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Maxwell / Department of Public Administration & International Affairs

MA in International Relations

Combining scholarship and skills to serve global careers

The MAIR offers a flexible 40-credit, 16-month curriculum that includes a range of career track options and professional internship experience(s). Students generally complete two semesters on campus, and then participate in any one of our 20+ Global Programs and/or our Maxwell-in-Washington program over the summer and fall terms to complete their degree.  

The MAIR has five curricular components, as well as language study.

  • Core Courses - prepare students with general knowledge and skills needed in the global workplace. 
  • Career Track - focus studies while also integrating regional knowledge. Interdisciplinary. 
  • Signature Courses - draw fully on the Maxwell School's expertise in public affairs and cutting edge applied social science research. 
  • Capstone Course - taken at the end of the second semester to prepare for the summer internship. 
  • Required Internship - significant professional work experience completed over the summer or final fall semester.
  • Language Proficiency - proficiency in a second language is a graduation requirement (recommended prior to enrollment, but may be enhanced through our global programs).

Serving the internship, Maxwell maintains academic relationships with institutions in nearly 20 countries, and has alumni connections in 149 countries around the world. Plus, our Maxwell-in-Washington program is co-located at the Center for Strategic & International Studies —  our new headquarters for all Washington-based study, and the source of unprecedented collaborative opportunities.

    To learn more, follow the links at left under MAIR. (Want even more detail? Download the MAIR Handbook being used by current students in the program.)

    The Maxwell School is a member of the Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA) and is ranked among the top professional degree programs in international affairs in the world.

    A flexible, 30-credit option is available for mid-career professionals who have significant and relevant experience. See Executive Education

    As a graduate department, the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs does not host undergraduate students. For those students, please see the website of the International Relations Program.