The Master of Arts in International Studies & Diplomacy ( MAISD) program provides students with a strong theoretical background and the analytical skills essential to gaining an understanding of international issues and events. The program draws upon the expertise of Al Akhawayn University faculty from different disciplines and professionals from the field. Students of the MAISD have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty members from many countries. MAISD students will be able to participate in international conferences held on campus and benefit from guest lectures by many renowned experts in international affairs and diplomatic relations.
Graduates of the MAISD program will be able to demonstrate knowledge of international studies and diplomacy, to analyze critically contemporary issues around the world, to write critically and analytically on local, international, and global issues, to read critically materials on world politics, and to assess the theoretical orientation of the author(s).
The MAISD program allows incoming students to complete it in one calendar year. Students who need foundation courses may take a longer time to complete the program. The MAISD related course will also replace concentrations as they are currently redundant.
Foundation Courses (offered online)
ENG 2301 Critical Writing and Written Communication FAS 2210 Graduate Academic Skills
INS 2301 Theories of International Relations
INS 5303 Advanced International
INS 5304 Moroccan Foreign Policy
INS 5306 Diplomatic Negotiation
INS 5315 Advanced International Political Economy
SSC 5302 Research Methods
INS 5391/INS 5392 Thesis Seminar/ Policy Practicum
MAISD-Related Courses (4 courses)(including one elective course from any graduate program)
INS 5311 Geopolitics
INS 5351 Theories of War and Peace
INS 5356 International Aid, NGOs, and Development
SSC 5331 International Migration and Labor
PSC 5315 Water in International and Domestic Politics
INS 5313 Conflict Management and Resolution
PSC 5360 Foreign Policy and Security of the Middle East States
GEO 5311 Environment and Security
SSC 5362 Global Islam in the Contemporary World
The MAISD program is designed for academically qualified graduates from around the world who seek advanced education and training in international studies and diplomacy. The MAISD prepares students for careers in governmental organizations, international businesses, foreign service, foreign policy think tanks, academic research, and other agencies. Graduates of this program pursue their careers as diplomats, political analysts, politicians, lobbyists, economists, and more.
All applications to the MAISD program will be evaluated through AUl's official admission process. Candidates who are not accepted directly may be invited to an interview, either in person or via Skype.
Selection criteria include:
A Bachelor 's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
Non-native speakers of English or those who do not have a degree from an English medium university are required to have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or equivalent) for full-time enrollment in the program; applicants with scores between 500 and 549 may enroll in the AUI Language Center on either a full-time or part-time basis. During their English language training, they cannot take any content courses but may take Arabic language courses.
Moroccan students have to demonstrate at least intermediate-level language proficiency in Arabic upon admission or by the end of the program.
This degree, like all other Al Akhawayn University degrees, is a state diploma (Bulletin Officiel no.5998).