Globalization of economic, political, social and cultural activity has created opportunities and challenges for tomorrow's leaders in international affairs. Rarely have we lived in such an uncertain world. As a result, the need for increased international understanding and cooperation has become essential.
The Elliott School's M.A. in International Affairs program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the contemporary issues in international affairs while developing an in-depth knowledge of at least one specialized area at either the global or regional level.
Students in the Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) program will gain a a fundamental understanding of key political, economic, and historic issues in international affairs. You'll begin with three to four core courses before moving on to either a regional or global field to fulfill the elective requirements.
If you find you're interested in studying conflict and extremism in the Middle East or the changing economies in Latin America, you can choose a regional field to fulfill your elective requirements.
In our increasingly complex and connected world, international affairs practitioners must be prepared to tackle challenges head-on.
Global Capstone is the culminating experience and signature project for Elliott School graduate students.
When you're ready to apply to the master's program, you will need to follow the graduate admissions process, including completing and submitting the online application with all of the required materials
There are also certain prerequisites that applicants must meet to be able to apply to the program.
Academic coursework in a foreign language, which will prepare students to complete the program’s language requirement*, is required at the time of application. This can be demonstrated by:
*Students need to have a strong foundation in a foreign language before enrolling to be successful in completing the language requirement during the program.
Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite to help prepare students to complete the graduate-level economics course(s) required within the M.A. in International Affairs curriculum. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:
In some cases, a student may be admitted who has not fulfilled the economics requirement*; in which case, the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.
*Spring applicants are expected to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.
Our M.A. in International Affairs graduates continue to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development and public health. For 2016 graduates, the top employers included:
While you study with us and even once you leave, we'll provide you with resources and support to help you get the job you've always wanted post-graduation. From career counseling, workshops, site visits and information sessions, The Graduate Student Career Development Center has a variety of tools and tips to get you to where you want to be.
M.A. in International Affairs
"The MAIA program has effectively given me a toolkit to do policy evaluation with the real-world issues that we explore in the classroom and all throughout Washington, D.C. "