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Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)

The MAIA program is a graduate-level, ten-course, 30 credit-hour program. It consists of four common core courses and six elective courses.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The MAIA program is a graduate-level, ten-course, 30 credit-hour program. It consists of four common core courses and six elective courses. Two of the common core courses provide broad exposure to the field of international relations and public policy. The third core course provides students with the necessary methodological skills to write their fourth core course, which is a Master thesis taken in the students’ last semester. The remaining six courses are electives, and students have a choice to take two courses in each of the following three areas: International Law and Diplomacy, Global Governance and Sustainability, and Security Studies.  

Master of Arts in International Affairs Program Director:
Dr. Elham Seyedsayamdost eseyedsayamdost@aud.edu or 04-3183596

Program Mission

The Mission of the MAIA program is to prepare the next generation of policymakers to serve in national, regional, or local government agencies; international or nongovernmental organizations; or multinational corporations while contributing to the advancement of Emirati and global society.

MAIA Program Goals

  1. To provide students with broad understanding of contemporary issues in international affairs while developing specialized knowledge in the focus areas.
  2. To graduate analytical thinkers and future policy makers who are globally aware and qualified to address transnational challenges through innovative solutions.
  3. To prepare students for global careers in governments, corporations, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
  4. To prepare students to recognize the ethical and social implications of international affairs.

MAIA Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Create innovative solutions that apply analytical and critical thinking skills to understand and interpret local, regional, and global challenges while contributing to Emirati and global society.
  2. Apply strong technology-based research skills to evaluate data from various sources.
  3. Communicate research findings in an effective manner, both orally and in writing, to a wide audience.
  4. Evaluate current international affairs while demonstrating advanced knowledge of the focus areas.
  5. Analyze political, economic, historical and social factors impacting international affairs.
  6. Evaluate ethical and cultural dimensions of complex interdependencies influencing local, regional and global actors.

PROGRAM DETAILS

MAIA Summary of Degree Requirements

Course Classification

Credit Hours Required

Common Core

12

Advanced Electives

18

Total

30


Curriculum/Courses

MAIA Core

Credit Hours

MAIA 600

Fundamentals of International Relations

3

MAIA 610

Research Methodology in Social Sciences

3

MAIA 620

International Policy Analysis

3

MAIA 690

Master Thesis

3

Total Core Requirements

12


MAIA Electives

International Law and Diplomacy (ILD)

Credit Hours

MAIA 630

International Law

3

MAIA 635

International Law and Conflicts in the Middle East

3

MAIA 640

Theory and Practice of Diplomacy

3

MAIA 642

Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power

3

Total International Law and Diplomacy Requirements

6

Global Governance and Sustainability (GGS)

Credit Hours

MAIA 650

Environmental Governance and Sustainability

3

MAIA 652

Migration Governance and Humanitarianism

3

MAIA 660

Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development

3

MAIA 665

Public Health and Sustainable Development

3

Total Global Governance and Sustainability Requirements

6

Security Studies (SEC)

Credit Hours

MAIA 670

Conflict Resolution Strategies in Theory and Practice

3

MAIA 675

War and Technology in the 21st Century

3

MAIA 682

Transnational Trafficking

3

MAIA 685

Human Security and the Middle East

3

Total Security Studies Requirements

6

Total Electives Requirements

18


For the full course details and sequencing click here.

FACULTY

Acting Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of International Studies
Elham Seyedsayamdost
Biography
Associate Professor of International Studies
Omar Bortolazzi
Biography
Associate Professor of Social Sciences
Deniz Gökalp
Biography
Assistant Professor of International Studies
Indrakshi Tandon
Biography
Professor of Health and Life Sciences
Meis Moukayed
Biography