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The University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration Program is a thirty (30) credit graduate degree designed to prepare students for careers in the administration of public and private organizations.  Our Program assists students in the identification, analysis and management of the complex problems that confront modern organizations.  It combines considerations of politics and culture with business, finance and management to provide students with the skills necessary to pursue a range of career objectives in both domestic and international contexts.  Our graduates have pursued careers in the realm of non-profits and non-governmental organizations, in the fields of public health, emergency management and national security, as well as in the financial and business sectors. Concentration options include International Business, Public Health, Strategic Communications, Geographical Information Systems, Security Management, as well as a Human Rights/General Track. The degree is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.  

For additional program information and a complete list of MAIA faculty and staff, please visit us at www.as.miami.edu/maia.

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's Department of Public Health Sciences. The MAIA degree, with a second master's degree in public health, is designed for students who seek knowledge of public health with a broader emphasis in globalization and health, international health, international health policy and international development. Students enrolled in this joint program can expect to complete both degree requirements within two and a half (2.5) years.

Masters Program in International Administration

IGS 611. International Organizations. 3 Credit Hours.

This course takes up the institutional expression of modern international society. In our study of international organizations, the theoretical traditions upon which they are based and the practices that define their functions, are of equal concern. Our purpose will be to engage the historical evolution of modern international organizations, their mandates, structures, activities and limitations. The course looks too at institutions at national, regional and international levels in terms of the roles they play in fostering political and economic development.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

IGS 612. International Administration. 3 Credit Hours.

Presents a broad overview of concepts, theories, processes, and practical global challenges confronting professional public/nonprofit managers; discusses contemporary issues facing multi-national corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and public agencies; and analyzes the similarities and differences between public, non-profit and private management.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

IGS 613. Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security. 3 Credit Hours.

An overview of world religions and cultures as a backdrop of effective communication for international professionals. Religious and political conflicts have increasingly become a staple of our complex, globalized world. As a result, it is important for professionals working with international and non-governmental organizations to understand the religions and the cultures of the world to better facilitate their work in different societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Since religion is an integral part of many cultures, understanding the religious implications of certain activities is important in navigating certain societies and facilitating the work of professionals, especially in regions where religion and political violence dominate foreign relations and foreign policy.
Components: SEM.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

IGS 614. World Affairs. 3 Credit Hours.

The course is structured upon two intersecting thematic and topical arcs. One takes theories and their applications (from international relations, security studies, international political economy and international development) as its point of departure. The other proceeds from a consideration of the practitioner’s arts: diplomatic service, the conduct of foreign and security policy, and the management of complex administrative systems. The course is designed as a general survey of the theoretical and material aspects of world affairs. The class combines lectures and discussion with an emphasis on the development of professional, analytical, writing skills.

Components: SEM.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall

IGS 615. International Economics for MAIA. 3 Credit Hours.

Reviews the essentials of International Economics. It then provides students with an operational understanding of the theory of comparative advantage and its application to policy issues.
Components: SEM.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.

IGS 616. Administration of Organizations. 3 Credit Hours.

Explores organizations from the strategic perspective of the leader, identifying common elements of thinking, structure, measures, outcomes, issues, and challenges faced by those who seek leadership roles in international administration.
Components: SEM.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

IGS 617. Practicum in International Administration. 3 Credit Hours.

The practicum gives students the opportunity to apply academic theory and acquired skills in international administration under real world conditions. Students engage in an approved internship at an appropriate organization and then write a report/case study analysis under the supervision of the MAIA faculty.
Components: PRA.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring and Fall

IGS 646. Civil Security Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the management of civil crises caused by violent human actions, from urban terrorist assaults to cyber attacks. Through a focus on critical incident management, students will be provided insight into the analytical and operational dimensions of security administration. Academic frameworks and the perspectives of practitioners will allow us to examine the landscape of threat faced by individuals and communities as well as the methods available to mitigate risk.
Components: LEC.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Summer.

IGS 647. Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the management of disasters from natural causes. It is focused primarily on the theory and practice of response. At the center of this investigation, is a difficult question: how to help? The answers are not obvious. Through the vocabularies of practitioners and the frameworks offered by academic literature, we will explore the ways in which responders respond, the lessons learned and the best practices that have emerged in the field of disaster response and humanitarian intervention.
Components: LEC.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Summer.

IGS 648. International Business Finance for MAIA. 3 Credit Hours.

International Finance provides a working knowledge of international financial issues, theories, concepts and practice. The first part of the course examines the mechanics of the foreign exchange market, reviewing spot, forwards, futures and options. The second part of the course constructs the four building blocks of international finance: interest rate parity (covered and uncovered interest rate arbitrage), purchasing power parity, the international Fisher (expectations) effect, and asset market equilibrium (money market and exchange market equilibrium). The role of the money supply in exchange rate and price level determination according to interest rate parity is stressed. The case for common currencies is reviewed. In the third part of the course, currency risk management is explored in detail. We then analyze Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent financial practices. We conclude with a review of financial leverage, moral hazard and the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
Components: LEC.
Grading: SUS.
Typically Offered: Summer.

IGS 820. MAIA Masters Project. 3 Credit Hours.

For students conducting additional research, practice, field experience or special projects as part of their graduate experience.
Components: THI.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.