MA Intercultural Relations
The demand for individuals who can effectively manage and harness complex cultural diversity is growing rapidly.
As the world becomes increasingly smaller, and each region more multicultural, success will come only to those professionals who have the skills and understanding to respond appropriately to the challenges of working across cultures in both national and international organizations.To provide educational support for these individuals, University of the Pacific's School of International Studies has partnered with the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) in Portland, Oregon to offer an MA degree in Intercultural Relations (MAIR).
- Degree Requirements
- The Pacific-ICI Partnership
- Peace Corps Master's International Program
- Intercultural Careers
- MAIR Program Leadership Team
The Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) is a limited-residency program designed to prepare students to meet the demands of working in the complex cultural diversity of our world. This program offers a unique curriculum in a creative format.
MAIR is designed for adult professionals who find the schedule and structure of a traditional full-time master's program unsuitable for their situation, and wish to earn an advanced degree in a two-and-one-half to three-year period while maintaining employment or other commitments. In this limited-residency program, students complete nine core courses in 18 months by attending 3 two-week residencies held in Portland every six months (January and July). Directed course assignments are completed at home after each residency.
The MAIR curriculum balances classroom instruction, extensive coursework assignments between residencies, independent study, and thesis research and writing. It emphasizes a theory-into-practice model, stressing the application of relevant theoretical frameworks and concepts to real-world contexts, including both domestic diversity and international settings. The program attempts to directly link the ongoing professional aspirations and responsibilities of its adult learners with all their academic work, equipping them with practical tools and concepts to accomplish their goals.
Students work with a faculty advisor who is responsible for overseeing their entire program and serving as a liaison between them and the cooperating institutions. Students also work with a thesis committee composed of MAIR faculty members and other recognized, practicing professionals in the field of Intercultural Relations. The committee assists and supports students during the thesis process.
The study of Intercultural Relations provides the opportunity to develop cultural competency, including the skills that will be essential to compete in the global workplace. Students and graduates work in areas such as business, government, nonprofit organizations, education, tourism, and human services. Their occupations include positions in human resources, communication, teaching, diversity training, international transition assistance, consulting, marketing, counseling, program development, administration, and healthcare.
The MAIR program partners with the Peace Corps Master's International program, allowing students to combine Peace Corps service with graduate study to complete the requirements for the MAIR degree. Students must apply separately to the MAIR program and the Peace Corps, and be accepted by both. They must satisfy specific course requirements before traveling overseas for Peace Corps service. While overseas, students complete a written project to obtain academic credit for their Peace Corps service. The Master's International program allows students to apply their classroom learning to benefit a host country, and graduate with both an advanced degree and two years of substantive international/intercultural work experience.