Overview

The University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration Program is a thirty (30) credit interdisciplinary graduate degree designed to prepare students for careers in the administration of public and private organizations.  MAIA students learn how to identify, analyze, and manage the complex global problems that confront modern institutions, particularly in areas of security, human rights, and geopolitics. The program combines academic considerations of politics and culture with those of economics and management to provide participants with the skills necessary to pursue a range of career objectives in both domestic and international careers.  MAIA students are change-agents, entrepreneurs, and leaders in both government and non-governmental sectors.  Our graduates have pursued careers in the realm of non-profits and non-governmental organizations, in the fields of communication, health, emergency management and national security, as well as in the financial and business sectors.  The degree is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.  

Admission Requirements

The Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program accepts rolling admissions. Interested students may apply to the program at any time. 

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
    • An $85.00 non-refundable application fee is paid online upon submission of the application.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The statement of purpose is the most important element of your application packet. This letter needs to reflect who you are, your goals and why you would be an asset to the MAIA program. It is very important to ensure it is grammatically correct and as detailed as possible. The statement of purpose should be no more than two pages in length. Please review before your submit. 

      Below is a link to help you get started:

      OWL Statement of Purpose Guidelines.

  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Three letters of recommendation must be provided. One letter should be from a faculty member. Two letters should be from an employer, colleague, or other professional source.
  • Official Transcripts
    • You must provide official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts in languages other than English must also be submitted with a certified English translation.
  • Resume
    • Please provide a copy of your resume if it is available.
  • Admissions Interview
    • The admissions interview may be conducted in person, over the phone, or via video conference.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • ​Official TOEFL (or IELTS) Score

    • All international students are required to take this exam in order to demonstrate sufficient English competency. The "Test Of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL)" exam is offered as a paper-based test (PBT) or an internet-based test (IBT). A score of 550 is required for the PBT; a score of 80 is required for the IBT. 

    • Students may also take the "International English Language Testing System (IELTS)" exam to demonstrate sufficient competency in English. A score of 6.5 or higher is required. 

    • All international students must provide a copy of their results on either exam. 

    • International students from countries whose primary language is English are not required to take this exam.

Curriculum Requirements

Master of Arts in International Administration
Core Courses
IGS 611International Organizations3
IGS 612International Administration3
IGS 613Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security3
IGS 614World Affairs and Diplomacy3
IGS 615International Political Economy3
IGS 616International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making3
Electives9
Capstone3
IGS 617Capstone in International Administration 1
or IGS 820 Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours30
 

MAIA with Certificate in Security Management

Master of Arts in International Administration with a Concentration in Security Management
IGS 611International Organizations3
IGS 612International Administration3
IGS 613Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security3
IGS 614World Affairs and Diplomacy3
IGS 615International Political Economy3
IGS 644Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability3
IGS 645Human Security: Prevention Mitigation3
IGS 646Civil Security Management3
IGS 647Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance3
Capstone/Thesis (Choose one)
IGS 617Capstone in International Administration 13
or IGS 820 Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours30
 

MAIA with Certificate in Geospatial Technology

MAIA Core Courses15
International Organizations
International Administration
Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security
World Affairs and Diplomacy
International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making
GIS Certificate Courses12
Geographic Information Systems I
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Geographic Information Systems II
Web GIS (or any equivalent elective)
GIS Capstone Project3
Students will require a member of the GIS core faculty to oversee the capstone project.
Capstone in International Administration
Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours30

MAIA - Concentration in Risk Communications

MAIA Core Courses18
International Organizations
International Administration
Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security
World Affairs and Diplomacy
International Political Economy
International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making
Required Risk Communications Course3
Public Relations Fundamentals
Risk Communications Electives6
Writing for Public Relations
Design for Strategic Communication
Crisis Communication and Management
Media Relations
Capstone
IGS 617Capstone in International Administration3
or IGS 820 Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours30

MAIA - Concentration in Health Equity and Human Rights

MAIA Core Courses18
International Organizations
International Administration
Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security
World Affairs and Diplomacy
International Political Economy
International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making
Required Health Equity and Human Rights Course3
Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance
Health Equity and Human Rights Electives6
Globalization and Human Rights
Global Health and International Development
Disasters, Terrorism and Global Public Health
Global Health Policy and Ethics
Program Evaluation
Multicultural Communities in a Globalized Society
Capstone3
Capstone in International Administration
Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours30

MAIA - Independent Concentration

The Independent Concentration will allow MAIA students to create their own plan of study by customizing the selection of 9 elective credits required to complete their graduate degree. In order to apply for the Independent concentration, students must enter the MAIA program with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and be in good academic standing.

The current curriculum of the MAIA program already matches this configuration, with 18 core credits, 9 elective credits, and 3 credits for the capstone experience.

Requirements for the Independent Concentration:

  • An explanation of why the existing concentrations are insufficient and/or do not apply to the student’s career path.
  • The topic of their proposed concentration and a selection of electives to complete the MAIA program that support their topic.
  • Approval of the student’s Guidance Committee. Each student’s guidance committee will be comprised of the MAIA program director and another MAIA-affiliated faculty member from a different department representing the main scholarly areas of the courses selected for the independent concentration. (At present, the MAIA program director is a member of the Department of Political Science). A third Guidance Committee member might be appropriate when the proposed course of study encompasses expertise from three departments or disciplines.
MAIA Core Courses18
International Organizations
International Administration
Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security
World Affairs and Diplomacy
International Political Economy
International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making
Electives - approved by the student's Guidance Committee9
Capstone3
Capstone in International Administration
Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Master of Arts in International Administration (1-year plan)

Plan of Study Grid
FallCredit Hours
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
IGS 616 International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
IGS 611 International Organizations 3
IGS 612 International Administration 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
IGS 617 or 820 Capstone in International Administration
or Research in Residence
3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours30

MAIA  with Security Management Certificate

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Summer ICredit Hours
IGS 644 Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability 3
IGS 646 Civil Security Management 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer II
IGS 645 Human Security: Prevention Mitigation 3
IGS 647 Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
Fall
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
IGS 617 or 820 Capstone in International Administration
or Research in Residence
3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
IGS 611 International Organizations 3
IGS 612 International Administration 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours30

MAIA with Geospatial Technology Certificate

*Based on full-time enrollment. MAIA may also be completed part-time.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
GEG 691 Geographic Information Systems I 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
IGS 611 International Organizations 3
IGS 612 International Administration 3
GEG 693 Geographic Information Systems II 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
IGS 616 International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making 3
GEG 692 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3
GEG 695 Web GIS 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
IGS 617 or 820 Capstone in International Administration
or Research in Residence
3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

MAIA with a concentration in Risk Communications 

*Based on full-time enrollment. MAIA may also be completed part-time.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
STC 620 Public Relations Fundamentals 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
IGS 611 International Organizations 3
IGS 612 International Administration 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
Fall
IGS 616 International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making 3
Two STC electives or one STC elective and IGS 617/IGS 820 6
 Credit Hours9
Spring
One STC elective or IGS 617/IGS 820 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

MAIA concentration in Health Equity and Human Rights

*Based on full-time enrollment. MAIA may also be completed part-time.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SpringCredit Hours
IGS 611 International Organizations 3
IGS 612 International Administration 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
IGS 647 Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance 3
IGS 617 or 820 Capstone in International Administration
or Research in Residence
3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
Fall
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
IGS 616 International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
EPS 625 Program Evaluation 3
EPS 626 Multicultural Communities in a Globalized Society 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours33

MAIA Independent Concentration

*Based on full-time enrollment. MAIA may also be completed part-time.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
IGS 616 International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision Making 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
IGS 611 International Organizations 3
IGS 612 International Administration 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
Three IGS electives 9
IGS 617 or 820 Capstone in International Administration
or Research in Residence
3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours30

Mission

The Master of Arts in International Administration program (MAIA) seeks to prepare students for careers in the administration of public and private organizations. Students are introduced to academic traditions of scholarship and the insights of professional practice in the identification, analysis and management of the complex problems that confront modern institutions. They engage considerations of politics and culture as well as those of business, finance and management in order to develop the skills necessary to work with people in multiple contexts and environments. These include: 

  • Local, state and federal governmental agencies
  • Regional and international organizations
  • National and international public health-care management organizations
  • Non-profit public service organizations
  • Global relief and charitable groups
  • Civil society movements
  • Corporate and financial concerns
  • Emergency management organizations

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the subject-matter, the topic, at the center of their Practicum Report. This involves an understanding of the functional and organizational setting in which they served during their internship, the broader political, cultural and economic context within which the internship site exists and the ability to abstract from their experience a specific topic for analysis to which students apply skills in critical analysis, problem-solving and written communications developed during their course of study.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills, a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
  • Students will demonstrate their skills in written communication, learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies, and mixing text, data and images.