Curriculum: 30 credit hours
Length of the Program:  2 years

Fast Track Option:  Earn your Master’s Degree in as few as 12 Months!


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:

IGS 611 (International Organizations) - 3 Credits
IGS 612 (International Administration) - 3 Credits
IGS 613 (Global Cultures, Religions, and Communications) - 3 Credits
IGS 614 (World Affairs) - 3 Credits
IGS 615 (International Economics) - 3 Credits
IGS 616 (Organizational Administration) - 3 Credits
IGS 617 (Practicum in International Administration) - 3 Credits

For a detailed description of each course please visit the MAIA Core Course Description page.

Internship Component:
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.   

Concentration Options:

  • International Business/Business Certificate        
  • Public Health (Dual Program Option Available)        
  • Strategic Communications        
  • Human Rights/General        
  • Geographic Information Systems        
  • Security Management

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. 

These include:

  • Spring Seminars:  Public Speaking, Media Relations, Diplomatic Protocol, Budgeting for Non-Profits, and Models & Methods of Public Policy Analysis
  • Fall Seminars:  Library Research Strategies, Financial & Managerial Accounting, International Taxation and Related Business Issues, Statistical Software (SPSS), and Career Development

For more information and a full listing please see the MAIA Co-Curricular Professional Development Seminars page.

MAIA requires students be become proficient in a second language by the time they reach graduation.  Being proficient in a second language is crucial for success in any international arena. Students who need to brush up on their language skills can take advantage of one of the many University of Miami‚Äôs highly regarded accelerated language courses.