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See our ad (above) in Foreign Affairs' Jan/Feb 2014 issue promoting the Ph.D. in International Studies and the M.A. in Applied International Studies.


Introducing a 10-month degree option for mid-career professionals


December 23, 2013

The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington is accepting applications for its new 10-month M.A. degree in Applied International Studies (MAAIS). This accelerated program is designed for U.S. and international professionals with experience in a variety of fields, including business, government, military, philanthropy and international development.

Resat KasabaThe MAAIS program will benefit from Seattle’s relationships with Asian countries as a significant port city and trade partner, and the region’s many international leaders in business, technology, non-governmental organizations and global health. MAAIS students will engage with Jackson School faculty to study the complex interactions among major regions of the world that drive global events.

“Over the years we have received many requests for such a program from public and private agencies and foreign governments that are interested in providing their employees with the skills necessary to be successful in our interconnected world. We are pleased to be able to respond to this demand and put together a world-class program,” said Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba.

“We need to prepare students for a world in which NGOs, businesses and governments are working together to tackle increasingly complex global challenges,” said Jennifer Butte-Dahl, MAAIS program director. “This is an area in which Seattle has so much to offer, and we want to tap into that well of expertise.”

Butte-Dahl brings to the University of Washington an international background that started out in the business sector. She worked in South Africa with a small non-profit and later in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates in the telecommunications industry.

After graduating from Georgetown with a Master of Science in Foreign Service, Butte-Dahl began a career with the State Department, working in Washington, D.C., and abroad. During the course of her State Department career, she managed relations with the U.S. Congress on Middle East policy, served as the political advisor to a U.S. Army general charged with liaising between Israeli and Palestinian security forces in Jerusalem, worked for the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, and served as a senior advisor to the Deputy Secretary for Resources and Management.

Butte-Dahl has lived in Seattle, the city where she spent her early years, since 2011. “I’ve always loved the Pacific Northwest,” she said.

The first MAAIS cohort will begin in Autumn Quarter 2014 and conclude after Summer “A term,” in July 2015. Applications are due April 4, 2014.

For more information and to apply, visit, email or call 206-897-8939 (toll free 800-506-1325).

- By Kristina Bowman, Jackson School Communications,