Masters of Arts


in International Affairs

World-Class Faculty

Conduct research while attending classes taught by renowned professors.

Engage With Policymakers

Proximity to power and access to thought leaders create rich academic and professional opportunities.

Be Part of a Tradition

Wreaths of laurel signify wisdom, victory and success. Join the tradition at SAIS.

Experience New Academic Horizons

Conduct your own research and take part in established programs across Europe.

Offered in Bologna, the M.A.I.A. is a two-year research-oriented master's degree. It does not require a concentration and allows students to submit a thesis in lieu of two of the 16 non-language courses normally required for the M.A.  Applicants put forward a research proposal which, if accepted, becomes the subject of an M.A.I.A. thesis in the second year.

A World of Resources

The Students

Dual degree programs with University of Bologna in Italy, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria or Sciences Po Lille in France are available with this program and offer students experience with diverse academic environments. With access to archives and libraries across Europe, M.A.I.A. students benefit from a wealth of international resources for their research.

The Faculty

Courses at SAIS Bologna emphasize economics, political science, history and foreign language proficiency, providing a cross-disciplinary approach. Core faculty and adjunct professors from major European institutions combine personal advising with a broad choice of curriculum. M.A.I.A. students select a course of study that complements their research focus.

Recent Speakers

  • Mario Draghi
  • Romano Prodi
  • Kenneth Waltz
  • Tariq Ramadan

Broaden Your Experience in Bologna, Italy

Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna’s long tradition of education, cultural heritage and political vitality makes it an attractive location for SAIS' European campus. On the cusp of its 60th anniversary, SAIS Bologna is distinguished by strong faculty-student relationships, vigorous debate and a cohesive social and intellectual community. Exposure to contrasting European and U.S. perspectives on global issues offers a distinctive academic pairing—making for an extraordinarily enriching experience.

Teaching at the Bologna campus is complemented by a thematic seminar series, and small classes, strong faculty-student relationships and vigorous debate characterize the cohesive social and intellectual community.

Gain a Career-Building Edge

SAIS graduates are highly valued by employers and in great demand in the international relations field. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a career-building edge.


Career Services

The Office of Career Services works with students to explore careers and set goals, acquire job experience and contacts, and strengthen their leadership abilities.

A Global Alumni Community

Students have access to a lifetime network of SAIS alumni–extraordinary individuals who hold positions of global leadership in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations.

Common Paths

Students graduating from SAIS have pursued careers at:
  • U.S. Department of State
  • United Nations
  • The World Bank
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • The EU Commission
  • Brookings Institution