Apply for the MAAIS program


Successful applicants include professionals from diverse industry, academic, and geographic backgrounds. The MAAIS cohort is small, and students benefit from close, personal attention from faculty and staff. At the same time they enjoy the perks that come from being part of the Jackson School's diverse graduate program (encompassing nine regional and global Master of Arts degrees) within a large public American university. The MAAIS ten-month intensive program takes place at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, located just north of downtown on the shores of Lake Washington. Students enjoy modern academic facilities, seventeen specialized libraries, state-of-the-art workout facilities, and the energy and excitement of Washington Husky sports. The Seattle campus also offers spectacular views of Lake Washington, as well as the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. An array of outdoor activities awaits students just off-campus, including water and snow skiing, sailing, hiking, and more.

Successful MAAIS candidates should possess:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • A B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited university
  • International experience (formal or informal)
  • English language proficiency (proficiency in additional languages a plus)


Application Checklist


The Fall 2015 application priority deadline is November 15th, all other applications are due by January 5th.

MAAIS applicants must submit the following:

  • Official online application to the Graduate School Note: When completing the online application to the Graduate School and asked to select your intended program of study, the MAAIS program is listed as International Studies - Applied International Studies.
  • Statement of Purpose: Explain how the MAAIS program fits into your career goals
  • Writing Sample - published or unpublished - not to exceed 10,000 words, demonstrating ability to write critically and analytically
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • [For international students] TOEFL scores sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. Minimum score is 92. For more information about English proficiency see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Admissions Team may schedule interviews with applicants once an application is received. Prospective students are also encouraged to visit the UW campus and meet with members of the MAAIS faculty and staff, or join us at an information session.

GRE scores are not required for admission, however, they are recommended if prior academic performance does not reflect current abilities.

Master of Arts in Applied International Studies
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195