International Affairs, M.A. | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
12 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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The Politics Department of The Catholic University of America (CUA) offers a unique program leading to a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (MAIA).


Originally designed over three decades ago to provide advanced degree educational support to active duty military in the National Capital Region, the International Affairs program from Catholic University of America now provides this support to active and reserve members of all the armed services and civilians employed by federal and local government agencies as well as private businesses and non-profit organizations. 


Graduates of the program can be found in senior public and private positions that literally span the globe. Graduates hold command and staff positions throughout the military services and have been Fellows for the Council on Foreign Relations, Defense Attachés, Senior Fellows at Harvard University, special assistants to Presidential Cabinet Secretaries, senior staff for Members of Congress and congressional committees, and advisors to foreign governments.

Degree requirements

The International Affairs Program is designed for the working professional: maximum flexibility for the student combined with a wide range of course offerings. Classes are conducted in the early evening  at the Hall of States near Capitol Hill and Union Station. Small class size facilitates student interchange with each other and with the instructor. The program provides an instructional blend of both highly respected and internationally known academics with very successful individuals who have a wealth of practical experience in their respective fields. All have earned doctoral degrees from distinguished American universities and many have studied at universities in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. 

The students, many of whom are already actively involved in global affairs, are drawn from a wide variety of academic and experiential backgrounds which greatly enhances the learning experience. The MAIA program is semester based (Fall and Spring), and includes Summer sessions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Religion and International Politics
  • Counter-intelligence: A Wilderness of Mirrors
  • Independent Study
  • Congressional Internship
  • Washington Internship
  • Independent Study: Master's Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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