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BA/MIA: International Studies - Economics

Program Description

The International Studies Program and the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) have collaborated to create a combined five-year Bachelor of Arts / Master of International Affairs program. The combined program is designed specifically for selected UCSD undergraduate majors in International Studies who seek advanced training for leadership positions in the Pacific Rim community.

The combined B.A./M.I.A. program retains and builds on the interdisciplinary core of the existing International Studies degree and adds to it the professional training of a one-year Master of International Affairs degree. During the Senior/4th Year of this streamlined program, students will apply a rigorous, graduate-level curriculum toward the completion of their undergraduate degree in International Studies. Students will be fully matriculated at GPS as graduate/professional students in the 5th Year, at the end of which they will receive their M.I.A.

Language Requirement

Students must complete two years of a Pacific Rim Language.

Required for Bachelor of Arts: 4 quarters of language or equivalent proficiency.

Required for Master of International Affairs: Two years (6 quarters) of a Pacific Rim language or equivalent proficiency.

  • Languages not listed as approved Pacific Rim languages will NOT fulfill the BA/MIA language requirement.
  • Although not necessary, it is recommended that students complete the 5th and 6th quarter of the Pacific Rim language for a letter grade prior to matriculation to GPS.
  • The language chosen must match intended GPS regional specialization.
  • Proficiency Exam: Given once matriculated to GPS in the 5th year (Examination equivalent to the final of a 6th quarter level course).

GPS Regional Specialization & Corresponding Languages:

The Pacific Rim Language selected and completed must match the GPS Regional Specialization which will be taken during the fifth year of the program.

Regional Specialization: Latin America


Brazilian Portuguese

Regional Specialization: China

Chinese (Mandarin)

Regional Specialization: Japan


Regional Specialization: Korea


Regional Specialization: Southeast Asia

Bahasa Indonesia


Chinese (Mandarin)




* If UCSD does not offer instruction in a regional language, students choosing to satisfy their language requirement must demonstrate proficiency through native speaking ability (as demonstrated by coursework in native language), or by examination.

Lower Division Requirements (6 courses)

All courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Calculus (1 year)

  • MATH 10A-B-C. Calculus


  • MATH 20A-B-C. Calculus for Science and Engineering


  • ECON 1. Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2.  Market Imperfections and Policy
  • ECON 3.  Principles of Macroeconomics

Upper Division & Graduate Course Requirements (18 courses)

All courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

International Studies Core Courses (3 courses)

Primary Track – Economics (8 courses)

  • Five (5) upper-division courses selected from the approved list:
    • ECON 100A-B-C. Microeconomics
    • ECON 110A-B. Macroeconomics
    • ECON 120A-B-C. Econometrics
    • ECON 101. International Trade
    • ECON 103. International Monetary Relations
    • ECON 114. Economics of Immigration
    • ECON 116. Economic Development
    • ECON 117. Economic Growth
    • ECON 125. Demographic Analysis and Forecasting
    • ECON 131. Economics of the Environment
    • ECON 132. Energy Economics
    • ECON 133. International Environmental Agreements
    • ECON 144. Economics of Conservation
    • ECON 145. Economics of Ocean Resources
    • ECON 161. Global Integration of Latin America
    • ECON 162. Economics of Mexico
    • ECON 163. Japanese Economy
    • ECON 165. Middle East Economics
  • Three (3) graduate level courses to be taken senior  year:
    • GPCO 401. Managerial Economics
    • GPCO 403. International Economics
    • GPCO 415. Accounting & Finance for Policy Makers

Secondary Track – Political Science (5 courses)

  • Two (2) upper-division courses selected from the approved list:
    • Comparative Politics: POLI 120A – POLI 139A
    • International Relations: POLI 140A – POLI 159
    • Policy Analysis: POLI 160AA – POLI 170A
    • Research Methods: POLI 181A-B-C
  • Three (3) graduate level courses to be taken senior  year:
    • GPCO 400. Policy-Making Processes
    • GPCO 410. International Politics and Security
    • GPCO 412. Globalization, the World System, and the Pacific

GPS Methods Courses (2 courses)

  • GPCO 453. Quantitative Methods I
  • GPCO 454. Quantitative Methods II

Regional Requirement

  • Of the seven (7) upper-division track courses, three (3) must focus on one (1) country or region.
  • Possible regions include: Latin America or East Asia.
    • Additional regions may be possible depending on departmental course offerings.  Please see IS advisor for advice regarding the selection of alternate regions.
    • Note: Pay attention to this requirement as departmental course offerings can vary, thus making it difficult to fulfill.
    • International Studies Regional Requirement does not need to match GPS Regional Specialization/Language.


Application for this program is required. 

Application Requirements

  • Students must have one of the following majors (no exceptions):

    • International Studies – Economics with a secondary track in Political Science
    • Interational Studies – International Business with a secondary track in Political Science
    • International Studies – Political Science with a secondary track in Economics

GPA Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0 or higher
  • Major GPA: 3.4 or higher

Course requirements that must be completed by the end of spring quarter prior to admission:

  • 1 Year of Calculus: MATH 10A-B-C or MATH 20A-B-C
  • Lower-division Economics: ECON 1-2-3
  • INTL 101 – Culture and Society in International Perspective
  • INTL 102 – Economics, Politics, and International Change
  • The ability to complete all requirements to qualify for graduation by end of spring of senior year. 

UCSD Residency Commitment

  • Students must be in-residence at UCSD for the following:
    • GPS Summer Prep: Summer following admission to the BA/MIA program (in-between the third & fourth year).
    • Senior Year: Required GPS core courses must be completed during senior year at UCSD.

GPS Summer Prep Courses

The GPS Prep Program is designed to equip students with the skills and abilities to succeed in the demanding environment of graduate studies. The program provides a review of GPS classroom skills as well as insight into the academic and cultural environment at GPS.

  • Each student’s individual record will be evaluated and prep will be required, recommended or waived.
  • If GPS Summer Prep is required, admission into the program is contingent upon completion of the prep courses.
  • Summer Prep Information

Graduate Requirements

Graduate Curriculum

Professional Internship

BA/MIA students are required to complete a professional internship during the summer between their fourth and fifth year. 

The value of an internship is in exploring career possibilities, developing contacts, and extending and obtaining new skills and insights. GPS Career Services works with students to direct them toward the best internship given their career interests. GPS interns have worked all over the world in a wide scope of jobs that transcend their GPS specialties. Internships are found in a wide range of settings and fields, including:

  • International Development and Nonprofit Management interns work with international nonprofits, international organizations, foundations, and in the development policy field. Development interns have worked on refugee return issues, health initiatives, and in microfinance.
  • International Economics interns work with U.S. and foreign government ministries, private firms, and research think tanks on trade policy, exchange rate management and economic forecasting.
  • International Environmental Policy interns work with advocacy organizations and multilateral actors on environmental policy issues ranging from forest conservation, cross border watershed management and agricultural production issues.
  • Management interns work in a variety of firms in fields such as finance, strategic marketing, supply chain management, and corporate social responsibility and consulting with Fortune 500 firms and small businesses working in the international business environment.
  • Politics and Public Policy interns work with U.S. and foreign government agencies, as well as political research and advocacy groups across a wide range of interests including diplomacy, trade promotion, and education policy.


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Phone: (858) 822-5299
Email: isp@ucsd.edu

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