School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)

International Affairs (IR75)

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Master of International Affairs is a five-year combined degree program offered by the School of Global Policy and Strategy along with UC San Diego's undergraduate International Studies Program (ISP). The program is open only to ISP-Economics and ISP-Political Science majors at UC San Diego. Prior to submitting your application, you must meet with a representative of the International Studies Program Office to ensure you are eligible to apply. Application materials must be uploaded or postmarked received by April 22. If the deadline should occur on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will apply.

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Program Overview The BA/MIA program requires students to have a primary track (8 courses) and a secondary track (5 courses), one each in Economics and Political Science, in either order. The undergraduate requirements are different than those for the standard International Studies-Economics and International Studies-Political Science tracks. The final year of the BA/MIA program incorporates graduate-level course work at the School.

The regional requirement for the B.A. in the International Studies Program is separate from the Eleanor Roosevelt College regional specialization and the School’s country/regional specialization. The courses cannot overlap or be double counted. Please meet with a representative at ISP to ensure you are eligible to apply.
Specializations

Career tracks are designed for students to acquire expertise in a functional area of their choice and consist of five courses from a prescribed list: two required and three electives. Students will choose one of the following career tracks:
International Politics
International Economics
International Management
Public Policy
International Development and Nonprofit Management
International Environmental Policy

Students will choose one of the following country/regional specializations:
China
Japan
Korea
Latin America
Southeast Asia

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Major International Affairs
Degree B.A./M.I.A. (current UCSD students only)
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines April 22, 2017 (Fall 2018)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 2 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website gps.ucsd.edu
Email gps-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex, Room 4100
Phone 858 534 5914
Mailing Address
Office of Admissions
School of Global Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

Master of Advanced Studies International Affairs (IR77)

The School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) is the University of California's only professional school of international relations and the only program in the U.S. focused on the Pacific region. The Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS/IA) degree is designed for professionals with a minimum of five years of full-time work experience. Students enrolled full-time complete the degree in one academic year; a part-time enrollment option is available to professionals with flexible work schedules.

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Program Overview MAS-IA students are dynamic professionals seeking specialized and advanced education in the field of international affairs. The curriculum instills a strong understanding of how public policy, management and international interactions shape strategic decision-making. Students enrolled full time complete the degree in a nine-month academic year. A part-time enrollment option is also available to professionals with flexible work schedules.
Specializations

In addition to core classes, students must also satisfy the requirements of a career track and complete regional electives for a regional specialization:

China
Japan
Korea
Latin America
Southeast Asia

Career tracks are designed for students to focus their studies in a functional area of their choice:

International Relations
International Political Economy
International Public Policy
Environmental Policy and Sustainability
Security of the Asia-Pacific

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Major Master of Advanced Studies International Affairs
Degree Master of Advanced Studies
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Applicants must have a minimum of five years, full-time, relevant professional experience. The requirements for international experience might be met in a number of ways, including:

Foreign work experience or work experience with a multinational enterprise, government entity or NGO with foreign operations
Extended residence abroad
Other relevant international experience, considered on a case by case basis

Application Deadlines June 30, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Applicants to the MAS-IA must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

All letters of recommendation must be in English. Those making the recommendations can submit the recommendation directly through the online graduate application or mail it to the GPS Admissions Office in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender. The recommendation must include complete contact information for the recommender.

Statement of Purpose

Required

The Statement of Purpose has no word limit and may include:

Your interests and/or professional objectives in international affairs
How your background has prepared you to pursue these objectives
How the GPS program will help you achieve these objectives

Resume/CV

Required

Additional Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of five years, full-time, relevant professional experience. The requirements for international experience might be met in a number of ways, including:

Foreign work experience or work experience with a multinational enterprise, government entity or NGO with foreign operations
Extended residence abroad
Other relevant international experience, considered on a case by case basis

**Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Contact gps-apply@ucsd.edu for more information.

Contact Info

Website http://gps.ucsd.edu
Email gps-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex, Room 4100
Phone 858 534 5914
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
School of Global Policy and Strategy
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0520
La Jolla, CA 92093-0520

Master of Public Policy (IR79)

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program. Constructing the scaffolding for policy making in a global context is the critical component of the MPP. This degree provides graduates with the skills needed to compare best practices in the United States, Latin America, Asia and beyond.

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Program Overview The Master of Public Policy (MPP) combines social-science policy expertise with UC San Diego's strengths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health sciences.
Specializations

Areas of specialization:

American Politics and Policy
Energy and Environmental Policy
Health Policy
International Business and Regulation
Program Design and Evaluation
Security Policy

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Major Master of Public Policy
Degree Master of Public Policy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Proficiency in a foreign language is not required for the MPP. Language coursework may be counted toward the degree as long as the language matches an elective regional or country specialization in the Asia Pacific.

**Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Contact gps-apply@ucsd.edu for more information.

Application Deadlines June 30, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test or GMAT is required.

Applicants to the MPP must submit either a GRE or GMAT score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Applicants to the MPP must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Statement of Purpose has no word limit, and can include the following information:

Your research interests and/or professional objectives in public policy
How your background has prepared you to pursue these objectives
How the GPS program will help you achieve these objectives

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website gps.ucsd.edu
Email gps-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex
Phone 858 534 5914
Mailing Address
Office of Admissions
School of Global Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

Master of International Affairs (IR78)

The School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) is the University of California's only professional school of international relations and the only program in the U.S. focused on the Pacific region. The Master of International Affairs (MIA) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program. The curriculum focuses on the professional’s need to have a comprehensive worldview, and students in this program specialize in business, politics, economics, development and public policy in the Pacific region.

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Program Overview The core curriculum is designed to integrate the diverse subject areas of international management, international relations and comparative public policy.

In addition to core classes, students in the program select one career track and one country/regional specialization:
China
Korea
Japan
Latin America
Southeast Asia

Language acquisition is a key element within the curriculum. GPS Students will take language courses that correspond to their selected regional specialization, unless certain conditions are met.
Specializations

Career tracks are designed for students to acquire expertise in a functional area of their choice and consist of five courses from a prescribed list: two required and three electives. Students will choose one of the following career tracks:

International Management
International Development and Nonprofit Management
International Politics
International Economics
International Environmental Policy

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Major Master of International Affairs
Degree Master of International Affairs
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

**Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Contact gps-apply@ucsd.edu for more information.

Application Deadlines June 30, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test or GMAT is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Applicants to the MIA must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

All letters of recommendation must be in English. Those making the recommendations can submit the recommendation directly through GradApply or mail it to the GPS Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender. The recommendation must include complete contact information for the recommender.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Statement of Purpose has no word limit, and can include the following information:

Your research interests and/or professional objectives in international affairs
How your background has prepared you to pursue these objectives
How the GPS program will help you achieve these objectives

Resume/CV

Required

Additional Requirements

**Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Contact gps-apply@ucsd.edu for more information.

Contact Info

Website gps.ucsd.edu
Email gps-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex, Room 4100
Phone 858 534 5914
Mailing Address
Office of Admissions
School of Global Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Program Overview The core curriculum is designed to integrate the diverse subject areas of international management, international relations and comparative public policy.

In addition to core classes, students in the program select one career track and one country/regional specialization:
China
Korea
Japan
Latin America
Southeast Asia

Language acquisition is a key element within the curriculum. GPS Students will take language courses that correspond to their selected regional specialization, unless certain conditions are met.
Specializations

Career tracks are designed for students to acquire expertise in a functional area of their choice and consist of five courses from a prescribed list: two required and three electives. Students will choose one of the following career tracks:

International Management
International Development and Nonprofit Management
International Politics
International Economics
International Environmental Policy

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Major Master of International Affairs
Degree Non-Degree (with prior approval)
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines May 31, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Applicants to the MIA must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

All letters of recommendation must be in English. Those making the recommendations can submit the recommendation directly through GradApply or mail it to the GPS Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender. The recommendation must include complete contact information for the recommender.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Statement of Purpose has no word limit, and can include the following information:

Your research interests and/or professional objectives in international affairs
How your background has prepared you to pursue these objectives
How the GPS program will help you achieve these objectives.

Resume/CV

Recommended

Contact Info

Website gps.ucsd.edu
Email gpa-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex, Room 4100
Phone 858 534 5914
Mailing Address
Office of Admissions
School of Global Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (GP75)

This professional degree allows students to combine GPS’s rigorous professional training with a specialist’s interest in China. Students are trained to use cross-disciplinary tools to dig deeply into the economics and politics of China, as well as to consider its place in the Asia Pacific region and its relationship with the U.S.

Program Info

Area of Study School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Program Overview The Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA) allows students to combine GPS’s rigorous professional training with a specialist’s interest in China. Students are trained to use cross-disciplinary tools to dig deeply into the economics and politics of China, as well as to consider its place in the Asia Pacific region and its relationship with the U.S.
Specializations

Chinese Economy
Chinese Environment
Chinese Foreign Relations and Security
Chinese Politics and Public Policy

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)
Major Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs
Degree Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

The ability to use original language source material is essential for serious professional analysis of China, thus students must possess language skills that are appropriate to the type of research they propose to conduct.

Students are strongly encouraged to conduct fieldwork in China during the summer between year one and year two of the program. GPS will work with partner universities in China to create opportunities for extended fieldwork and training that might include both summer and year two fall quarter.

**Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis. Contact gps-apply@ucsd.edu for more information.

Application Deadlines June 30, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test or GMAT is required.

Applicants to the MPP must submit either a GRE or GMAT score report to be considered for admission to GPS.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Statement of Purpose has no word limit, and can include the following information:

Your research interests and/or professional objectives in public policy
How your background has prepared you to pursue these objectives
How the GPS program will help you achieve these objectives

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website gps.ucsd.edu
Email gps-apply@ucsd.edu
Campus Office School of Global Policy and Strategy
UC San Diego
Robinson Building Complex
Phone 858.534.5914
Mailing Address
School of Global Policy and Strategy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

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