Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us if your question is not listed below.

  1. What is the minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) required for admission?
  2. Are international students able to apply for the program?
  3. What minimum GRE scores are required for admission? Can I substitute the GMAT?
  4. Are international student applicants required to submit a TOEFL score?
  5. What if I don’t meet the English Proficiency Requirement?
  6. Can I apply if I do not have 5 years of work experience?
  7. Can I apply if my undergraduate degree was not in International Studies or a related field?
  8. Can I start the program in another term besides autumn?
  9. Who can I contact to learn more about the program?
  10. Are MAAIS students eligible for financial aid?
  11. Are scholarships available?
  12. When should I arrive on campus?
  13. Who can help me find housing?
  14. What courses will I take while in the program?
  15. Does the MAAIS program allow me to take courses of my own choosing?
  16. Can I take additional courses, including foreign language courses, in addition to the MAAIS program requirements?
  17. Will I be able to work while I am a student in the program?

 

Applying for the MAAIS Program

1. What is the minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) required for admission?

We do not have a minimum GPA score for applicants; we are look holistically at applicants’ educational and professional experience.

2. Are international students able to apply for the program?

Absolutely! We welcome students from around the world.

3. What minimum GRE scores are required for admission? Can I substitute the GMAT?

We do not have a minimum GRE score. Applicants may substitute a GMAT score on a case-by-case basis with approval from the Jackson School prior to the application deadline.

4. Are international student applicants required to submit a TOEFL score?

Yes, TOEFL scores are required. The minimum iBT score is 92. If you meet all admission requirements other than the English proficiency requirement, you may still be accepted to the program under certain conditions. See the MAAIS apply page for more information.

5. 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. Students must complete one quarter of study in the IEP Level 5 during summer quarter prior to the program start in autumn. IEP LEVEL 5 begins in June.

6. Can I apply if I do not have 5 years of work experience?

Our goal is to assemble a student cohort in which each individual brings with them a wealth of experience and insight to share with their peers. Five years of professional experience is a minimum requirement for the program, although an exceptional candidate who is just under the threshold may be considered.

7. Can I apply if my undergraduate degree was not in International Studies or a related field?

Yes. We are looking to bring together a cohort of U.S. and international professionals with a diverse range of professional and academic experience.

8. Can I start the program in another term besides autumn?

MAAIS students complete the program as a cohort. The instruction begins in September and runs through the end of the Summer Quarter A-term.

The UW calendar is here.

There will be an MAAIS program orientation that begins shortly before the fall term.

9. Who can I contact to learn more about the program?

Andrea Sadlier, Graduate Program Advisor, 206-221-8577 or maais@uw.edu

 

Tuition, Fees & Funding Your Degree

10. Are MAAIS students eligible for financial aid?

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other eligible non-citizens may apply for financial aid for the MAAIS program. Eligibility requirements are listed here.

11. Are scholarships available?

The MAAIS program will offer a limited number of partial fellowships. Additional information is provided on the Costs and Financial Assistance tab of the MAAIS website.

 

Moving to Seattle

12. When should I arrive on campus?

Classes begin in late September. We recommend that you arrive in Seattle at least a week in advance, check the UW Academic Calendar for dates of instruction. Admitted students will be informed of the Orientation Schedule prior to the beginning of classes.

13. Who can help me find housing?

JSIS and/or the MAAIS program does not make housing arrangements; we recommend that you arrange for housing well before your arrival. Some places to start your search: 

 

Once You Are a Student

14. What courses will I take while in the program?

Courses are listed on the Curriculum tab of the MAAIS website.  

15. Does the MAAIS program allow me to take courses of my own choosing?

Yes. The MAAIS curriculum includes two electives (one in the Winter and one in the Spring). MAAIS students may register for courses during Period II of UW registration.

16. Can I take additional courses, including foreign language courses, in addition to the MAAIS program requirements?

Yes. MAAIS students may take additional courses outside of the MAAIS program on a “space-available” basis, and for an additional fee. MAAIS students are charged the standard rate of $814 per credit for all classes.

17. Will I be able to work while I am a student in the program?

The MAAIS program is designed for full-time students. Courses will be scheduled Monday through Thursday during regular working hours (9am-6pm). Additional mandatory activities will be scheduled on Fridays and on the occasional evening.


 

Master of Arts in Applied International Studies
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
206-221-8577
maais@uw.edu