“There are many claimants to the term “administration” – e.g. colonial, business, public, and social administration. The term “International Administration” as MAIA uses it - has very solid roots in the idealist school of international relations theory. The famous IR theorist Hedley Bull associates the term with the “Wilsonian rejection of balance of power, the denigration of diplomacy and the tendency to seek to replace it by international administration.”
Bull, The Anarchical Society, p.16.

About the MAIA Program
(MA) International Administration

MAIA is university-wide and interdisciplinary. Its faculty comes from at least twelve departments and from five schools or colleges at UM: The School of Business Administration, The College of Arts and Sciences, The Miller Medical School, The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), The School of Communication, The Division of Continuing Studies and International Programs. MAIA marshals the best intellectual resources of the entire university to create a truly unique program. Students can also take electives at St Petersburg State University, Russia and at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

MAIA is a professional degree in International Administration. We seek to train students for international careers. Our thirty (30) credit program bridges the traditional divide between the world of the theorist/academician and the practitioner. Too often, programs in international relations that are focused excessively on theory have students engaged in sterile theoretical debates divorced from reality; whereas international professionals with no background in theory create policies that disregard world history and the understanding of its dynamics. Students in our program do not only gain academic knowledge but practical skills as well, leaving them well-rounded and fully prepared for professional life.

MAIA focuses on the world of the 21st century. Graduates emerge with expertise in a range of contemporary issues. We use state of the art educational methods and information technology. MAIA’s Miami location adds an additional benefit for students, as our city is a hub for various immigrant communities, Latin American relations and trade, as well as for global environmental and human rights issues. As University of Miami President Donna Shalala puts it: “Miami es el mundo.”  The MAIA program is an associate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and a member of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA).

Who is MAIA for?

The MAIA degree is designed specifically for:

Students and professionals who seek employment or advancement in international government service or international organizations;
Professionals who seek to upgrade their skills, who seek to market themselves internationally, or who are employed in multinational enterprises;
Business executives in transition from domestic to international markets;
Foreign business executives seeking an understanding of the world from a United States perspective;
International journalists, especially those moving into management roles;
Academics, particularly from technical fields, who require understanding of international relations;
Career military personnel, particularly those who wish to become or advance as military attachés;

Although MAIA is a professional degree in applied International Relations, some of our students choose to proceed to a PhD program or law school.

Admissions Requirements:

Listing numeric admissions requirements tends to connote a purely quantitative assessment of applicants and we prefer to evaluate students and not numbers. Consequently, each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis with equal weight being given to every document submitted as part of the application process. Your essay, three (3) letters of recommendations, cumulative grade point average and GRE score will all be quantitatively as well as qualitatively assessed.  Additionally, we accept both the GMAT and the LSAT as substitutes for the GRE. We hope that you will understand the philosophy behind how we evaluate applicants and perhaps even appreciate the effort we are putting into the process of selecting MAIA students. 

Admissions Deadlines:


Priority Consideration:  Submission by February 15th
Early Consideration:    Submission by April 15th

Priority Consideration:  Submission by October 15th
Early Consideration:    Submission by November 15th