Program Overview


Degree Requirements

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 (35 credits, some of which may also be used for an independent study project or internship); UW elective courses (10 credits); 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.

Core Courses

The following Core courses are required in order to graduate. These courses are offered once per year.

Elective Courses

Students take at least 20 elective credits within the Jackson School. They may choose to take the additional required 10 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.

MAAIS Professional Development Series

Students participant in a series of workshops to polish skills essential for international practitioners in all sectors. The series runs throughout the year, more details here.

Two-Year Option

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.