What will I learn?

The UW Master of Arts in Applied International Studies is global in scope and multidisciplinary in nature. The MAAIS curriculum prepares you to succeed in the increasingly complex and interconnected world of international affairs.

The MAAIS degree is designed for professionals looking to broaden their global perspective; dive into the political, social, economic and cultural aspects of international policy and decision making; and more effectively engage with governments, international and nongovernmental organizations, foundations and companies to tackle critical global challenges.

MAAIS Program Highlights

  • Multidisciplinary Perspective: The program curriculum provides a holistic approach to international affairs, integrating and exploring the intersections of diplomacy, development, security and business.
  • Powerful Networking Opportunities: Connect with thought leaders in international affairs, including representatives from renowned Seattle-area business, government and philanthropic organizations; learn from expert faculty and guest lecturers and participate in field visits, simulations and public events.
  • Real-World Training: Team-based activities and capstone projects conducted in collaboration with Civic Council partners give you the chance to tackle topical challenges, engage in hands-on simulation exercises and deliver actionable policy recommendations to industry leaders.
  • Career Skills and Competencies: Program coursework teaches the concrete skills and competencies needed to succeed in the workplace, including media training, advocacy, risk assessment, public speaking, policy writing and crisis decision making.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) consists of 58 credits, including a mix of MAAIS and Jackson School core and elective courses (35 credits, some of which may also be used for an independent study project or internship); UW elective courses (10 credits); a three-quarter Professional Development Practicum; a two-quarter Applied Research Client Project (9 credits); and a Crisis Negotiation exercise (4 credits).

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (58 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,150.00 per year
Estimated total cost of degree: USD $39,150
Start date

3 January 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution
A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 graded semester credits or the last 90 graded quarter credits

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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