The Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program offers a comprehensive graduate degree designed to prepare students for careers in the administration of International public and private organizations. Career options include government, multinational corporations (MNCs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the for-profit sector. Unlike conventional “international affairs” programs, MAIA equips graduates with both operational skills and a solid conceptual background to produce theoretically capable practitioners. The degree is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.
MAIA is an interdisciplinary program which collaborates with faculty members from twelve (12) University departments. Drawing from the best academic resources of the University of Miami and from highly skilled professionals, students receive instruction in areas such as diplomacy, geopolitics, economics, finance, religion, communication, political science, management, public health, and international studies. The program allows students to select an area of specialization to complement their professional goals. Concentration options include International Business, Public Health, Strategic Communications, Geographical Information Systems, Security Management, and a General Track. Together with a thorough co-curricular professional development itinerary and an internship component students emerge with the expertise needed to further their career in a vast array of exciting fields.
MAIA’s core curriculum integrates the academic study of international relations; international and public administration; policy analysis and advocacy; international economics; international organizations; strategic thinking and negotiation; world religions and cultures; and communications. MAIA emphasizes practical experience and requires students to complete a 200 hour internship project before graduation. These courses are taught in an integrated fashion, designed to give students the maximum learning experience in an efficient manner. The courses are a mixture of theory and practice, skills and knowledge, geared toward the demands of international professional careers.
Students will develop skills in writing, speaking, and historical analysis; learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret data; master research and communications skills; master strategic and tactical thinking and negotiation; build practical and theoretical knowledge in international relations, international economics, intercultural communication and public administration in an international context.
Students will be required to take 21 credit hours as follows:
Students are required to complete a two-hundred (200) hour Internship as part of the Capstone Project. Although the internship can be completed at any time throughout the Program, it is recommended that students secure an internship for their first summer semester, students are encouraged to pursue internships with non-profit organizations, intergovernmental organizations, government agencies, transnational organizations, nongovernmental organizations, for-profit companies, or international companies. The internship site is selected based on the students area of concentration. Students are guided and assisted by their Program Advisor through this process.
The remaining nine (9) elective credit hours will be completed outside of the MAIA Program in an area of concentration selected by the student. Course availability subject to change per semester.
For elective options offered by the MAIA Program please visit the MAIA Elective Courses page.
Co-Curricular Professional Development Seminars:
In addition to the required courses, MAIA offers students a series of FREE co-curricular professional development seminars which complement the overall curriculum. All sessions are conducted by University of Miami faculty who are experts in their field.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
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