Concordia University - Irvine

School of Business

Master of Arts in International Studies



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

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

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Concordia University, located in Southern California, is an accredited Christian university offering a Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) degree with concentrations in International Business, International Education, and International Development alongside a 10 or 12-month salaried teaching contract in the People's Republic of China.

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, business and sustainable development 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, Kunming and their nearby 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
  • Intensive Mandarin learning opportunity available upon request
  • China Employment Benefits:
  • Monthly salary (amount dependent upon qualifications and placement)
  • Housing or housing allowance
  • Legal work visa in China
  • Reimbursement of round-trip economy class air ticket (China-US)

What do you do with your M.A. 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
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures

Application deadlines:

  • Early deadline: December 1st  
  • Regular deadline: March 1st
  • ($50/$150 application fee US/Int’l)


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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