Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA)

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL


Details at a Glance

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Degrees Offered

Master of Arts
Master of Public Health
Master of Public Administration

Our Program

Do something that matters. Earn your degree at the crossroads of the world.

The Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program is designed to prepare students for careers in the administration of public and private organizations. It is an interdisciplinary graduate degree. Students learn how to identify, analyze, and manage complex problems that confront modern institutions. The program combines academic considerations of politics and culture with those of business, finance, and management to provide participants with the skills necessary to pursue a range of career objectives in both domestic and international careers. NO GRE REQUIRED!

Student learning outcomes for the MAIA program encompass five core domains of study, reflected in the required coursework:

World Politics and Diplomacy

International Organizations

Global Cultures

International Political Economy

Strategic Management

MAIA offers you:

30-Credit hours of coursework

Individualized advising

Full or part-time enrollment

A variety of year round classes - evenings, summers, and online

A fast-track (1 year) option for completion

Co-curricular professional development seminars

Networking events

Internship opportunities at the local, national, and international levels

Travel courses

Concentrations in Security Management, Health Equity & Human Rights, Risk Communication, and Geospatial Technology

The MAIA program also offers two dual degree options, for those interested in multiple areas who would like to economize their time in graduate school. Dual degrees are ideal for students who with to reinforce their credibility, expand their employment options, and interact with faculty across an even wider variety of units.

MAIA/Master of Public Administration (MAIA/MPA, 60 credits)

MAIA/Master of Public Health (MAIA/MPH, 60 credits)

Certificates are also available for those who want to enhance their professional portfolio but may not have time to complete a full degree. Certificates are 15 credits/5 classes and can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or as part of the full MAIA degree. Currently, we offer certificate programs in:

Security Management

Geospatial Technology (GIS)


  • Application Fee



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Additional Requirements

The MAIA program accepts rolling admissions. Interested students may apply to the program at any time.

Domestic Admissions

Domestic students interested in applying to the Master of Arts in International Administration program should submit the following:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Online application form

Original transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended

$85.00 non-refundable application fee

Statement of Purpose

Three letters of recommendation


Interview (in person, phone or web/video)

No GRE Required

International Admissions

International students must comply with all the general admissions requirements indicated above and must also submit the following:

Submit official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended (including U.S. universities)

All transcripts and diplomas must be in their original language with a certified English translation of both the transcript and the diploma

Photocopies of all diplomas

Copy of passport

Bank statement or sponsorship letter within the last six (6) months

Official scores for the TOEFL or IELTS exam

$500.00 non-refundable holding fee, payable upon acceptance.

International applicants must take the GRE. Those students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (IBT). The IELTS is now also accepted. The minimum passing score is 6.5.

Application Deadline

The MAIA program admits on a rolling schedule, year-round.

Student Body


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Clubs & Associations

Students of all majors are welcome! Whether you are interested in government service, non-profit organizations, NGO's, or international for-profit organizations, MAIA can help you advance professionally. 

The MAIA student body is among the most diverse in the nation. Alumni of the MAIA program represent some twenty nations, from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, to Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Our students come to study international administration from a variety of professions, including communications, business, medicine, law and education. The result is an unusually dynamic and mutually enriching learning environment.

What Our Students Say

  • I am fortunate to have received an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment at the University of Miami. The support of the professors and career development staff helped me expand my perspectives, and introduced me to a wide range of inspiring people. Most important, UM supported my passion to pursue entrepreneurial projects in global public health. MAIA prepared me to be successful in my endeavors.

    Andrew Fisher, Director of Practice Operations & Innovation - Florida Cancer Specialists, MAIA/MPH Dual Degree ‘16
  • My favorite thing about the MAIA program was the ability to tailor my education to meet my goals. For example, I focused heavily on issues related to women and girls worldwide, which my professors allowed me to do within the confines of their assignments.

    Jamie Everett, Director of Operations - Refugee Assistance Alliance, MAIA ‘14
  • After serving four years active duty, I came back to UM to get my MAIA degree. I got the opportunity for my current position as CEO of a national behavioral healthcare company because I saw the need to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment for veterans, first responders, and their families.

    Eric Golnick, CEO - Veterans and First Responders Health Care, MAIA ‘14

Tuition & Financial Aid

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