Curriculum: An Interdisciplinary Approach (30 credits)
Fast Track - 1 Year Option
The Master of Arts (MA) in International Administration (MAIA) Program is designed for students pursuing administrative careers in international settings. The Master of Arts in International Administration’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.
The Information Technology Boot Camp is an extensive program offered in the week preceding the start of regular classes and should be taken just prior to the start of the semester of admission. The MAIA boot camp is an extensive, hands-on computer course that trains, tests and certifies all the core skills for Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SPSS and Outlook, and an introduction to the structure and function of computer networks.
The Accounting/Finance and International Operations Boot Camp is a two-day, non-credit, free workshop covering key subjects essential to successful budgeting and financial control for NGO’s and other not-for-profit companies. It is taught by a couple of professional financial managers who are respected UM lecturers and faculty members from the Department of Accounting.
Proficiency in a second language is crucial to the success of a 21st century international professional. Therefore, MAIA students are expected to become fluent in a second language before graduation. Students who need to brush up on their language skills can take advantage of one of UM’s highly regarded accelerated language courses.
At the beginning of the program, students are asked to declare a world region of interest or special topic. Whenever possible, the student will be paired with a faculty mentor who is an expert in that region or topic. MAIA advisors will work with the student to choose electives appropriate to his or her area of career interest. Throughout the program, projects and research will focus on the student’s chosen specialization.
Concentrations are available in:
Six core courses (IGS 611, IGS 612, IGS 613, IGS 614, IGS 615, IGS 616) are required of all MAIA students. 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.
With the core curriculum, students:
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.