‌Hel‌lo and welcome,

On behalf of everyone here at University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration program, I would like to extend to you an enthusiastic welcome. We are grateful that you are considering the MAIA program for this next step in your academic and professional development.

Our course of study is unique and your contributions will make it still more so. With courses designed to deepen and broaden your understanding of administrative matters – from questions of global health, humanitarian engagement, business and security – and professors dedicated to your success, the MAIA program seeks to make your time with us enriching on many levels.

In our staff, you will find an invaluable resource, eager to be of assistance in their administrative and advisement capacities. And, I know you will find with your fellow students, faculty and staff, the sense of community so important in graduate study. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a series of special co-curricular programs, a range of guest speakers and the extraordinary abundance of events – from music to public lectures and theater - associated with the University of Miami.

We face a world with so many needs, with so many opportunities. With humility and a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to engage them, we will happily embark together on what I know will be an exciting academic and professional experience.‌


Dr. Bradford R. McGuinn         ‌  
Director, MAIA Program

Admissions Requirements

Domestic students interested in applying to the Master of Arts in International Administration should submit the following:

  • Complete Online Application Form - https://www.applyweb.com/miamigrd/index.html        
  • $85.00 non-refundable application fee paid online upon submission of the application        
  • Statement of Purpose        
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation:  one (1) from a Professor/Faculty (Required), two (2) preferably from an employer, colleague, or professional source        
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution (University/College) attended (even if only one course)        
  • An acceptable undergraduate grade point average (GPA). The GPA of the typical applicant is at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.        
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.*        
  • Resume (If available)

All applicants to the University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) Program must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)* and have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or higher.  Those who hold a Masters or Ph.D. degree from an accredited institution of higher education are exempt from this requirement. Professional experience will also be taken into account.  Applicants that have four (4) or more years of relevant administrative professional work experience may be eligible for a waiver. Each application is individually reviewed and eligibility for a waiver remains at the discretion of the MAIA Program Director.  Please submit a current resume for review.

*GMAT and LSAT scores are also accepted. 

International Student Admissions Requirements

International students must comply with all the general admissions requirements indicated above and also submit the following:

  • Submit official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended (including US universities).  All transcripts and diplomas must be in their original language with a certified English translation of both the transcript and the diploma.        
  • Photocopies of all the diplomas        
  • Copy of their passport        
  • Bank Statement or Sponsorship letter within six (6) months        
  • Official scores for the TOEFL or IELTS exam

International applicants must take the GRE and those whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (IBT). The IELTS is now also accepted. The minimum passing score is 6.5. More information can be found at www.miami.edu/toefl

For more information please visit the International Student and Scholar Services homepage.

Statement of Purpose Writing

The statement of purpose is the most important element of your application packet. This letter needs to reflect who you are, your goals and why you would be an asset to the MAIA Program. It is very important to ensure it is grammatically correct and as detailed as possible.  The statement of purpose should be no more than two (2) pages in length.  Below is a link to help you get started.  Please review before you submit.


Document Submission

Documents should be mailed to the addresses below.  Please note that if sending the documentation via special courier service, they should be sent to the physical address

Physical Address:
University of Miami, Master of Arts in International Administration
1300 Campo Sano Avenue, Suite 215
Coral Gables, FL 33146-4420

Mailing Address:
University of Miami, Master of Arts in International Administration
P.O. Box 248304
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4420

Admissions Deadlines


Priority Consideration:  Submission by February 15th
Early Consideration:    Submission by April 15th

Priority Consideration:  Submission by October 15th
Early Consideration:    Submission by November 15th

Students opting to pursue the General/Human Rights or Security Concentrations may be admitted for the Summer Semester.


Institution Code:  5815
Departmental Code: 5101


Institution Code: 7NV-S1-96

Need Based Finanical Assistance

To be eligible for need-based aid, U.S. citizens are encouraged to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our Office of Financial Assistance will guide you through the process of applying for and receiving a need-based financial aid award. Click Here to learn more about need-based financial aid.

Code:  001536

FAFSA Application

For more options on funding possibilities, short-term loans, and fellowships please visit the Graduate School web page.

International Student Funding Sources

Organization of American States (OAS) Scholarships for graduate students
The OAS offers scholarships to citizens or permanent residents of OAS Member States. Visit: www.oas.org  to apply for a scholarship for students pursuing master’s, or doctorate degree. For further information contact: scholarships@oas.org.

Interest-free loans for international students studying in the U.S.
The Rowe Fund assist students with expenditures not covered by their main source of funding.  For further information visit: www.oas.org/en/rowefund

Veteran Affairs

The MAIA Program is particularly interested in providing training opportunities for veterans from the U.S. Armed Forces, and is an active participant in The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which enables eligible veterans and family members to apply their post 9/11 GI Bill to help cover the expenses of earning a Master’s degree.  For more information and assistance please contact the Registrar’s office.

Ms. Esther Brito Molina
Supervisor, Veteran’s Affairs, Student Services
Supervisor, Veteran’s Affairs, Registration and Transcripts
Campus Location:
Whitten University Center (UC), Room 121
1306 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone #: (305) 284-6418
E-mail:  e.m.b.fernandez@miami.edu

Veterans are encouraged to also visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 GI Bill website for more information and to determine eligibility.

Office of Student Account Services

Monthly Payment Plans and Loans

Campus Location:
Ashe Administration Building, Room 158
1252 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone #: (305) 284-6430 (Option5)


Graduate students are classified as full-time if they carry nine (9) or more credits in a regular semester, in which case mandatory fees will apply. Please see the current 2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin for more information. 

2016-2017 Tuition Rates and Fees

Student Health Services

An insurance fee is required of all new and transfer domestic degree seeking students enrolled in six or more credit hours per semester, as well as all international students. The fee is automatically charged each year. Students with comparable insurance coverage may request a waiver by completing an Insurance Waiver form that is available from the Student Health Center.

Location:  Lennar Foundation Medical Center, 5555 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL  33146

Where can I park at the Lennar Foundation Medical Center ?  Parking for the Lennar Foundation Medical Center will be located in the Ponce Parking Garage.

Where will the entrance to the Student Health Service be?   The entrance for the Student Health Service will be on the west side of the building facing the Central Energy Plant. 

Students must meet deadlines as specified by the Health Center in order to receive approval of a waiver. All inquiries should be directed to Student Health Services.  Please CLICK here for more details.

Also, all new students are required to provide proof of immunization.  An immunization form must be completed and immunization information must be entered at mystudenthealth.miami.edu.

Housing Information

The University of Miami does not offer on-campus housing for graduate students.  To help you with your search please visit the off-campus housing website.