The Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program offers an interdisciplinary professional degree. The program prepares students for careers in government, as well as multinational corporations (MNCs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 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 a university wide program with faculty members coming 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, history, religion, communication, political science, management and international studies. The program features advanced study in specialized subject areas ranging from public health to marine affairs. 

Students may also select regional specializations which require language and cultural competency. Expanding on the regional specializations, MAIA students may participate in semester exchange programs with leading foreign universities such as Charles University Law School in the Czech Republic and Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. Additionally, MAIA also offers summer programs in Argentina, France, Ghana and Russia with practicum opportunities in Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru.

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Core Requirements
Six (6) core courses are required of all MAIA students. Students then complete the degree with three (3) graduate-level electives/nine (9) credits, which may be chosen from among other UM graduate offerings. Finally, all MAIA students must enroll in and complete a practicum, details of which are described below. The core courses are taught in an integrated fashion, designed to give students the maximum learning experience.

In the core courses, students will
1. develop skills in writing, speaking, and numerical and historical analysis
2. learn how to collect, interpret and report social, political, and economic data
3. increase skills in methods of research and communications
4. master strategic and tactical thinking and negotiation
5. build practical and theoretical knowledge in international relations, international economics, intercultural communication, and administration in an international context

Core courses are
1. International Administration (IGS 612)
2. World Affairs (IGS 614)
3. World Cultures (IGS 613)
4. Organizational Administration (IGS 616)
5. International Economics (IGS 615)
6. International Organizations (IGS 611)

Practicum in International Administration (IGS 517)
The purpose of the practicum is to give students the opportunity to apply academic theory and acquired skills in international administration under real world condi¬tions. Students are expected to complete the practicum with a minimum time commitment of at least two-hundred (200) hours. Participation in the spring clinics with topics ranging from public speaking to human resources are an integral component of the course. A final report/case study analysis is required as part of successful completion of the practicum. A fuller guide to the practicum and the requirements for the practicum is provided to students by the MAIA Office.

Other Requirements for Graduation
In addition to completing thirty (30) credits at the graduate level, which must include the six (6) required core courses, the practicum course and nine (9) elective credits, students must satisfy the following additional program requirements.

The information technology (IT) boot camp is an intensive program, which is generally in the fall semester. The MAIA IT boot camp provides training in Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Students also receive training to the statistical software SPSS as an introduction to program evaluation/assessment methodology. 

The accounting and taxation boot camp is a two (2) day, non-credit workshop that covers key subjects essential to successful budgeting and financial control for nongovernmental organizations and other not-for-profit companies. It is taught by a professional financial manager and is offered once a year.

MAIA students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language prior to graduation. They are tested by staff and faculty with the Intensive Language Institute of the Division of Continuing and International Education. If students need additional language training after the testing result, they will be recommended to enroll in non-credit language courses to attain the necessary proficiency.

All MAIA students must complete their degree with three (3) graduate level elective courses or nine (9) elective credits. Electives must be approved by MAIA directors and students are encouraged to use the electives to create a specialization in either a function or regional area. For example, students may specialize in marine affairs by taking courses with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science or in a region by taking courses with the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may also select electives from Charles University Law School in Prague or Saint Petersburg State University in Russia.

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Dual Degree Program: MAIA/MPH
The Master of Arts in International Administration/Master of Public Health (M.A.I.A.|M.P.H.) degree is offered jointly by the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The MAIA degree with a second master’s degree in public health is designed for students who seek an in-depth knowledge of public health with a broader emphasis in globalization and health, international health policy and international development. Students enrolled in this joint program can expect to complete both degree requirements within three (3) years.