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The Graduate School

International Affairs



The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is an interdisciplinary program offered jointly by eight 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.

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.

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Joshua Gellers
Associate Professor
(904) 620-2849
Building 51, Room 2102

The following items must be submitted no later then the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, 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.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Resume
    • Application essay
      • Include your name and date of submission at the top;
      • Essay should be 1-2 pages long and double-spaced;
      • Describe your interest and/or experience in international affairs;
      • Explain how earning the MA in International Affairs would contribute to the achievement of your professional and personal goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Should be from academic sources