The Elliott School’s M.A. program in International Affairs (MAIA) provides students an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of contemporary issues in international affairs and an in-depth knowledge of at least one specialty in a policy issue or regional area. The largest graduate program within the Elliott School, the MAIA program prepares students for a broad range of careers in the international arena. The program combines courses in both theory and practice, which are taught by renowned scholars and leading practitioners in the field of international affairs. Students can take advantage of numerous internship opportunities in the Washington, DC, area to supplement their academic training with relevant experience. MAIA alumni have careers in diplomacy, policy analysis, public service, non-profit organizations, business, security, conflict resolution, development, economic policy, and public health.
Is this program for you?
The MAIA program is ideal for students who want to deepen their knowledge of international affairs theory and practice, those who seek advanced careers in the international arena, and/or those who wish to add an international dimension to their educational and professional background. The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum combines foundation and elective courses selected to each student’s professional goals and intellectual interests. Most classes meet in the evening to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals or to encourage students to pursue daytime internships in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.