The Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) Professional Program at California State University, Long Beach is designed to prepare leaders for a changing world by providing the skills that employers demand for the global workforce of the 21st century. Greater Los Angeles is one of the most globally-connected metropolitan areas in the world. The region’s diversity of trade, international investments, cultures, and languages exceed that of all but a small handful of countries. Employment opportunities in California reflect a demand for related competencies globally.
CSULB is ranked #1 in the Western U.S. for Best Value (Washington Monthly) as well as the top 10% of universities nationally for Return on Investment (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce). The MAIA program, aligned with global standards in the field, combines interdisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural and global studies with career development. Through a cohort design, students attain both the international and project management skills employers demand for the global workforce of the 21st century. This 18-month program includes 12 months in residence, followed by a carefully placed internship with courses taken in residence or online. Graduates become prepared for careers in areas such as International Development & Relief, Migration Advocacy, International Non-Profit Management, International Business, and Trade Policy.
The MAIA program identifies and develops the professional skills necessary for a successful international career in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors—both at home and abroad. The core elements of the program include methodological skills, functional competence, and foreign language knowledge with a multidisciplinary approach. The curriculum applies prevalent theory to real-world situations, while developing tools for project development and problem resolution.
Students enrolled in this program are eligible for some forms of financial aid, with the exception of the State University Grant (SUG) and Cal Vet College Fee Waiver.
This course is an introduction to the major themes and core principals of international development, immigration, and migration. It is a comprehensive introduction covering central concepts of international relations theories and analytical approaches to main international issues and their stakeholders. Letter grade only (A-F).
2. MAIA 610-International Economics (3 units)
This course engages key issues in international macroeconomics; international trade; and international finance. Topics include: growth, inflation, trade—surplus and deficits; monetary policy, interest and exchange rates; financial integration, crises and contagion; neoliberal globalization and anti-globalism; international and regional economic agreements; and prospects for policy coordination and reform in international trade and finance. Letter grade only (A-F).
3. MAIA 620-International Politics (3 units)
This course introduces students to the seminal issues international politics as it relates to public policy. Students develop analytic tools, review analytic frameworks, and apply them to a series cases to better understand policy outcomes. Letter grade only (A-F).
4. MAIA 630-Policy Making Process (3 units)
Course introduces core theories and models of policymaking process, and tools of policy analysis; and application of these concepts and analytical tools to specific policy areas including economic development and poverty, health, education, immigration, transportation, environment, and energy. Letter grade only (A-F).
5. MAIA 640-Scope and Methods of International Affairs (3 units)
This course provides students with tools for designing research and policy papers in international affairs. It includes principles of concepts and design, quantitative research methods, concrete research techniques with an emphasis on qualitative methods, and application of methods to professions. Letter grade only (A-F).
6. MAIA 650-Project Management (3 units)
Examines the theoretical and practical elements of project management. Explores how and why to use tools of project management, the project cycle, and technical aspects of monitoring and evaluation. Letter grade only (A-F).
International Development and Non-Profit Management
1. MAIA 605-International Economic Development (3 units)
A critical examination of theories and approaches to the study of development. Topics include: ideologies of development; institutions; states, markets, and communities; foreign aid, debt, trade; food and nutrition; education and health; environment and climate change. Letter grade only (A-F).
2. MAIA 615-Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 units)
This course engages theories, methods, and practices affecting nonprofits. Topics include: history of philanthropy—international and domestic, volunteerism, and the role of non-profits as civil society; governance, strategy and planning; financial management, fundraising and budgeting; non-profit and business; emerging trends in nonprofit practice: venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship; public sector and non-profits. Letter grade only (A-F).
3. MAIA 625 Applied International Development (3 units)
This course provides students with skills for the practice of international development. Students will be provided an overview of key international development policies and issues while they gain tools and methodologies relevant to a career in international development. Letter grade only (A-F).
Migration and Immigration Advocacy
1. MAIA 635-Global Trends in International Migration (3 units)
Examines major global migration trends since 1945 and surveys key literature in the field of migration studies. Emphasis is on applying theoretical perspectives and comparative methodology to pressing issues of immigration, emigration, and forced migration. Letter grade only (A-F).
2. MAIA 645-Labor Migration (3 units)
The course will examine the impact of major international migration flows and current patterns in the spatial mobility of people and divisions of labor across the globe, querying how certain types of work become clustered in specific geo-political locations and populated by particular types of workers. Letter grade only (A-F).
3. MAIA 655-Citizenship and Immigration Law (3 units)
This course focuses on four questions: Who is a citizen of the United States? Who can come to this country as an immigrant? When and why can non-citizens be forced to leave? How and why does citizenship matter? Letter grade only (A-F).
Additional Requirements (6 units, 2 courses)
1. MAIA 698-Capstone Project
A project-oriented course designed to synthesize the skills and knowledge that students have acquired in their graduate studies. Students will undertake a supervised international affairs-related internship. Professional work is supplemented by writing, discussion, problem-solving, and efforts to connect program theories and concepts to real-world experiences, culminating in a written Capstone Project. Letter grade only (A-F).
2. MAIA 660-Budgets
This course is an introduction to core concepts and principals of budgeting in public and private nonprofit international organizations, which operate in international development, immigration and migration. It is a comprehensive course to explain and analyze central approaches to budgeting. Letter grade only (A-F).
Potential students interested in learning more about this program are encouraged to attend a free information session. The information sessions include short presentations by a program representative, designed to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the program's benefits.
Upcoming online Information Sessions are listed below when they are available. Choose a date and click the link to register for that Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the meeting.
If no sessions are listed below, then none are currently available. Please check this page at a later date to view updated sessions.
Although there is no prerequisite coursework, applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed Introduction to Macroeconomics and Introduction to Microeconomics.
While language proficiency is a criterion for graduation, not admission, applicants are encouraged to complete basic proficiency in a second language in advance of enrollment. Please consult with the program director for more information.
How to Apply
Admission to the MAIA degree program requires approval by the University and the program's Graduate Applicant Review Committee. Please follow all directions closely.
Admission Criteria, Documentation, and Information
To be admitted to the program, you must apply for admission using the California State University admissions portal calledCal State Apply. By applying online, you can start, stop, and save your application information throughout the process. Note the following steps to begin the application process:
Select a term to apply for (Fall)
Sign in or create an account
Select CSU Long Beach as your campus and Select Extended Education as the Source
Select International Affairs from the list of available programs; and once chosen, the program title will be highlighted in green with a check mark to indicate that you have chosen the correct program
Use the dashboard to continue with your application for admission to the program
You will be asked to provide the following:
Note the following admissions criteria and information:
You must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or have completed equivalent academic preparation at a foreign university, as determined by the appropriate campus authority.
You must be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended.
You must have attained an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in any of the following ways: (a) hold an advanced degree; (b) hold a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 (A = 4.0); or (c) hold a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
Students in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree completion by the established deadline, if their cumulative GPA is at least 2.7 or if the GPA in their last 60 semester or 90 quarter units are calculated at 2.5 or higher.
Admission to CSULB is competitive. We prefer applicants who have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units attempted. A student whose overall GPA is less than 3.0, but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential (either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background), may be admitted by special action of the program's Graduate Applicant Review Committee.
Note the following documentation requirements and information:
Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions after high school must be sent directly to CSULB Enrollment Services. Do not send transcripts to faculty, staff, or the Department, because they will be returned unopened. Some academic institutions will send your transcripts electronically to CSULB. Other institutions will send your transcripts by U.S. Mail, which must be sent to the following address:
Office of Admissions and Records California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840-0106
The Cal State Apply website requests transcript entry. Graduate applicants need only enter courses that are in-progress or planned. Select “I am Not Adding Any College Transcripts” if you do not have in-progress or planned coursework. Do NOT enter individual course information from each individual institution attended, unless you want the system to calculate your grade point average. Entering all of this information is not necessary for admission to our program.
You may send your resume and two (2) letters of recommendation directly to the Program Director, along with your relevant experiences, achievements, and a Statement of Purpose. Documents may be sent by email or U.S. Mail, but email is strongly encouraged for most efficient communication. Please note: letters of recommendation must come directly from the individuals signing the letters.
Richard R. Marcus PhD (Richard.Marcus@csulb.edu) Program Director, MAIA Program LA3-100, MS 4605 California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840-0501
Review and submit your application with the fee by the published deadline.
You may periodically email the Graduate Advisor for a status report.
Wait for an admissions decision to come by email directly from CSULB Enrollment Services. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive course scheduling and enrollment instructions from the Graduate Advisor at least two weeks before the semester begins.
If you have special admissions needs or questions, please contact the appropriate CSULB office directly:
Every step in the process for applying to the MAIA program is detailed on our How To Apply page.
New university graduates in with a baccalaureate degree in International/Global Studies, Political Science, Geography, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Languages, or a related social science field; or experienced professionals in diverse fields looking to looking to accelerate their career and open it to global opportunities in California, nationally, or abroad.
New graduates with a bachelor’s degree in International/Global Studies, Political Science, Geography, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Languages, or related social science fields
Experienced professionals in diverse fields looking to accelerate their career through opportunities in California as well as internationally
Those working in the public sector, including federal, state, local, and/or foreign governments
Those working in private sector fields including trade, consulting, finance/banking, and business
Those working in the nonprofit sector such as Nongovernmental Organizations, public interest and advocacy, and higher education
Common job titles in growth areas for graduates in International Affairs include social and community service managers, training and development managers, public relations and fundraising managers, operation research analysts, trade analysts, community development specialists, and immigration advocates.
International careers require specific skills, whether the work is taking place in California, Washington, DC or anywhere else in the world. The MAIA program at CSULB is one of only a small number of professional graduate programs nationwide that is designed to develop these critical skills. Small classes create a focused environment, allowing students to complete their degree in only 18 months. It is also the only program in the country to recognize California's specific role in International Affairs. California is the fifth largest economy in the world, and has more Foreign Direct Investment than most countries. Nearly half of California residents speak a language other than English, larger cities have their own international relations, and even local businesses are globally-engaged. Graduates are well-prepared for jobs in public, private, and non-profit sectors around the world.
Globalization has driven the movement of people, technology, goods, and norms in ways we could have never imagined, creating significant international challenges and opportunities that change the way we live and communicate. The goal of the MA in International Affairs is to provide for the advancement of international understanding by developing skills in areas of economics, politics, trade, development, and migration. By combining multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies with career development, the MAIA prepares students for the global workplace of the 21st century.
While no one specific degree can provide the international pathway, the MAIA is considered a gateway degree for a career in public service and nonprofit sector. While the largest percentage of International Affairs graduates go into the private sector, a disproportionately high percentage of graduates work for governments, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and universities.
CSULB is a fully accredited program by the Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). All of our full-time faculty have the highest degrees in their fields from highly regarded Universities and have extensive experience in teaching, and research. Our part-time faculty members are highly respected practitioners in the region. For over 23 years, many of our graduates have attained senior managerial and leadership positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. We have a flexible program that will permit you to design a program of study that will help you achieve your particular career goals.
Yes, classes are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends to ensure students can maintain full-time employment.
It is graduate school, so it can be very demanding of your time. It may take time for you to get used to being back in school. But, if you're willing to work hard and manage your time effectively, you should be fine. After all, we have hundreds of graduates who were in the same situation as you, and they were successful.
Generally, for each hour of class time, you can expect two hours of study time per week. A full-time student takes three courses per semester.
The Professional Master of Arts in International Affairs (MAIA) is designed to prepare leaders for a changing world. It combines interdisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural and global studies with career development. Through a cohort design, students focus on attaining both the general and specific skills employers demand for the global workforce of the 21st century. This 18-month program includes 12 months in residence, followed by a semester that can be taken either remotely or in residence (international students on a visa will be required to take the courses in residence). U.S. students may take the final two courses through online coursework to allow them to pursue an internship anywhere in the world. Graduates are prepared for local careers of an international nature, national careers, and global careers in areas such as International Business, Trade Policy, International Development & Relief, and Migration Advocacy.
Students must have access to a computer or tablet with a camera and microphone as well as an Internet connection.
Completion of 33 units of approved graduate courses with a 3.0 GPA or better
A graduate GPA of 3.0 or better in the program course requirements.
Successfully complete the culminating activity with a passing grade.
Satisfaction of all university graduation requirements.
Yes, there are six required core courses, three required courses on the students selected track, plus two online courses, and budgets.
No, we have no thesis requirement or comprehensive exams but there is a Capstone Project as part of the MAIA 698 course.
The language requirement is intended to ensure students have this additional tool for the workforce. It is not a unit requirement. The language requirement is commonly met through demonstrated work in a second language, completed language coursework, a certificate from an approved language school, examination, or a letter from a qualified language instructor. Consult with the Program Director for more information.
There is a two-part process. First, you must apply to the University, and second you must apply to the MAIA program.
All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admission materials at Cal State Apply.
Complete and submit the Department application (PDF) along with a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation.
It can be a current or former professor and/or a current or former supervisor.
The MAIA program admits for Fall semester only. The application deadline is June 1; or April 1 for international applicants.
You would need to apply to the next MAIA cohort.
The process is the same for the Department but not for the University. First, you will need to contact the University's International Admissions Specialist in the Center for International Education.
You will need a 2.7 GPA in your undergraduate coursework from an accredited institution.
If you have at least a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units of undergraduate coursework, you may be admitted by the University but not the Department.
We look at a number of factors such as the strength of your undergraduate training, the type of courses you took, letters of recommendation, your statement of purpose, and your work history.
Prospective students who have clearly demonstrated substantial professional progress may be given extra consideration in the admission decision.
You have essentially two choices if you want to continue to try to be admitted. First, you may continue to work on your professional progress and reapply in a year or two. Second, you can take additional courses to increase your GPA.
They must be upper level undergraduate or graduate courses from an accredited institution. Further, you should take courses that are related to the study of international affairs. You are encouraged to contact the Program Director for more information.
No, but you may wish to take the quantitative, verbal, and analytical sections and submit the scores to the Department if you do not meet the GPA requirement.
If you have a graduate degree from an accredited graduate school, you automatically meet our GPA requirement but you must still complete the other University and Department requirements.
As noted above, the program requires 33 units. It will take 18 months to complete. Students take three courses per semester for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. In the final Fall semester students will undertake their internship while taking an online course in budgets and another to guide their capstone projects.
The University requires that students complete graduate programs within seven years.
Yes, unless you take an Educational or Medical Leave. Students who are not enrolled for one or more semesters without an Educational or Medical Leave must reapply to the University.
The College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPaCE) registers students in courses.
All MAIA students take three courses for the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions, followed by two online courses in the final Fall semester.
There are no prerequisites for MAIA students.
MAIA students are grouped in cohorts. This means that all members of the cohort will take the same courses in the same sequence. During the summer, the cohort will divide into two tracks.
Electives in the MAIA program are pre-selected by CLA faculty.
First, you must make sure that you have satisfied all the program requirements as stated above for the MAIA and University (see the University Catalog for details). Master’s students must have an approved advancement to candidacy on file. Second, at the same time that you submit your Advancement to Candidacy form, you should Apply to Graduate with Enrollment Services. DLMPA cohort members will advance to candidacy and apply to graduate together as a group.
Please refer to the Advancement to Candidacy form found on the Student Handbooks & Forms page. It is your MAIA program plan. MAIA staff will complete your advancement to candidacy form and the entire cohort will advance together typically during the summer of the first year in the program.
The form is provided by CLA staff.
The MAIA cohort will advance together in the Summer semester of the first year of the program.
CPIE, Department, and University websites contain most of the information you will need. Further questions can be directed to Professor Richard R. Marcus, MAIA Program Director, at Richard.Marcus@csulb.edu.
Yes, the MA in International Affairs program offers Graduate Assistantships through The Global Studies Institute. Other Graduate Assistantships are offered on a competitive basis through partnering units at the university. Contact the MAIA Program Director, Professor Richard Marcus, for more information.
Students enrolled in this program are eligible for some forms of financial aid, with the exception of the State University Grant (SUG) and Cal Vet College Fee Waiver.
Kalman Andrassy holds an MA in Applied Sociology and a Doctorate in Public Administration. A faculty member in Sociology, he is a specialist in research methodology and global crisis management. Dr. Andrassy is a Europeanist with significant experience in Hungary.
Kalman Andrassy, Professor
Yousef Baker (PhD) specializes in Iraq and Iran, and speaks Arabic and Farsi. His research on “Global Capitalism and Political Control: Investigating the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq” focuses on theories of globalization and development, social movements, nationalism, and questions of race and migration, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. Through this research he demonstrates how processes of globalization have given rise to a structural tension wherein economic circuits of accumulation are transnational, whilst political legitimacy is still confined within the nation-state. Professor Baker has worked as a deputy Economic Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, and as a Deputy Campaign Manager during Iraqi elections.
Yousef Baker, Professor
Laura Ceia (PhD) specializes in France and the Francophon world, and speaks French and Romanian. Professor Ceia received her MA from The University of Timisoara, Romania in French and Romanian Literature, focusing on early 20th century French literature and cinema. Trained as comparatist, her research interests also include Eastern-European literature and cinema, and contemporary European trans-national cinemas. Her work places a particular emphasis on the intersection between politics and aesthetics, and the role of artifacts in informing, reshaping, or distorting cultural perceptions of citizenship, nationality, and identity. Before joining CSULB, Dr. Ceia taught in French and Film Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University.
Laura Ceia, Professor
Caitlin E. Fouratt (PhD) specializes in Latin America, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica; and speaks Spanish. Her dissertation, “Presences and Absences: Nicaraguan Migration to Costa Rica and Transnational Families,” exploreshow economic crisis, environmental pressures, and failed government policies contribute to the reconfiguration of care and kinship among transnational families. Professor Fouratt has served in roles including research consultant to the Centro Internacional para el Desarrollo Humano in Cost Rica to help develop and implement community development programs in local squatter settlements; immigration advocate in Costa Rica and the U.S.; andstudy abroad director in Costa Rica. She is co-founder of the CSULB Dream Center Academic Advisor Board, and is a specialist in issues related to California’s undocumented population.
Caitlin E. Fouratt, Professor
Barbara Grossman-Thompson (PhD) specializes in Nepal and South Asia, and speaks Nepali, Spanish, and Hindi. She attended San Diego State University for her BA and MA in Women’s Studies. As a comparative sociologist with an interest in the political economy of contemporary South Asia, her main areas of inquiry include the gendered organization of labor in South Asia; and the implications of development in the Himalayan region, with an emphasis on Nepal. Her secondary research interest concerns the political economy of migration and diaspora; and current research projects focus on migration as a process shaped by local and global forces as well as historically dominant and emergent ways of thinking about gender and mobility.
Barbara Grossman-Thompson, Professor
Rich Haesly has taught at CSULB since 2001, including graduate and undergraduate courses in American Government, Global Politics, and Political Science. His primary research interests are in nationalism and national identities, particularly in developing a theory of “bounded imagined communities,” which views these topics from political perspectives, rather than historical ones. He is also interested in issues related to international education, research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, and the role of liberal arts education in the larger society. Rich received a PhD in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rich Haesly, Professor
Richard R. Marcus (PhD) is Professor and Director of the Global Studies Institute and the International Studies Program at CSULB. He has a BA in Great Books (New York University), MA in African Studies/Political Science (UCLA), PhD in Political Science (University of Florida), and Certificates in French Language and Civilization (University of Paris), KiSwahili Language (University of Nairobi, Kenya), Malagasy Language (University of Antananarivo, Madagascar), Spanish Language (Antigüeña Academy, Guatemala), and basic K’iche’ (Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco, Guatemala). He completed dual postdoctoral studies in Globalization and Environmental Studies at Yale University where, he was also a Lecturer in Political Science. Since 1991, Dr. Marcus has conducted research around the world on the relationships between macro-political institutional change, popular perceptions, and political economic change. In addition to publishing numerous articles and books, Professor Marcus has worked as a political risk manager, and has been a consultant for the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, U.S. Department of State, and many other leading organizations.
Richard R. Marcus, Professor
Jolene McCall (PhD) is a sociologist who focuses on energy, development, and the environment. She earned a Bachelor in Human Development degree and a Master’s in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education at CSULB. Dr. McCall served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger as a community development volunteer (2007-09) and later worked in Kenya developing a literacy curriculum for early childhood education. She has spent many years in the environmental field, including with the U.S. Forest Service and the California Solar Initiative. Her primary area of research is the social dimensions of environmental change, with an emphasis on environmental remediation in the face of anthropogenic climate change. Her dissertation focuses on the global rise of renewable energy and various factors related to countries’ increases in different types of renewable energies. She speaks French, Hausa, and Spanish.
Jolene McCall, Professor
As Director, Dr. Raman oversees the yearlong study abroad programs for the California State University system. He oversees programs in 18 countries and 60 universities. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Raman was the Assistant Provost for International Affairs at Valparaiso University and an Associate Professor of Economics.
Dr. Raman has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Bombay, an M.A. from Fordham University and a Ph. D from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Raman has taught International Economics and Economic Development for over 20 years. He has held teaching assignments in China, India, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and he has delivered lectures in Pakistan, Indonesia and South Korea.
Jaishankar Raman, Phd, Professor
Khodr Saleh is a director of new product development for a global medical technology corporation. An R&D engineering manager, he is responsible for project design, product development, client management, design control, regulatory compliance, and project flow and deliverables. He holds an MBA, is a Certified Project Management Professional (Certification Number: 2075594), and has a specialty in project management software and systems. In addition to his primary position, he teaches in the MBA and MAIA programs at CSULB.
Khodr Saleh, Professor
Tina Zhao holds an M.A. in M.A. Sociology and Social Policy from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Illinois. A professor of Public Policy, she specializes in health policy, government contracting, public and non-profit management, and public policy process and methodology.
Tina Zhao, Professor
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