Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) & Master of Business Administration (MBA) Joint Degree
The Joint Degree MAIS/MBA Program enables students to receive two separate diplomas: a Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. However, the Joint MAIS/MBA Degree Program allows students in the joint degree program to count up to 16 units of course work completed in the MAIS program toward completion of the MBA degree. Thus, students can complete all requirements for both degrees in as little as two years of full-time study, compared to 3+ years for the MBA and MAIS programs if taken separately.
The Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) has concentrations in International Business, International Education, and International Development, alongside a 12-month internship in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Only students in the International Business concentration are eligible for the Joint MAIS/MBA Degree Program. There are 38 units of coursework in the MAIS program.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is composed of approximately one year of core courses and one year of elective courses, all taken part time while working. The courses for
the MBA will be offered at Concordia University’s Irvine campus in California. There are 40 units of coursework in the MBA program.
This is a joint degree program which would include the coursework for the MAIS degree (International Business concentration) and the core and capstone MBA courses. As opposed to the 78 units required for both programs taken separately, the Joint MAIS/MBA Degree Program is approximately 62 units total.
The number of continuing students accepted into the joint degree program may be limited by the availability of space in the MAIS and MBA degree programs. In keeping with the academic standards required for the joint degree program, continuing students must have a graduate
Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to be considered for the joint degree program. For students who have only completed one term of course work in their first degree, admission to the joint degree
program may be made conditional on the satisfactory completion of a second term of course work and the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA.
General Academic Information and Regulations
Students in the Joint MAIS/MBA Degree Program must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. Students are expected to work with program directors or coordinators in each degree program to ensure that all requirements are completed.