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A Note to Prospective Students

We're so pleased that you are considering the MAIR program. If you have a commitment to the intercultural field and are either already working in areas such as corporate diversity, international education, global human resources, intercultural training, social or community services, health care across cultures, or any of the many other fields requiring intercultural competency (or are interested in doing so), you have come to the right place!

We offer a limited-residency structure that combines three intensive two-week residencies - held six months apart in January and July - with coursework completed at home between the residencies. The residency offers a traditional classroom experience with your instructors and fellow students. The time at home between residencies allows you to study and complete course assignments as a full-time graduate student while continuing to fulfill work, family, or other major life commitments. A variety of evening workshops during the residency provide guidance in graduate student success strategies and intercultural leadership topics. Our faculty bring a wealth of academic and professional experience in the intercultural field, and come from colleges, universities, and organizations in both the U. S. and abroad.

It is important to note that MAIR is not an online program. Our two-week residencies provide a focused atmosphere in which to learn core material in the intercultural field and the opportunity to bond with fellow students and faculty members in class as well as at shared meals, in evening workshops, and during free time. After the residency, MAIR students complete the assigned readings and assignments independently, allowing the flexibility in assignment due dates critical for adult learners working full-time. In addition, it is quite common for MAIR students to organize regular Skype calls, email lists, or Facebook groups in order to support each other during the distance portion of the program.

Students complete the MAIR program's nine core courses in conjunction with the three residencies. For most students, the next step is to complete their elective units which can be fulfilled in a variety of ways. MAIR students work with their academic advisor to select elective coursework tailored to suit their individual academic and career interests, and many are able to receive elective credit for graduate-level coursework taken at other institutions. Thesis research and writing are the final program requirements, providing the opportunity for each student to integrate what they've learned in the MAIR program into an original research project.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • We require no specific undergraduate major for admission to the MAIR program. However, significant education or work abroad, or extensive domestic intercultural experience is a plus.
  • Academic transcripts from all accredited colleges and universities attended
  • Official transcripts are required from each institution, even if coursework appears as transfer credit on another transcript. One transcript must indicate completion of the baccalaureate degree. For transcripts from institutions outside of the United States and Canada, additional requirements must be met
  • Upper-division GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Applicants who have been out of school for lengthier time periods but have extensive professional intercultural experience are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate GPAs are not calculated for applicants who already possess a master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • University of the Pacific Graduate School application and fee
  • The admissions process is online, and for the MAIR program includes a resume and five essay questions. Responses to the essay questions determine the applicant's compatibility with our academic offerings and program philosophy, and whether writing skills are at an appropriate level for graduate study that includes thesis research and writing. The online application fee is $50.
  • Three recommendation letters or forms
  • Providing email addresses for your recommenders on the online admission application allows them to complete an online recommendation form with an electronic signature. This is the easiest and quickest way to complete this requirement. Recommenders may also submit formal letters, but they must have been written within the last year. Email correspondence is not acceptable.
  • Completed Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
  • After your application has been submitted, you will receive an email message from The Intercultural Communication Institute with instructions for taking the IDI online. The IDI replaces the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which is not required for the MAIR program.

International applicants (non US citizens and US permanent residents) must complete additional requirements to be considered for admission. More information can be found here.

Fun Facts About the MAIR Degree

Did you know...

MAIR lets you complete your degree while living at home and continuing your work, family, and
community responsibilities.

You attend three 2-week residencies in Portland, Oregon, and finish your studies independently.

MAIR faculty come from top university programs as well as the world of consulting.

Your academic program can be tailored around your current work or future goals.

Your intercultural focus can be on domestic or international concerns - or both!

Education, corporate, social services, immigrant/refugee services, and health care are just a few of many potential areas of focus.

Career paths in intercultural work are constantly developing in new contexts.

Electives can be completed through many avenues in order to complement your special interests and busy schedule.

MAIR is part of the Peace Corps' Master's International program, allowing you to combine the MAIR degree with Peace Corps service.

You can talk with the MAIR staff about your goals and how we might help you meet them.

For more information, please contact:

Katrina Alison Jaggears, MLA, Associate Director
MA in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) Program
School of International Studies
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

· 209-946-2836


Kent Warren, PhD, Director of Graduate Programs
The Intercultural Communication Institute
8835 SW Canyon Lane, Suite 238
Portland, OR 97225

· 503-297-4622