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Master of Arts in International Affairs

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. David Schwam-Baird

(904) 620-1929

Building 51 , Room 2408


Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . November 1

Applications submitted by July 1 and August 14 will be more competitive. Later applications will be considered based on availability of places.
Admission Requirements
University Requirements:
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
Additional Program Requirements:
  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • GRE scores (Institution code: 5490):
    • Prior to July 1, 2011: composite score of 1000 on both verbal and quantitative
    • After July 1, 2011: 153 verbal, 145 quantitative
    • GMAT is acceptable with minimum scores of 30 verbal and 29 quantitative

  • Resume

  • Letter of Intent

  • Two letters of recommendation (should be from academic sources)
Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admission criteria are not met.


Program Overview

The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is an interdisciplinary offered jointly by seven departments across two colleges.  The Departments of Political Science and Public Administration; Economics and Geography; History; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work; Philosophy and Religious Studies offer the common core courses; the Departments of Economics and Geography; English; History; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; and Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work will contribute elective courses.


The MAIA program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, 18 of which are earned through an interdisciplinary common core of required courses: International Relations Theory, Foreign and Security Policy, Research Methods, Globalization and Development, International Economics, and US in World Affairs. Fifteen (15) credit hours are major electives. The final 3 credit hours are earned through a thesis or non-thesis option, the latter of which would involve an internship or study abroad component. Students will have to demonstrate intermediate-level foreign language proficiency either upon admission or graduation.


Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
Two years