Apply for the MAAIS program


Successful MAAIS applicants include professionals from diverse industry and academic backgrounds. Each cohort is small (maximum 30 students in Year 1) so that students will benefit from close, personal attention from faculty and staff, while enjoying the perks that come from being a part of a large and dynamic 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' professional experience
  • A B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited university
  • English language proficiency (proficiency in additional languages a plus)
  • International experience (formal or informal)

Application Checklist


Fall 2014 applications for the first MAAIS cohort are currently being reviewed. We will continue to be accept applications from qualified candidates on a space-available basis until June 1st.

MAAIS applicants must submit the following:

  • Official online application to the Graduate School
  • 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  • Writing Sample - published or unpublished - not to exceed 10,000 words, demonstrating ability to write critically and analytically
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • GRE General Test scores sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. (GMAT scores will be considered in lieu of the GRE on a case-by-case basis, in particular for students residing in countries where the GRE is not regularly offered. Contact us to learn more.) Test scores will be accepted through Sunday, May 4.
  • (For international students) TOEFL scores sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. Minimum score is 92. Test scores will be accepted through Sunday, May 4.

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.

The Admissions Team may schedule telephone 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.


English Language Proficiency Requirement


Proof of English language proficiency is required for prospective students whose native language is not English. The MAAIS English proficiency requirement is a score of 92 on the TOEFL iBT (or an IELTS score of 7.0).

What if I don’t meet the English Proficiency Requirement?

If you meet all admission requirements other than the English proficiency requirement, you may still be accepted to the program under the following conditions:

  • You must meet all deadlines and admission requirements other than English proficiency at the time of application.
  • You must have achieved a minimum score of 84 on the TOEFL iBT with no sub-score below 17 (or 6.5 IELTS with no sub-score below 5.5) at the time of application.
  • You must successfully complete one quarter of prescribed Level 5 courses with a minimum proficiency score of 80% for each class in the UW Campus Intensive English Program (IEP) prior to the start of the MAAIS program.*

After successful completion of the IEP requirements, applicants do not have to re-submit TOEFL, IELTS, or other standardized test scores as proof of language proficiency to JSIS.

Participation in the IEP does not constitute admission to the MAAIS Program. Students will not receive official acceptance into the MAAIS program until their final grades for required IEP courses indicate successful completion (as defined above). Students will, however, receive a letter indicating that their MAAIS application was successful and that their final acceptance to the MAAIS program is pending language proficiency requirements.


*Separate application and fees apply to IEP study. For the autumn 2014 MAAIS cohort, students must complete one quarter of study in the IEP Level 5 during summer quarter 2014. IEP LEVEL 5 BEGINS June 17, 2014.


Master of Arts in Applied International Studies
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
800-506-1325 or 206-897-8939