Empowering Communities through Archaeology and Heritage, addresses that gap. 

AUR Adjunct Professor Maria Fonte of the Food Studies program will be teaching an intensive course this January at Kyoto University in Japan, in its International Graduate Programme for East Asia Sustainable Economic Development. Students in the program come from different South East Asia countries including Japan, The Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and China.