M.A. in Applied International Studies

Navigate The New Global Landscape

Earn a Master's Degree in Applied International Studies

An expanding community of stakeholders is now engaged in creating global opportunity and tackling critical global challenges. The MAAIS curriculum gives you a solid understanding of this rapidly changing environment and a multidisciplinary perspective on the pressing issues facing international affairs practitioners today. At the same time, the program provides you with a chance to develop and refine the professional skills necessary for leaders in all sectors, including public speaking and presentation, policy writing, negotiation, media engagement, and crisis management and decision-making.

Accelerate your career and broaden your worldview with a Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) from the University of Washington. You may choose to complete the MAAIS program in 10 months or two years. The program is offered by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, a leading institution of area studies that is located in Seattle, a global center for trade and industry set strategically on the Pacific Rim.

Connect With Thought Leaders in a Pioneering Global City

The University of Washington is located in the heart of Seattle, a hub of technology and innovation. In the MAAIS program you’ll have the opportunity to engage with some of the region’s major players and thought leaders through the Civic Council. The council is made up of corporate, nongovernmental, political and security sector figures from companies and organizations directly impacting the world economy and political climate, and influencing global policy and decision making.

MAAIS Civic Council members – who represent organizations such as Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, PATH and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – bring their expertise and diverse perspectives to the MAAIS program through special lectures, field trips, simulations and group projects, offering networking opportunities and helping you stay relevant and current.

Earn Your Degree at a World-Class Institution

The Jackson School is a globally recognized institution for international studies and a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). Featuring a diverse faculty with global expertise, the Jackson School is ranked among the leading international studies schools in the world. Graduates of the MAAIS program emerge with valuable knowledge, practical skills and powerful professional connections.


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