School of Global Policy and Strategy University of California, San Diego

School of Global Policy and Strategy University of California, San Diego

La Jolla, CA
student ratio
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January 15
fall application deadline
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4 Departments and Programs
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School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at University of California, San Diego, Offers Five Degree Options

The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) is the only professional school of international relations in the University of California system. It is the only international affairs program in the United States focused solely on the Pacific region of Asia and the Americas. Our programs address the challenges of the Pacific region by exploring not only theoretical but also practical applications for professionals working in the global context. At its core, the curriculum focuses on the need to have a comprehensive worldview, with a strong understanding of how public policy, management and international interactions shape strategic decision-making.

IR/PS offers five different degree programs: the two-year professional Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA), the two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) (launching fall 2015), the one-year executive Master of Advanced Studies-International Affairs (MAS-IA), the Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs (BA/MIA) for current UC San Diego undergraduate students, and a joint Ph.D. in political science and international affairs in collaboration with the UC San Diego Department of Political Science.

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 a career track from the fields of international management, international politics, international economics, public policy, nonprofit management and international development, or 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.

The Master of Public Policy Examines Policy In a Global Context with Areas of Specialization

The new two-year MPP looks at how modern societies design and construct public policy and how international context affects national policy-making. The MPP degree combines the social-science policy expertise with UC San Diego's campus strengths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health sciences. In addition to the eight core courses and a capstone research seminar, students choose 14 courses in a specialized area of study - American politics and policy, energy and environmental policy, health policy, international business and regulation, program design and evaluation, and security policy. We anticipate the new MPP degree option to be offered starting fall 2015, subject to approval by the University of California Office of the President.

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

The MAS-IA is an executive master's degree 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 career track: international security, international political economy, international public policy, environmental policy and sustainability, or security of the Asia-Pacific. Students must complete two courses focusing on one or more of the following country/regional specialization: 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 (two 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 UC San Diego International Studies Program. It is 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 Department of Political Science

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 political science while pursuing their research interests in political science and international affairs.

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

The Global Leadership Institute (GLI) is the executive education program at the School. Professionals enhance their careers through customized, non-degree academic certificate programs designed to match specific interests and lengths of study. Programs are 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, which is part of the 10-campus University of California system. We are the public policy leader at one of the nation's most accomplished universities, recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide. Our political science and economics professors are among the top 10 in the country, and for the fourth consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation based on research, civic engagement and social mobility.

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

Graduates have entered the global job market and have assumed positions of leadership in businesses, governments and nonprofits throughout the world. Our alumni continue to be engaged with the school, its students and events, and active alumni clubs span the globe. IR/PS has large alumni networks in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Southern California.

Location & Contact

School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

University of California, San Diego

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

Admissions Representative

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

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • International Affairs Master of Advanced Study (MAS)
    • International Affairs Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA)
    • Political Science And International Affairs Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Public Policy Master of Public Policy
  • 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 $90
    • Application Fee - International $110
    • 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 *$23,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$39,500
    • 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 Faculty53
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPublic policy; international management, finance and trade; 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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