Office of Admissions

UC San Diego is ranked among the top public universities in the nation. The School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) is the University of California's only professional school of international affairs as well as the only such program in the U.S. focused on the Pacific region - Asia and the Americas. GPS' faculty and innovative curriculum provide our students with a unique blend of international relations, public policy, and management, as well as knowledge for leadership in the Pacific Century.

Degrees Offered

Master of International Affairs (MIA) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program combining regional expertise in Asia and/or the Americas and an area of focus within the international affairs field.

Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program allowing students to dive deep into one or more policy areas.

Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program. The ability to use original language source material is essential for serious professional analysis of China.

Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) is an executive degree program. Only applicants with a minimum of five or more years of work experience will be considered for admission to this program.

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Master of International Affairs (BA/MIA) is a consecutive program with the undergraduate International Studies Program. The program is open only to International Studies-International Business, International Studies-Economics and International Studies-Political Science majors at UC San Diego.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Public Policy (BA/MPP) is a consecutive program with the UC San Diego Department of Economics. The program is open only to current undergraduate students at the university.

Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs is a joint program with the UC San Diego Department of Political Science.

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty

Area Studies

Latin America

Graduate Program Overview

Leveraging our West Coast location and UC San Diego’s renowned programs in science and technology, GPS develops new analytic tools with practical applications, while rigorously training the next generation of global leaders. We embed in our curriculum advanced methods to design, test, evaluate and refine solutions for global societies in the 21st century, teach about the great questions facing the world and prepare our students to identify which results are more likely to work. Our alumni have assumed positions of leadership in businesses, governments and nonprofits in more than 80 countries across the globe.

Admissions Deadline

Early Decision: Dec. 4
Fellowship Deadline: Jan. 15

Early Decision: Oct. 30
Standard Deadline: Jan. 15

BA-MIA Standard Deadline: April 22

Standard Deadline: Dec. 10

Admissions Overview

GPS students are an elite group of individuals committed to active participation in the global community. Grade point average and test scores are important, but not decisive. Each year, the applicant pool changes and admissions decisions are made based on comparing each applicant against his/her peers. We look at GPA and test scores, as well as the type of program and university the applicant attended, relevant work experience, the statement of purpose and the letters of recommendation which all play a deciding role.

The following materials are required to apply (please refer to our website for more specific requirements):
-complete online application
-three letters of recommendation
-statement of purpose
-GRE or GMAT test scores (for MIA, MPP, MCEPA and PhD)
-TOEFL (for international applicants whose native language is not English)
- transcripts from all schools attended

More details can be found here.

Contact Information

University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive #0519
La Jolla, CA

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