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Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies University of California, San Diego

  • La Jolla, CA
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 38%62%
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
  • $11,220 | $26,322
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 3 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at University of California, San Diego, Offers Four Degree Options

The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) is the only professional school of international relations at University of California, San Diego. It is also the only such program in the United States focused on the Pacific region of Asia and the Americas, and was recently ranked as a top-10 graduate program by "Foreign Policy" magazine. The school's innovative curriculum integrates the strengths of the traditional professional school programs of business management, international affairs, and public policy.

IR/PS offers four different degree programs: the two-year professional Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA), the one-year Executive Master of Advanced Studies-International Affairs (MAS-IA), the Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs (BA/MIA), and a joint-Ph.D. in political science and international affairs in collaboration with the UC San Diego political science department.

The Master of Pacific International Affairs Program Blends Regional Focus with Career Concentration

The MPIA is a two-year program that provides professional training for internationally minded individuals pursuing careers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Students are able to choose career tracks in the fields of international management, international politics, international economics, public policy, nonprofit management and international development, and international environmental policy. In addition to choosing a career concentration, students acquire expertise in the language and society of one of the following: China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, or Latin America. Finally, students choose from a variety of elective courses in order to suit their personal and professional needs.

A One-Year Master's Program Allows Professionals to Gain Advanced Training with a Regional Focus

The MAS-IA is an executive program designed for mid-career executives and professionals who seek specialized and advanced training in the field of international affairs. It is designed to complement their professional experience by offering advanced education and training to prepare them to assume leadership positions in their fields. In addition to taking two classes specially designed for the MAS-IA, students also take classes from one of five career tracks: international security, international political economy, international public policy, environmental policy and sustainability, or security of the Asia-Pacific. Students also take classes in their chosen regional focus of China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, or Southeast Asia. Students enrolled full-time complete the degree in a nine-month academic year. A part-time enrollment option (2 academic years) is also available to professionals with flexible work schedules.

Five-Year Consecutive Bachelor's and Master's Degree in International Affairs for UC San Diego Undergraduates

The BA/MIA is a combined five-year program offered with the International Studies Program at UC San Diego. It is only open to UC San Diego undergraduates in select majors within the International Studies Program. The program retains and builds upon the interdisciplinary core of the existing international studies Bachelor of Arts degree by incorporating graduate-level courses during the student's fourth year, and adds to it the professional training of IR/PS in the fifth year.

Ph.D. Program in International Affairs and Political Science in Conjunction with UC San Diego Political Science Department

The joint-Ph.D. program offers interdisciplinary academic education to a very small number of students seeking advanced research capabilities in economics and political science within the international affairs arena. Students are able to work with faculty members at both IR/PS and the political science department while pursuing their research interests in political science and international affairs.

Global Leadership Institute Certificates Allow Professionals to Advance Their Knowledge and Careers

In addition to degree-granting programs, IR/PS also offers a certificate program, the Global Leadership Institute (GLI), which is designed for working professionals seeking to expand their international knowledge and experience within their field, as well as enhance their professional development in public and private finance, international economics, public policy and program evaluation, management, marketing, accounting, nonprofit management, quantitative methods, econometrics, long-range strategic planning, and international affairs. GLI fellows take regularly scheduled IR/PS classes along with classes designed specifically for fellows.

Part of the University of California System, IR/PS Reaps the Benefits of a Prestigious University Setting

IR/PS is located at UC San Diego in La Jolla, California. UC San Diego is part of the ten-campus University of California System and is recognized as one of the top teaching and research institutions in the United States. The University has a total enrollment of approximately 30,000 students. Its graduate and professional students are drawn from the upper ranks of the nation's finest colleges and universities and from institutions of comparable standing throughout the world.

Graduates of IR/PS Programs Go on to Fill Top Positions in the Private, Public, and Nonprofit Sectors

IR/PS has firmly established itself as a leader in training professionals to compete in the global arena. MPIA program graduates have gone on to rewarding positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in the United States, as well as China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mexico, South America, and Europe. IR/PS has large alumni networks in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Southern California. Graduates have skills in finance, marketing, management, foreign languages and culture, and trade and public policy. Program graduates are employed in government, international trade, nonprofit organizations, media/telecommunications, manufacturing/high technology, financial services, and consulting.

Location & Contact

Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive #0520
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

Sonja Steinbrech

Director of Enrollment

Phone: 858-534-7162

Admissions Representative

Phone: 858-534-5914
Fax: 858-534-1135

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Political Science And International Affairs Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • International Affairs Master of Advanced Study (MAS)
    • Pacific International Affairs Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 590
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 150
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $80
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT or GRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$11,220
    • Out-of-state tuition *$26,322
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty58
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female Percentage22%
    • Male Percentage78%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchInternational economics and trade; international management and finance; international development; international politics in Latin America, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia; international environmental policy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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