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Program - Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA)

Credit Breakdown

  • 48 credits

    • 18 credits of core courses taken during the first year

    • 18 credits of concentration courses

    • 12 credits of elective courses

  • Core Courses

    • International Relations: Theory & Practice (3 credits)

    • Globalization of Intersocietal Relations (3 credits)

    • Analytical & Statistical Skills (3 credits)

    • International Economics: Tools & Application (3 credits)

    • Applied International Economics (3 credits)

    • Ethics & International Affairs (3 credits)

Grading Standard

Beginning in the fall semester of 2022, the Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) instituted a grading standard for all courses carrying the “MAIA” course prefix. Prior to fall of 2022, courses taught in the MAIA were not subject to any specific grading standard.

In an effort to provide for greater consistency in grades across the MAIA curriculum and to combat grade inflation, a standard has been imposed on all MSFS courses. Faculty assessment of student performance will result in final course grades, distributed as follows:

  • 20% A

  • 30% A-

  • 30% B+

  • 20% B and below whereby an (A) is Outstanding; (A-) is Excellent; (B+) is Very Good; (B) is Good; (B-) is Acceptable;

and a (C) is Minimally Passing.

The Master of Arts in International Affairs is a select graduate program that consistently attracts exceptional students from around the world. Please view transcripts of students enrolled in MAIA courses with the understanding that the above standard has been established by the Academic Board of the USILD. Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please send an email at

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