The University of Miami's College of Arts & Sciences offers a joint M.D./Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) degree program in partnership with the Miller School of Medicine.

The MD/MAIA curriculum includes a Certificate in Security Management, which is designed to prepare students to meet the various multidimensional security challenges that have faced our planet in the last two decades: from the aftermath of 9/11 to the most recent crisis of COVID-19.  For future physicians, understanding the sociocultural and geopolitical threats posed by violent human actions, natural disasters, and pandemics, is essential.  Transformational leadership in times of acute crisis demands a unique array of insights and skills.

The MD/MAIA program is grounded in an academic, theoretical, understanding of security problems and emergency management strategies. It also emphasizes the development of the practitioner’s arts within the strategic, tactical and operational realms of international security administration.  

Admission Requirements

Students must first be accepted to the University of Miami's MD Program.  First year MD students should then apply separately to the MAIA program through this process:

  • Completed application for admission submitted through CollegeNet
  • Statement of purpose
  • A current resume
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (may be duplicates from the student's MD application)
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score is required as proof of English proficiency for international  applicants who did not receive a degree in the United States or a foreign country where English is the primary language. The following minimum score is required for admission to a graduate business degree program.
    • TOEFL - 94 or above (iBT only)
    • IELTS - 7.0 or above

Upon receipt of the student's application, an admissions interview will be scheduled with the MAIA director or another designee from the MAIA program.


Please contact the College of Arts & Sciences' Office of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies at (305) 284-8783 or by email at maiaadmissions@miami.edu

 Curriculum Requirements

MD/MAIA with a Certificate in Security Management

MD Requirements136
Refer to the link below for more information on the MD Dual/Joint Degree Program requirements.
MAIA REQUIREMENTS (30 credit hours)
IGS 611International Organizations Masters Project3
IGS 612International Administration and Social Entrepreneurship3
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 Preparedness and Management3
IGS 647Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance3
IGS 820Research in Residence3
Total Credit Hours166

Plan of Study

MAIA with Certificate in Security Management Plan of Study

MAIA courses are integrated into the NextGenMD curriculum to allow for MD students to complete both degree programs .

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SpringCredit Hours
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C  
IGS 611 International Organizations Masters Project 3
IGS 613 Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer I
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C  
IGS 644 Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability 3
IGS 646 Civil Security Preparedness and Management 3
 Credit Hours6
Summer II
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C  
IGS 645 Human Security: Prevention Mitigation 3
IGS 647 Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
M.D. Pre-Clerkship Phase 1C/Clerkship Phase  
IGS 614 World Affairs and Diplomacy 3
 Credit Hours3
Year Three
M.D. Advanced Phase  
IGS 612 International Administration and Social Entrepreneurship 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
IGS 820 Research in Residence 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours30