Core Courses

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Our program of study assists students in the identification, analysis and management of the complex problems that confront modern institutions. It combines academic considerations of politics and culture with those of business, finance and management to provide students with the skills necessary to pursue a range of career objectives in both domestic and international contexts.

Develop Your Skills

The University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration Program is a graduate degree designed to prepare students for careers in the administration of public and private organizations. We seek to help students to further develop their skills in writing, public speaking and critical thinking. It is our objective to provide students with the specific insights as well as the frameworks required to best navigate complicated social problems at the international level in ways that make your contribution to the organization or institution to which you become associated an indispensable one.

Core Courses - 18 Credits

  • IGS 611 - International Organizations

    This course covers the entire spectrum of international organizations, and the theoretical and practical issues related to international organizations. These issues include peace and security, human rights, and economic development.

  • IGS 612 - International Administration

    Presents a broad overview of concepts, theories, processes, and practical global challenges confronting professional public/nonprofit managers; discusses contemporary issues facing multi-national corporations, non-government organizations, and public agencies; and analyzes the similarities and differences between public, non-profit and private management.

  • IGS 613 - Global Cultures: Religion, Communication, and Security

    An overview of world religions and cultures as a backdrop of effective communication for international professionals. Religious and political conflicts have increasingly become a staple of our complex, globalized world. As a result, it is important for professionals working with international and non-governmental organizations to understand the religions and the cultures of the world to better facilitate their work in different societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Since religion is an integral part of many cultures, understanding the religous implications of certain activities is important in navigating certain societies and facilitating the work of professionals, especially in regions where religion and political violence dominate foreign relations and foreign policy.

  • IGS 614 - World Affairs and Diplomacy

    This course introduces the conceptual basics of international relations and trains students in analytical and critical thinking skills through familiarity with the broad palette of issues and actors that make up today's world politics. Topics include the origins of the state and its changing role in today's world and an examination of the actors in international relations and the issues before them.

  • IGS 615 - International Political Economy

    Reviews the essentials of International Economics. It then provides students with an operational understanding of the theory of comparative advantage and its application to policy issues.

  • IGS 616 - International Leadership, Strategy, and Decision-Making

    Explores organizations from the strategic perspective of the leader, identifying common elements of thinking, structure, measures, outcomes, issues, and challenges faced by those who seek leadership roles in international administration.

Elective Courses - 9 Credits

Click here to view the elective courses offered by the MAIA program. You may choose to take electives in any of the following content areas within other academic units of the university:

  • Human Rights
  • Security Management
  • Public/Global Health
  • Strategic Communication
  • International Business
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Regional Studies (e.g. Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East)

The Capstone - 3 Credits

Students can chose two approaches to their capstone project. One involves a 200-hour internship with an organization culminating in a practicum report. The other involves writing a research paper on a topic in the area of your concentration.