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 Requirements (136 credits)
Phase 1: Pre-Clerkship
MDR 550Introduction to the Medical Profession3
MDR 526Biomedical Principles of Health I5
MDR 527Biomedical Principles of Health II5
MDR 531Medicine as a Profession 14
MDR 532Medicine as a Profession 24
MDR 533Medicine as a Profession 31
MDR 520Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 13
MDR 521Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 24
MDR 522Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 36
MDR 523Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 43
MDR 524Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 56
MDR 525Symptoms, Signs, and Disease 65
Phase 2: Integrated Clerkships
MDR ### Transition to Clerkships1
MDR 715Integrated Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology12
MDR 716Integrated Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Anesthesiology12
MDR 717Integrated Medicine12
MDR 718Integrated Psychiatry, Neurology, and Family Medicine12
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 11
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 13
MDR ### Medicine as a Profession Clerkships 32
Phase 3: Advanced
MDR ### Sub-Internship4
MDR ### Clinical Selective4
MDR ### Integrative Science Selective4
MDR ### Critical Care Selective2
MDR ### Transition to Residency2
MDR ### Specialty Boot Camp2
MAIA REQUIREMENTS (30 credit hours)
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
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 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 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 3
IGS 615 International Political Economy 3
IGS 820 Research in Residence 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours30


The Dual MD/Master of Arts in International Administration (MD/MAIA) with a Certificate in Security Management will provide MD students to address the multidimensional challenges that confront modern, global institutions, including international affairs, geopolitics, security, disaster management, and human resilience.

The NextGenMD curriculum, in partnership with the MAIA program, strives to empower learners to transform lives and inspire learners to serve the global community.  The curriculum will produce transformational leaders who will shape the future of medicine, direct health systems, and champion discovery and its translation into clinical interventions.

Students in the joint MD/MAIA program engage with the considerations of politics and culture, as well as those of economics 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


The MD/MAIA program's goal is to provide a scholarly concentration to satisfy the NextGenMD's personalized curriculum through a dual degree program.  MD/MAIA students will have the opportunity to study social and cultural determinants of health in a global context through MAIA coursework and the required thesis.

Student Learning Outcomes

MD Program

  • Students will demonstrate master of biomedical knowledge (i.e.. anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, etc.) required to practice clinical medicine.
  • Students will demonstrate clinical skills proficiency, such as performing a complete physical examination. Student competency in performing a physical examination and in clinical skills is evaluated by student performance on end of year 1 and 2 competency exercises.
  • Students will demonstrate application of knowledge and skills to clinical decision-making and the practice of medicine, including formulating differential diagnoses, and a diagnostic and therapeutic plan. Student competency in organizing clinical data, synthesizing clinical information and formulating management plans is demonstrated by performance on the United States Medical Licensing Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination.

MAIA Program

  • 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.