Maryknoll Institute of African Studies The Maryknoll Institute of African Studies (MIAS), is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and offers intensive, participatory experiences for those wishing to systematically understand and articulate African cultural knowledge. The Institute offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in African Studies, and a Master of African Studies (M.A.S.). Courses are offered both on a 12-week semester basis, and on a three-week immersion basis of two blocks from the last week of May through mid-July. Concurrent with their classroom work, students do an hour of supervised field research for every hour of class. The research is facilitated by trained assistants who work with students on a one-to-one basis in the field. The research is correlated with the material of the courses being taught. Approximately 100 students are served by MIAS annually. The university is aware that students and administrators in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies are asked for additional confirmation of institutional accreditation and program status with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. This letter from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, SMU's regional accreditor, is intended to provide additional documentation regarding the programs offered in Nairobi. Additional questions can be directed to Tracy Lehnertz, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, at email@example.com or (507) 457-1694.