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Master of Arts in 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 a distinctive Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Relations (MAIR). Designed to prepare students for stimulating new opportunities at home and abroad, or to increase skills in an existing career, our Intercultural Relations graduate program offers a unique curriculum in a creative format.

The Master's degree in Intercultural Relations is for adult professionals who wish to earn an advanced credential in a two-and-one-half to three-year period while maintaining employment or other commitments. This limited-residency program is intended to meet the needs of individuals who find the schedule and structure of a traditional full-time MA program inappropriate for their situation. For this reason, the core courses of the MAIR program are taken over eighteen months. Students are in residence in Portland every six months for two weeks, in January and July.

The curriculum balances classroom instruction, extensive coursework assignments between residencies, independent study, and thesis research. 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. To the extent possible, our intercultural relations graduate program attempts to directly link the ongoing professional aspirations and responsibilities of these adult learners with all their academic work, equipping them with practical tools and concepts to accomplish their goals.

The Intercultural Communication Institute(ICI) has long been a leader in the field of intercultural communication, providing professional development and graduate education for practitioners in the field. Pacific, California’s first chartered university (1851), has a distinguished history in both graduate and undergraduate education. The strength of the MAIR program emerges from the School of International Studies’ leadership in international education and graduate learning, and the ICI’s theoretical and social action approach to intercultural education. Both appreciate the art of translating theory into practice, and share a vision of engaging, developmental learning.

For more information or to request an application packet, please contact Katrina Alison Jaggears, MAIR Associate Director, at, or Kent Warren, Associate Director of Graduate Programs at the Intercultural Communications Institute at

To learn more about the ICI, please visit their website at

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