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Bachelor/Master Program

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 (BA/MIA). 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.

Program Description

This program is open only to UCSD International Studies majors in one of the following two track options:

  • International Studies – Economics with a Secondary Track in Political Science
  • International Studies International Business with a Secondary Track in Political Science
  • International Studies – Political Science with a Secondary Track in Economics

These tracks require eighteen (18) upper-division and graduate-level courses.

The combined BA/MIA 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 their senior year, 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 additional year, at the end of which they will receive their MIA.

Students interested in pursuing this program are encouraged to contact the International Studies advisors as soon as possible to ensure proper preparation for the program and application process. 

Overview of Program Requirements - Freshman Students

Detailed Requirements

  • International Studies – Economics with a Secondary Track in Political Science
  • International Studies – International Business with a Secondary Track in Political Science
  • International Studies – Political Science with a Secondary Track in Economics

Timeline of the 5 year Program for Freshman Students

Years 1 – 3

  • Meet with International Studies Advisors 
  • It is recommended that students complete (or have nearly completed):
    • College General Education & University Requirements
    • Pacific Rim language courses
    • Lower-division pre-requisite courses
    • INTL 101, INTL 102 & INTL 190
    • Approximately half of the primary & secondary track courses

Fall Quarter of Year 3

  • Begin working on BA/MIA Application

Spring Quarter of Year 3

  • Apply to BA/MIA Program
  • Typical application deadline is April 22

End of Spring Quarter of Year 3

  • Receive notification of admission into BA/MIA program

Summer following Year 3

  • GPS Summer Prep Program (Variable dates, typically from the beginning of August through mid-September)
  • GPS Orientation (Variable dates, typically mid-September)

Year 4

  • GPS Graduate Core Curriculum & Methods Courses
    • These graduate courses apply toward the undergraduate primary and secondary track requirements.
    • Completion of remaining undergraduate course requirements:
      • Remaining track courses
      • Remaining college & university requirements

Spring of Year 4

  • Graduate with Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from UCSD

Summer following Year 4

  • Complete a required professional internship approved by GPS

Year 5

Spring of Year 5

  • Graduate with Master of International Affairs (MIA) from GPS

Overview of Program Requirements - Transfer Students

Note: Some transfer students may require an additional undergraduate year to complete the BA/MIA program

Detailed Requirements

  • International Studies – Economics with a Secondary Track in Political Science
  • International Studies International Business with a Secondary Track in Political Science
  • International Studies – Political Science with a Secondary Track in Economics

Timeline of the 3 year Program for Transfer Students

Community College Coursework

  • Meet with International Studies Advisors
  • It is recommended that students complete (or have nearly completed):
  • Pacific Rim language courses
  • Lower-division pre-requisite courses

Admission to UCSD

Fall Quarter of Year 1 at UCSD

  • Meet with International Studies Advisors
  • Begin working on BA/MIA Application

Spring Quarter of Year 1

  • Apply to BA/MIA Program
  • Typical application deadline is April 22

End of Spring Quarter of Year 1

  • Receive notification of admission into BA/MIA program

Summer following Year 1

  • GPS Summer Prep Program (Variable dates, typically from the beginning of August through mid-September)
  • GPS Orientation (Variable dates, typically mid-September)

Year 2

  • GPS Graduate Core Curriculum & Methods Courses
    • These graduate courses apply toward the undergraduate primary and secondary track requirements.
    • Completion of remaining undergraduate course requirements:
      • INTL 190
      • Remaining track courses
      • Remaining college & university requirements

Spring of Year 2

  • Graduate with Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from UCSD

Summer following Year 2

  • Required Professional Internship

Year 3

Spring of Year 3

  • Graduate with Master of International Affairs (MIA) from GPS

Requirements for Admission

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

  • International Studies – Economics with a Secondary Track in Political Science
  • International 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 spring prior to admission - Economics and Political Science Tracks:

  • 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

Course requirements that must be completed by spring prior to admission - International Business Track

  • 1 Year of Calculus: MATH 10A-B-C or MATH 20A-B-C
  • Lower-division Accoutning: ECON/MGT 4 and MGT 5
  • INTL 101 – Culture and Society in International Perspective
  • INTL 102 – Economics, Politics, and International Change

Students must be able to complete all requirements to qualify for graduation by end of spring of senior year.

Time Commitment

  • Summer following Admission – GPS Summer Prep (if required)
  • Resident at UCSD senior year

Application

Please refer to GPS website for official and updated information.

Standard Deadline: April 22

  • Students apply spring quarter of their junior year. 
  • The first year of the program is intended for students to complete during their senior year with graduation occurring at the end of spring quarter.

Application Requirements 

  • Advising session with International Studies Advisor 
  • Completion of online application via Grad Apply
  • Completion of requirements for admission
  • Two (2) Essays
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
    • Preferred:
      • One academic reference
      • One professional reference
  • Admissions Interview
    • This interview is conducted following the submission of the completed application.