International Relations, Master of International Affairs

Fall Admissions Deadline: April 15
Spring Admissions Deadline: November 15

The Masters in International Affairs (MAIA) at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is a practical academic program providing high-quality education and training for those interested in pursuing a career in international affairs. Opportunities include international organizations, government, the private sector, the foreign service, or non-governmental organizations.

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Study international affairs at the epicenter of global diplomacy and policy-making: ONLY here AT CCNY

Alumni work everywhere from the United Nations to the diplomatic corps to non-governmental organizations

Partnerships with the United Nations to archive the papers of several former Secretary Generals

Award-winning teachers and mentors and internationally recognized experts in their fields

A diverse study body is able to pursue careers in New York with an international edge

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Student Info

The Masters in International Affairs Program attracts students with a strong academic interest in international relations. Students come to the program from all over the world, making our classrooms as international as the education we provide. This diversity is reflected in our students’ future careers as they pursue work after graduation across the globe and throughout New York City.

Faculty Info

Faculty teaching in the MA in International Affairs Program have research or professional expertise in virtually every world region. Full-time faculty have won numerous awards for their scholarship from the country’s leading political science organization and recognition for their outstanding teaching from CCNY. Adjunct instructors have been invited to teach in the MA in International Affairs program because of their impressive track records of professional success. The program has historically had particularly tight ties with the UN system, with faculty having led projects to archive the papers of former Secretaries General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki Moon.

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Curricular Innovation

The program works closely with other public service MA programs at CCNY, including the MA Program in Public Administration, the MA Program in Economics, to allows students to tailor their education to their professional goals. If there isn’t a course offered at CCNY, students are allowed to take up to two courses at another CUNY campus, meaning students have access to the full breadth of the CUNY system.


Admissions Facts

Total Credits: 33

GRE Required: Optional

Minimum Language Test Scores: 600 (TOEFL PBT), 100 (TOEFL IBT) or 7 (IELTS), 68 (PTE) or 120 (Duolingo)

Degree Awarded: Master of International Affairs (MIA)

Background of undergraduate work in the social sciences, with a special emphasis in the field of Political Science or International Studies. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and a two-page personal statement for admission to this program.

Supporting Documents Required:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • 2 page Personal Statement

Program Advisor: Nicholas Rush Smith,

For more information, please visit the Program Website.


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Last Updated: 11/20/2023 15:30