Boston University

Master of Arts in International Affairs


640 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-International Affairs

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the field of international relations after graduation. The program provides the contextual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand the contemporary world in all its complexity, in an environment that combines academic rigor, practical focus, and active discussion. It is appropriate for anyone interested in becoming an international relations professional, regardless of educational background, age, or experience. The MAIA degree is well suited for students with a limited background in the field, such as recent college graduates.

Individuals with seven years or more of experience as international relations professionals may wish to consider our One-Year Mid-Career MA Program. Army Foreign Area Officers interested in doing their civilian schooling at BU should apply for the Mid-Career Program.

The MAIA degree is a two-year program, during which students must complete fifteen regular classes as well as a workshop in which they will write a final MA Paper. The curriculum ensures that graduates will emerge with a comprehensive perspective on international issues and a clear understanding of the means by which these issues are researched, discussed, and acted upon. There is also a strong emphasis on developing students' skills in writing policy-relevant documents. The final MA paper, which each student must orally defend before a panel of three faculty members, reflects that emphasis.

Students with an interest in Africa can complete a Graduate Certificate in African Studies under the joint direction of the IR Department and the African Studies Center. This certificate can be completed as part of students' MAIA coursework. Click here for details on the African Studies Certificate.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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