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University of the Pacific — School of International Studies

Program Type:
Master's International
School of International Studies
Degrees Awarded:
Intercultural Relations (MA)
Admissions Deadlines:

(Priority) October 1 and March 1; flexible rolling admission dates available from advisors.

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Spring (January) or Summer (July)
Program Founded:
October, 2003


Master's International students apply their Peace Corps service toward completion of the MAIR program's elective unit requirement (8 semester credits) out of the 40 credits required. You complete the core courses while you are living at home and continuing with other responsibilities. You study with over 20 different experts from universities and from the world of consulting.


The M.A. in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) program is jointly sponsored by University of the Pacific and the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon. MAIR students are often bring prior personal and professional experiential learning to their courses and to their Peace Corp service.

The program emphasizes a theory-into-practice model, stressing the application of relevant theoretical frameworks and concepts to real-world contexts, including both domestic diversity as well as international settings. As a Master's International student, you will develop your Peace Corps experiences as learning for your electives. The core courses in the program will be particularly useful prior to your departure and will allow you to prepare well for the Peace Corps experience.

Core courses will give you knowledge and skills in areas such as:
intercultural relations, ethnicity and intergroup interaction, other ways of knowing, problem-solving in intercultural settings, managing personal/cultural transitions, culture in the organization, research and analysis, and managing change across cultures.

You will complete your core courses (24 credits) by attending three 2-week residencies in Portland, Oregon, and completing assignments for those courses independently during the semester following. All core courses should be finished before your Peace Corps service.

During your overseas assignment with the Peace Corps, you will prepare journals that reflect on the culture in which you are living, the specific assignment you are completing, and your personal development, which is inherent in the process. After you return to the United States, you will register for independent studies (8 credits) and write papers that examine your learning while in the Peace Corps in terms of concepts integral to intercultural relations. The final task in the program will be to design and complete your thesis (8 credits).


Online application to University of the Pacific Graduate School; payment of application fee; three letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic professional (can be done as part of online application); transcripts from all accredited colleges and universities attended, with one transcript indicating completion of the baccalaureate degree; answers to the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) application questions; and completed Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), which is available after applications are received.

Applicants must demonstrate previous successful academic performance; sensitivity to intercultural situations; an understanding of the field of intercultural relations through previous academic coursework, prior paid employment, volunteer service, or field experience; clear educational goals that are compatible with the program philosophy; the ability to write and organize thoughts at a graduate level; and the ability to develop and manage personal distance learning strategies.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Katrina Alison Jaggears
Assoc. Director, MAIR Program

Intercultural Relations Program
School of International Studies 3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211
(209) 946-2836
(209) 946-2333

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