This is MAIA.

The Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program is designed to prepare students for careers in the administration of public and private organizations. It is an interdisciplinary graduate degree. Students learn how to identify, analyze, and manage complex problems that confront modern institutions. The program combines academic considerations of politics and culture with those of business, finance, and management to provide participants with the skills necessary to pursue a range of career objectives in both domestic and international careers.

Innovative. Interdisciplinary. Important. The MAIA program combines world affairs, organizational administration, and management courses to tackle tough topics like human rights, disaster relief, security, and sustainability.

The MAIA Program

Our program of study assists students in the identification, analysis, and management of the complex problems that confront modern institutions. It combines academic considerations of politics and culture with those of business, finance, and management to provide participants with the skills necessary to pursue a range of career objectives in both domestic and international contexts.

Student learning outcomes for the MAIA program encompass five core domains of study, reflected in the required coursework:

  • World Politics and Diplomacy
  • International Organizations
  • Global Cultures
  • International Political Economy
  • Strategic Management

This program offers you:

  • 30-Credit hours of course study
  • Individualized advising
  • Full or part-time enrollment
  • Fast-track option available
  • Co-curricular professional development seminars


The MAIA Student

Students of all majors are welcome! Whether you are interested in government service, non-profit organizations, NGO's, or international for-profit organizations, MAIA can help you advance professionally.

Our student body is among the most diverse in the nation. Alumni of the MAIA program represent some twenty nations, from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our students come to study international administration from a variety of professions, including communications, business, medicine, law, and education. The result is an unusually dynamic and mutually enriching learning environment.


General Admissions Requirements

The MAIA program accepts rolling admissions. Interested students may apply to the program at any time.

Domestic students interested in applying to the Master of Arts in International Administration program should submit the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Online application form.
  • Original transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.
  • $85.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Interview (in person, phone or web/video).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. GMAT and LSAT are also accepted. Waivers may be requested, see our website for additional information.

International Student Admissions Requirements

International students must comply with all the general admissions requirements indicated above and must also submit the following:

  • Submit official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended (including U.S. universities).
  • All transcripts and diplomas must be in their original language with a certified English translation of both the transcript and the diploma.
  • Photocopies of all diplomas.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Bank statement or sponsorship letter within the last six (6) months.
  • Official scores for the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
  • $500.00 holding fee, payable upon acceptance.

International applicants must take the GRE. Those students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (IBT). The IELTS is now also accepted. The minimum passing score is 6.5.

A group of University of Miami students.

What Can You Do With A MAIA Degree?

Our students have found rewarding career opportunities with a variety of employers:

  • American Red Cross
  • Microsoft
  • Avaya
  • The Beacon Council
  • Miami-Dade Police Department
  • United States Southern Command
  • U.S. State Department
  • Greater NY Chamber of Commerce
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • World Health Organization
  • Various foreign embassies


The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - The premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders.

Yellow Ribbon Program - The University of Miami and the Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) is an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. This provision of the post 9/11 GI Bill helps cover the expenses of earning a master's degree. Opportunities for study are available for active duty personnel as well. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are encouraged to visit the official website for the program.

MAIA Program Scholarship - Our program will be offering a small needs-based scholarship for students who have been accepted and plan to enroll in the MAIA program. Scholarships will be awarded on a case-by-case. Prospective students interested in receiving more information should speak with Catherine Shaw, the recruitment specialist for the MAIA program.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 1, 2019
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