Master of International Affairs (MIA)

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
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:
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.

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

Department School of Global Policy and Strategy
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 for more information.

Application Deadlines December 4, 2020 (Fall 2021)

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
GPS will not require or consider GRE or GMAT scores for Fall 2021 admission.
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


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



Contact Info

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, MC 0519
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519