The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) consists of 58 credits, including a mix of MAAIS and Jackson School core and elective courses (37 credits); UW elective courses (8 credits, some of which may also be used for an independent study project or internship); a three-quarter Professional Development Practicum; a two-quarter Applied Research Client Project (9 credits); and a Crisis Negotiation exercise (4 credits).
The MAAIS curriculum draws on the Jackson School’s strengths — world-class faculty and a commitment to interdisciplinary and comparative teaching on the world’s regions, cultures and languages. Through coursework and other activities, you will also engage with global practitioners and Civic Council members who represent leading international companies and organizations influencing global policy and decision-making.
The following Core courses are required in order to graduate. These courses are offered once per year.
- JSIS 500 Origins of the Modern World
- JSIS 546 Modernity After Empire: A View from the Global South
- JSIS 531 Asia in the Contemporary World
- JSIS 544 Applied Research Client Project — Part I
- JSIS 545 Applied Research Client Project — Part II
- JSIS 549 Crisis Negotiation
- MAAIS 550 Professional Development Practicum
Students take at least 22 elective credits within the Jackson School. They may choose to take the additional required 8 UW credits within the Jackson School as well. In addition to the recommended courses listed below, students may choose from the full Jackson School offering. Be sure to note the quarter in which each course is offered. Courses are adjusted annually in order to keep up with a dynamic and changing world.
- JSIS 532 Global Challenges: Multi-Stakeholder Solutions
- JSIS 534 Legal Foundations of World Order
- JSIS 542 Dimensions of Security
- JSIS 578 Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy
- JSIS 540 Economics and Politics of International Development
- JSIS 537 Trends in International Migration
- JSIS 541 Religion, Politics, and International Conflict
- JSIS B 557 Geopolitics of Energy
- JSIS 5XX Tools to End Conflict and Rebuild
- JSIS 535 Technology, Society and the Future
- JSIS 578 Cross-Cultural Religious Literacy
- JSIS 539 U.S. Foreign Policy and International Engagement
You may choose to complete the program over two years. This option is only available with an autumn start. View a sample course schedule to see how this program option works.
12-Month, Winter Start Option
Alternatively, you may choose to complete the program over 12 months, beginning in winter quarter and completing the program the following autumn.