Program Overview

Capstone & Research Projects

The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies program offers students two unique and immersive learning experiences as they wrap up their graduate study. During spring quarter, students undertake Applied Research Client Projects. These projects provide students with the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with clients across the Pacific Northwest to tackle real world challenges. Our client list is drawn from the MAAIS Civic Council (link) and includes public, private, and non-profit actors engaged in the world from here in Seattle.

During our final four-week summer session, students participate in the annual International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise, co-hosted by the U.S. Army War College. This event drops students into the middle of a high-stakes negotiation. Diplomats, business leaders, and military officers guide teams as they seek to negotiate a solution to an ongoing international crisis. Both experiences offer students an extraordinary opportunity to work closely with leaders across the international affairs arena, explore future career opportunities, and refine their skills in policy writing, oral presentation, negotiation, crisis decision-making, teamwork, and much more.