Graduate Programs for Aspiring Global Leaders
Equipping Students With the Skills and Experience to Tackle Large-Scale Crises
With its “Do Something That Matters” tagline and location in a dynamic, global city, the University of Miami’s MA in International Administration (MAIA) program seeks students who have the determination to tackle the large-scale crises that confront our world.
“We live in an environment of constant, intersecting crises, so we look for students with the potential to become what we think of as international civil servants who are equipped to manage crises that involve public health, natural disasters, and human-generated violence,” says Bradford R. McGuinn, director of the MAIA program.
McGuinn encourages applicants to submit personal statements that are “well-crafted stories” of their experience, academic interests and activities, and volunteer work. “Take yourself out of yourself and ask how you can use your time and talents for the betterment of others.”
The MAIA program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares students for careers in the administration of public and private organizations in the United States and abroad. Students take core courses in various aspects of international affairs that include economics, global health, migration, and geopolitics. Many courses include tabletop exercises designed by practitioners that put theory and research into practice—an important component of the program.
McGuinn’s “Disaster Response and Humanitarian Intervention” course includes a tabletop exercise designed by a security expert who has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It requires students to assume different roles and responsibilities in the management of a flood, tornado, or other natural disaster.
Leonidas G. Bachas, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, encourages applicants to be open-minded about the possibilities of an MAIA degree. “The MAIA program offers a range of compelling benefits that can significantly enhance your career prospects and personal growth,” Bachas says. “Irrespective of your future career path, students will engage with matters of security, sustainability, resilience, and recovery. These are concepts relevant across various fields and professions.”
Intelligence Expert to Join MAIA Faculty
This fall, MAIA students have the opportunity to study with leading East Asia expert Katrin Fraser Katz, a former director for Japan, Korea, and oceanic affairs at the National Security Council. As a scholar-in-residence, Katz will teach the “Intelligence and National Security” course and share her expertise in the interplay of cooperation and conflict in East Asia’s political, economic, and security dynamics. Previously, Katz served as a special assistant at the US Department of State and an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Graduate Programs for Aspiring Global Leaders
- Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
- University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs
- Yale University, Jackson School of Global Affairs
- Seton Hall University, School of Diplomacy and International Relations
- American University, School of International Service
- The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
- Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
- University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
- George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government
- Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government & Public Service
- Princeton University, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
- George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
- University of Miami, College of Arts and Sciences
- Augusta University, Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
- University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
- Penn State University, School of International Affairs