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Overview

The Jackson School is unique. There is no institution like it anywhere in the world. It combines the social sciences, humanities, and professional fields in order to forge disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of our increasingly interconnected globe. And it does so as well by generating expertise in specific regions of the world and/or in comparative and transnational studies.

The Jackson School's commitment to regional, cross-cultural, and comparative studies extends well beyond the boundaries of its many formal academic programs. The School has an unusually high number of federally funded centers: eight Title VI National Resource Centers and one Undergraduate Center. These centers are devoted to outreach and public education activities for teachers, business people, and the general community. Each year the School sponsors dozens of conferences, colloquia, and seminars featuring the works of scholars, business people, and diplomats from around the world.

The faculty of the Jackson School is remarkably diverse. They are drawn from departments throughout the College of Arts & Sciences and from other units across the University, such as the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences, the School of Law, and the School of Business Administration. The curricula of our undergraduate and graduate programs represent the strengths of these units and also include extensive study of foreign languages.

APSIA Membership: Full APSIA Member School

Addresses

General

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
406 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

  • (206) 543-4370
  • (206) 685-0668
  • email

Admissions

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Office of Student Services
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

  • (206) 543-6001
  • (206) 616-3170
  • email

Career Services

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Career Services/Alumni Relations
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

  • (206) 543-0176
  • (206) 616-3170
  • email

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in International Studies (M.A.I.S) - 3 years (concurrent degree program)

  • 36 credits
  • Language requirement (proficiency equivalent to the completion of 2 years of college level work in a modern foreign language. For Chinese and Japanese the requirement is 3 years)
  • 15 credits in core courses (Origins of Global Systems; Comparative Studies; Globalism and Transnationalism; Ethnicity and Nationalism; Practicum in International Studies)
  • 18 credits in regional studies / special topics / professional field
  • Oral exam based on two research papers

Master of Arts in International Studies (China Studies) (M.A.I.S.) - 2 years

  • Third-year proficiency in Chinese
  • Two core courses
  • 26 elective credits in two or more disciplines
  • Thesis or two research papers
  • Oral examination

Master of Arts in International Studies (Japan Studies) (M.A.I.S.) - 2 years

  • Third-year proficiency in Japanese (2 years at UW)
  • Two core courses
  • 26 elective credits to include one history and one social science course
  • Essay of distinction
  • Oral examination

Master of Arts in International Studies (Korean Studies) (M.A.I.S.) - 2 years

  • Third-year proficiency in Korean
  • Four core courses
  • 15 elective credits
  • Essay of Distinction or two research papers
  • Oral exam

Master of Arts in International Studies (Middle East Studies) (M.A.I.S.) - 2 years

  • Third-year proficiency in M.E. language
  • 20 credits in Modern M.E.
  • One international studies course
  • Two courses in one discipline or professional field
  • Thesis or written exam and two seminar papers

Master of Arts in International Studies (South Asia Studies) (M.A.I.S.) - 2 years

  • Third-year proficiency in S.A. language
  • Three core courses
  • 21 elective credits in two or more disciplines
  • Thesis or two seminar papers
  • Oral exam

Master of Arts in International Studies (Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies) (M.A.I.S.) - 2 years

  • Four years of relevant language study (two years as prerequisite for entry)
  • Three core courses
  • 25-30 elective credits divided between a discipline of concentration and at least one minor discipline
  • Thesis
  • Oral exam

Master of Arts on International Studies (Comparative Religion) (M.A.I.S) - 2 years

  • Third-year proficiency in relevant language
  • Elementary reading knowledge of a secondary source language
  • Competency exam or two courses on history of world religions
  • Two core courses
  • 4-5 courses in major concentration
  • 2-3 courses in minor concentration
  • One or two research papers
  • Written exam
  • Oral exam

Master of Arts in International Studies (Southeast Asian Studies) (M.A.I.S) - 2 years

  • Third-year proficiency in a Southeast Asian language
  • Three core courses
  • 21 elective credits in two or more disciplines
  • Thesis or choice of two research papers or an artistic production

Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) - 10 months

  • Degree Website
  • 43 credits
  • Requires at least 5 years of professional experience in fields including business, government, military, philanthropy, and others.
  • Learn together with a dynamic cohort of international professionals.

Fields of Specialization

  • 13 Regions/Areas of Study: Canada; China; Japan; Korea; Middle East; South Asia; Russia; Eastern Europe; Central Asia; Southeast Asia; Western Europe; Latin America; and for some topics, Africa

  • 11 Topical Studies: Comparative Religion (Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Religion and Culture); Demography; Development; Ethics in International Affairs; Ethnicity and Nationalism; Foreign Policy; International Political Economy; Jewish Studies; State-Society Relations; Technology Transfer and others

  • 6 Possible Concurrent Professional Programs (see Joint Degrees below)

    Joint Degrees

  • M.A.I.S/M.B.A. with University of Washington School of Business
  • M.A.I.S/M.F.R or M.S. with University of Washington College of Forest Resources
  • M.A.I.S/J.D. with University of Washington School of Law
  • M.A.I.S/M.M.A with University of Washington School of Marine Affairs
  • M.A.I.S/M.P.A with University of Washington School of Public Affairs
  • M.A.I.S/M.P.H. with University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine

    Core Courses

  • Requirements differ for each program

  • All require relevant language study and/or proficiency

  • Most have two or more required core courses

  • Electives are usually structured to insure interdisciplinary study

  • All require either a thesis or one or two major research papers

  • Most require a final or oral exam and some require a final written exam
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