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Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Arts in International Administration/Master of Public Administration (MAIA/MPA) degree is offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science and the MAIA Program. The International Administration degree with a second master’s degree in Public Administration is designed for students who seek in-depth management skills essential to public and nonprofit organizations oriented towards a diverse metropolitan environment, as well as a deeper understanding of how governments and non-governmental organizations work together in international settings.


Applicants must be admitted into the MAIA and MPA Programs on a separate basis, based on the admissions requirements and procedure of each individual program. Acceptance by one program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance by the other degree program. Both the MPA degree program requires the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as part of the admissions requirements. For students whose native language is not English, successful completion the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination is required for admission into both MAIA and MPA programs.

Dual Degree Curriculum

Program Total Credit Hours: 60
Average Program Duration: 2.5 years

The total requirements for the MAIA/MPA program are 60 credits. These requirements include 39 MPA credits and 21 MAIA credits. Students must be enrolled in both programs concurrently each semester (fall and spring) to avoid being discounted from either program.

MPA Curriculum

Core Courses: 24 Credits

  • POL 601 Budget and Financial Management and Administration (3 credits)
  • POL 606 Organizational Dynamics and Management (3 credits)
  • POL 610 Statistics for Politics and Public Administration (3 credits)
  • POL 622 Introduction to Graduate Public Administration (3 credits)
  • POL 646 Public Policy Process and Implementation (3 credits)
  • POL 647 Human Resource Management in Public Service (3 credits)
  • POL 651 Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors (3 credits)
  • POL 671 Government and Business

Specialized Courses:  12 Credits

Select four courses from those listed below, with at least one course from each of the subfields:

  • Organizational Management and Leadership:
    POL 619 Introduction to Game Theory
    POL 624 Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management
    POL 652 Total Quality Public Service Management
    POL 654 Political Ethics: The Dynamic Dilemmas of Contemporary Leadership
    POL 696 Organizational Security Management
    POL 697 Ending War and Building Peace
  • Equity, Ethics, and Legal Issues in Public Administration:
    POL 626 Administrative Law
    POL 657 Ethical and Managerial Issues in Government, Business, and Non-Profit
    POL 696 Equity and Diversity in Public Administration
    POL 696 Issues in Judicial Politics
  • Issues in Public Policy and Administration:
    POL 625 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
    POL 634 Applied Policy Analysis
    POL 658 From Electronic Government to Digital Governance
    POL 696 Bureaucratic Politics
    POL 696 Money, Power, and Politics in American Cities

MPA Internship (3 credits) 

  • POL 656 Public Service Internship

MAIA Curriculum

Core Courses:  15 Credits

  • IGS 611 International Organization (3 credits)
  • IGS 612 International Administration (3 credits) OR IGS 616 Organizational Administration (3 credits)
  • IGS 613 Global Cultures, Religions, and Communication (3 credits)
  • IGS 614 World Affairs (3 credits)
  • IGS 615 International Economics (3 credits)
Elective Courses:  3 Credits
Students one course from those listed below
  • IGS 644 Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability 
  • IGS 645 Human Security 
  • IGS 646 Civil Security Management
  • IGS 647 Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance
MAIA Capstone – 3 credits
  • IGS 617 Practicum in International Administration (3 credits) OR IGS 820 MAIA Masters Project (3 credits)