Your Gateway to Global Thinking

There’s never been a better time to address vital issues facing the global community. Concordia University Irvine's accelerated and customizable 32-unit graduate degree program will allow you to gain an understanding of the integration between business and culture while developing ethical leadership skills to serve with integrity and sensitivity. Your Master of Arts in International Studies can be completed in 16-18 months online. After the core courses that equip you with a comprehensive grasp of the various aspects of international studies, you participate in international field work coordinated and led by the program faculty.

Building on a well-rounded foundation of global studies core courses, you can choose from one of 4 global regions to focus your International Studies graduate degree: Africa, China, Southeast Asia, or Latin America.

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Finish in Two Years

Term Start Date
Summer I 2020 May 11
Summer II 2020 June 28
Fall I 2020 August 31
Fall II 2020 October 25
Spring I 2021 January 11
Spring II 2021 March 8

The entire MAIS program will take between 16-18 months with a total of 32 credits. After the core courses, you participate in international fieldwork for 3 weeks in a region of your choice, coordinated and led by the program faculty who are also field practitioners.

All students who start the MAIS program in the Fall 2020 term will be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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Are you ready to get started? You will find the M.A. International Studies application for admission along with all supporting materials in our online application.

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Dr. Yi Schuler
Director of MAIS Program
Professor of International Studies

Professors with a Global Mindset

Our faculty and staff come from diverse backgrounds and fields but what they share is real world experience, extraordinary expertise, a Christian faith-based perspective, and a commitment to our students and their success. When it comes time to write your thesis, you will work one-on-one with a faculty thesis advisor who will provide oversight, counsel, and collaboration in this culminating project of your global studies experience.
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Meet our Faculty

Where Our Alumni Are Working

While a degree in International Studies does not lead to a specific career in the way that other pursuits like accounting or teaching might, studying international relations cultivates skills in speech and writing, analytical skills, and a detailed knowledge of global relations. In turn, this degree prepares students for careers in government, journalism, law, non-profit leadership, non-governmental organizations, international affairs, international business, teaching, and research.

  • Oakley
  • Phoenix International Freight
  • Aramco Oil Company, Saudi Arabia
  • JUMP! Foundation
  • U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh
  • Safehouse International
  • Hangzhou Normal University
  • Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Globalize Your Resume

Our graduates are engaged in different industries or sectors depending on their goals and the concentration they chose within their MAIS degree program at Concordia. In summary, here is what our alumni are doing:

  • Pursuing doctoral degrees
  • Pursuing a law degree
  • Teaching and working in China
  • Working at US State Department and Foreign Services
  • Working at Non-Government Organizations
  • Private Sector: International Business
  • Private Sector: Nonprofit
  • Private Sector: International Banking and Finance
  • Teaching at private school or junior college
  • Study abroad advisor at colleges and universities
  • International student advisor/program coordinator
  • Student affairs staff at colleges and universities
  • International and charter school teachers
  • Educational program designers, implementers, and evaluators
  • Curriculum designers
  • Educational researchers
  • Educational consultants
  • Educational entrepreneurs
  • Working in missions organizations

Discover Why Students Succeed with Concordia Online Degrees

Very few online degree programs can claim to be a “community of learning,” since coursework is completed primarily through reading articles in text heavy units and posting to discussion forums. Concordia University’s online education ascribes to a different model in which "real time," synchronous learning experiences comprise a certain percentage of every course, bringing you face-to-face with our outstanding faculty and nationally recognized programs.

MAIS students will enjoy blended learning with the experience of international travel in a region of their choice. The field work is a continuation of the students’ learning, providing a rich context for applying their academic knowledge, a social laboratory to conduct project observation and research, and a setting for establishing and deepening relationships with those residing in their chosen regional community.

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