Master of Arts: International Studies | Concordia University Irvine

Master of Arts: International Studies

School of Professional Studies

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 34-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:

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First-Hand Experiences

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Term Start Date
Fall September 2018
Spring March 2019

MAIS students can choose to begin in the Fall or Spring semester. The entire program will take between 16-18 months with a total of 34 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.

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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

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.

Investing in Your Future

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
International Application Processing Fee $150
Tuition $525/unit
*Tuition and fees are listed here for your convenience, but are subject to change. MAIG 515: International Field Work will require additional costs for travel.

Tuition for the Master of Arts: International Studies is competitively priced at $525/unit. Financial aid is available, and military veterans will benefit from Concordia University's status as a Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon institution. For more information about financial aid, please call us at (949) 214-3066.

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