The Dual MPA/MAIA degree requires a total of 60 credits. Students are able to count 9 credits of coursework toward both programs, allowing them to complete the dual degree in 2.5 years.

Students in the MAIA/MPA Dual Degree program must be admitted to both the MAIA and MPA programs.

MAIA Admissions

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.

MPA Admission Requirements

  • In cooperation with the College of Arts and Science, the Department of Political Science, the Graduate Program will review applicant files and make admissions decisions.

    Requirements for Admission Include:

    • Completion of an application

    • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution

    • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.  (In order to limit class size for maximum teacher-student exchange, the MPP program will give preference to students with above average GRE scores, excellent letters of recommendation, and superior writing skills).

    • GRE minimum combined score (verbal and quantitative) set by the Graduate School.  The Graduate School has occasionally provided waivers for exceptional cases.

    • Two letters of recommendation

Curriculum Requirements

MAIA Core Courses
IGS 610Intelligence and National Security3
IGS 611International Organizations Masters Project (Master's Project)3
IGS 612International Administration and Social Entrepreneurship3
IGS 613Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security3
IGS 614World Affairs and Diplomacy3
IGS 615International Political Economy3
MAIA Elective3
Select one from the following courses
Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability
Human Security: Prevention Mitigation
Civil Security Preparedness and Management
Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance
MPA Core Courses
POL 601Budget and Financial Management and Administration3
POL 606Organizational Dynamics and Management3
POL 610Statistics for Politics and Public Administration3
POL 622Introduction to Graduate Public Administration3
POL 646Public Policy Process and Implementation3
POL 647Human Resource Management in Public Service3
POL 651Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors3
POL 671Government and Business3
MPA Specialized Courses (9 of these credits are in fulfillment of both degrees)12
Students select an additional four courses from those listed below, with at least one course from each of the subfields:
Organizational Management and Leadership:
Introduction to Game Theory for Political Science
Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management
Total Quality Public Service Management: Achieving High Performance Government
Politics and Ethics
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Topic: Organizational Security Management
Special Topics in International Relations
Topic: Ending War and Building Peace
Equity, Ethics, and Legal Issues in Public Administration
Administrative Law
Ethical and Managerial Issues in Government, Business, and Non-Profit Organizations
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Topic: Equity and Diversity in Public Administration
Topic: Issues in Judicial Politics
Issues in Public Policy and Administration
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Applied Policy Analysis
From Electronic Government to Digital Governance
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Topic: Bureaucratic Politics
Topic: Money, Power, and Politics in American Cities
MPA Internship
POL 656Public Service Internship3
Students may elect to complete a 6-credit internship experience by taking POL 656 and IGS 618.
Total Credit Hours60

Sample Plan of Study

Students may complete the requirements for the MAIA and MPA degrees consecutively or in succession.

Applicants must be admitted into the MAIA and MPA programs on a separate basis, based on the admissions requirements and procedure of each individual program. Acceptance by one program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance by the other degree program. 

Average Program Duration: 2.5 years
Number of required credits: 60

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
POL 601 Budget and Financial Management and Administration 3
POL 622 Introduction to Graduate Public Administration 3
POL 608 Equity and Diversity in Public Administration 3
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
 Credit Hours12
POL 610 Statistics for Politics and Public Administration 3
POL 646 Public Policy Process and Implementation 3
POL 654 Politics and Ethics 3
IGS 611 International Organizations Masters Project 3
 Credit Hours12
POL 651 Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 3
POL 625 Comparative Public Policy and Administration 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
POL 647 Human Resource Management in Public Service 3
POL 671 Government and Business 3
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
IGS 612 International Administration and Social Entrepreneurship 3
 Credit Hours12
POL 606 Organizational Dynamics and Management 3
POL 624 Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
IGS 610 Intelligence and National Security 3
 Credit Hours12
MAIA Elective 3
POL 656 Public Service Internship 3
Students may elect to complete a 6-credit internship experience by taking POL 656 and IGS 618.
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours60