Welcome to the Graduate School at The American University of Rome

AUR’s guiding philosophy for the creation of the Master of Arts programs is to focus each program on current critical issues within each discipline. Our M.A. programs are specifically designed to nurture the next generation of knowledgeable, practical and informed problem solvers who will move forward in their chosen fields, prepared to positively address current and future challenges.

Faculty are inspired by a commitment to instill in our students both analytical and engaged attitudes towards the study of the past, the present, and the future. The emphasis placed on intellectual development and transferable skills for both academic and professional, career-orientated goals is a cornerstone of AUR’s M.A. degree programs.

M.A. Food Studies

M.A. Peace Studies

M.A. Sustainable Cultural Heritage

M.A. Arts Management

MORE EVENTS

23 May

AUR Alumni Weekend 2019

Thu 5/23, 05:00pm
American University of Rome

24 May

2019 Commencement Exercises

Fri 5/24, 06:00pm
Villa Aurelia

04 Jun

A Conversation with Larry Sonsini, most sought after lawyer in Silicon Valley

Tue 6/4, 06:00pm
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

12 Jun

"Siamo italiani": Italianicity beyond borders

Wed 6/12, 05:30am
American University of Rome

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 Graduate School at The American University of Rome is renowned for fostering students’ critical thinking, their intellectual curiosity, and their pursuit of knowledge, so they can address pressing issues within their disciplines

Congratulations to AUR Graduate School alumna Victoria Rose (M.A. Food Studies class of 2018) on starting a new job with USAID in Washington, D.C. and presenting her Master’s thesis at a conference in Budapest.

There was no April fooling when the M.A. Food Studies students visited Agricoltura Nuova on Monday, April 1, as part of their Sustainable Food Systems course.

Like much of the Abruzzo, Umbria, and Lazio regions, the towns of Amatrice and Compotosto are still recuperating from an earthquake that struck in August 2016 and demolished what were once some thriving tourist destination.

On April 3, 2019, the MA Program in Food Studies and the Center for Food Studies hosted a guest lecture on 'Eating for 1.5°C: Contested pathways to ‘cooler’ diets' by Dr Colin Sage, Department of Geography, UCC & Chair of the Cork Food Policy Council.