Concordia University - Irvine

School of Business

Master of Arts in International Studies


1530 Concordia West

Irvine, CA 92612

United States


(949) 854-8002

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - International Studies Concentrations in: International Education, International Business, International Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This unique program offers you the opportunity to: Study, research and gain first-hand experience in the political, economic, cultural and social life of contemporary China. Explore the strategic opportunities in one of the world's largest and fastest growing economies. Develop meaningful relationships with Chinese business leaders, educators, professionals and community members. Influence and impact the lives of a generation of young people in China. Acquire practical knowledge of educational and business contexts and practices, providers and clients, products and services, strategies and obstacles. Receive a graduate education with a year-long stay in China.

Program at a glance:

  • Academic degree program (MA degree) with Concordia University Irvine
  • Concurrent China employment with full benefits (teaching English or teaching a subject of your strength in English)
  • Cities to work at in China: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Kunming and other cities
  • Supervision and support from our representative office in China
  • Three concentrations to choose from: International Business, International Education and International Development
  • Accelerated program: 12-18 months to complete
  • One summer semester on US campus, with the rest of the semesters in China
  • TESOL certificate awarded before going to China
  • Dual MAIS/MBA degree program available upon additional request
  • No prior Mandarin language skills required (proficient Mandarin-speaking applicants will benefit by opting out of the Mandarin course, though)
  • Cohort-based program that starts every June
  • Networking opportunities and more
  • Field thesis research in China
  • No GRE/GMAT required

China Employment Benefits:

  • Monthly salary (dependent upon qualifications and placement)
  • Housing or housing allowance
  • Legal work visa in China
  • Reimbursement of round economy class air ticket (China-US) What do you do with your MA degree:
  • Doctoral/advanced professional studies
  • NPB/NGP Work
  • US Foreign Service
  • Mediation/conflict Resolution
  • International Education
  • Corporate & Workplace Training
  • Global Marketing & Consulting
  • Multinational Import& Export


Concordia University is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

International Student Requirements:

Hold a bachelor’s degree; • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA • Are native English speakers or equivalent • Desire to teach in a new cultural settings • Are prepared to learn, serve, and lead • Posses cultural sensitivity, responsibility, diligence, resilience, independence, and ethical character

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 38

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $635 USD

Classification: Master's College or University II

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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