Program Overview

The UW Master of Arts in Applied International Studies is global in scope and multidisciplinary in nature. The MAAIS curriculum prepares you to succeed in the increasingly complex and interconnected world of international affairs.

The MAAIS degree is designed for professionals looking to broaden their global perspective; dive into the political, social, economic and cultural aspects of international policy and decision making; and more effectively engage with governments, international and nongovernmental organizations, foundations and companies to tackle critical global challenges.

MAAIS Program Highlights

  • Multidisciplinary Perspective: The program curriculum provides a holistic approach to international affairs, integrating and exploring the intersections of diplomacy, development, security and business.
  • Powerful Networking Opportunities: Connect with thought leaders in international affairs, including representatives from renowned Seattle-area business, government and philanthropic organizations; learn from expert faculty and guest lecturers and participate in field visits, simulations and public events.
  • Real-World Training: Team-based activities and capstone projects conducted in collaboration with Civic Council partners give you the chance to tackle topical challenges, engage in hands-on simulation exercises and deliver actionable policy recommendations to industry leaders.
  • Career Skills and Competencies: Program coursework teaches the concrete skills and competencies needed to succeed in the workplace, including media training, advocacy, risk assessment, public speaking, policy writing and crisis decision making.

The MAAIS degree is offered by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and is supported by UW Professional & Continuing Education.

Program Format

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The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies runs from late September to July each year. Students may choose between a 10-month, intensive full-time program and a two-year, part-time offering. See Courses & Curriculum for details.

MAAIS students attend all classes in person on the UW Seattle campus. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday during the day, with occasional activities on evenings and weekends. The official name of the degree as it appears on your transcript is Master of Arts in International Studies (Applied International Studies Option).

 

Who Should Apply

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Our mid-career program is designed for professionals looking to broaden their global perspectives and more effectively engage with governments, international and nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and companies to tackle critical global challenges. See the Admissions page for more details.