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AU to offer online degree in international affairs

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 7:03am  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - American University plans to offer its first broad-based online degree program with a growing online education provider.

The school will announce Tuesday that it's joining the Web platform 2U to offer a master's degree in international relations. Classes begin in May 2013 with about 15 students each.

School of International Service Dean James Goldgeier says anyone in the world can earn the two-year degree for about the same tuition as students on campus. They may save money on housing costs.

Goldgeier says it will be a high-quality program with no distinction on a graduate's diploma. It will include self-paced content and weekly class sessions.

Landover, Md.-based 2U is partnering with George Washington University for a master's in public health and Georgetown University for a master's in nursing, among other schools.

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