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The Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program offers a comprehensive graduate degree designed to prepare students for careers in the administration of International public and private organizations.  Career options include government, multinational corporations (MNCs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the for-profit sector. 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 an interdisciplinary program which collaborates with faculty members 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, finance, religion, communication, political science, management, public health, and international studies. The program allows students to select an area of specialization to complement their professional goals. Concentration options include International Business, Public Health, Strategic Communications, Geographical Information Systems, Security Management, and a General Track.   Together with a thorough co-curricular professional development itinerary and an internship component students emerge with the expertise needed to further their career in a vast array of exciting fields.  

For additional program information and a complete list of MAIA faculty and staff, please visit us at www.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 an in-depth 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.

Covers the entire spectrum of international organizations and the theoretical and practical issues relating to international organizations including peace and security, human rights, 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, non- government 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 ofcertain 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.

This course introduces the conceptual basics of international relations and trains students in analytical and critical thinking skills through familiarity with the broad palette of issues and actors that make up today's world politics. Topics include the origins of the state and its changing role in today's world and an examination of the actors in international relations and the issues before them.
Components: SEM.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall & Spring.

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 first complete an approved internship in an appropriate organization and then present a report/case study analysis under the supervision of the MAIA faculty.
Components: PRA.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Offered by Announcement Only.

IGS 646. Civil Security Management. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the management of civil crisis issuing from violent human actions. In the first section of the course, a framework will be developed that addresses the security of “”•–—˜civil space,”•–—˜ emphasizing actions threatening public order and individual safety. Emphasis will be placed on the burdens of “”•–—˜critical incident management”•–—˜ and the elements central to its success. These elements—˜planning and contingency, leadership and management, intelligence and analysis as well as operations and communication—˜will be engaged further in the second section. The final section of the course will examine specific threats to civil order and the management of systems designed to mitigate their effects.
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 699. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

The UM/MAIA program has a cooperation and student exchange program with St. Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and Belgrano University in Argentina.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.

IGS 820. MAIA Masters Project. 1-9 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, & Summer.