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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor/Master Program (BA/MIA). The International Studies Program and the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) have collaborated to create a combined 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.

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

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

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 the senior 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 additional year, at the end of which they will receive their Master of International Affairs.

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. 

Undergraduate Admissions

UC San Diego’s Admissions Office handles undergraduate admissions for both freshmen and transfer students.  Students interested in pursuing our combined Bachelor/Master Program must first be admitted to UCSD as an undergraduate student.

Freshman Preparation

Language Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor/Master Program are required to complete two full years (six quarters) of a Pacific Rim Language.  There are many ways in which to complete the language requirement for the International Studies major prior to matriculation to UCSD.

Eligible Pacific Rim Languages:

  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Burmese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Note: Not all languages are available for instruction at UCSD.  Proficiency in those languages must be demonstrated through examination upon matriculation to GPS.

Calculus

All students pursuing the BA/MIA program will be required to complete one year of Calculus.

UCSD Calculus Courses

  • MATH 10A-B-C. Calculus
  • MATH 20A-B-C. Calculus for Science and Engineering

Calculus AP Exam

  • Calculus AB Exam
    • Score of 3: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A
    • Score of 4: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A or 20A
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A or 20A
  • Calculus BC Exam
    • Score of 3: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A and 10B
    • Score of 4: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A and 10B or 20A and 20B
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A and 10B or 20A and 20B

Community College Transfer Courses

Please utilize the articulation agreements set forth by ASSIST.org to determine transfer course equivalencies.

Economics (for the Economics and Political Science primary tracks only)

UCSD Lower-Division Economics Courses

  • ECON 1. Microeconomics
  • ECON 2. Market Imperfections & Policy
  • ECON 3. Macroeconomics

Economics AP Exam

  • Microeconomics AP Exam
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD ECON 1
  • Macroeconomics AP Exam
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD ECON 3

MGT Courses (for the International Business primary track only)

UCSD Lower-Division MGT Courses

  • MGT/ECON 4: Financial Accounting
  • MGT 5: Managerial Accounting

Community College Transfer Courses

Please utilize the articulation agreements set forth by ASSIST.org to determine transfer course equivalencies.

UCSD Academic Advising

It is strongly recommended that once students are admitted into UCSD they meet with the International Studies Advisor in order to create an academic plan in addition to reviewing the admission and application requirements for the Bachelor/Master Program.

Transfer Preparation

IGETC Certification

Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is strongly recommended for all students transferring from a California community college.  This curriculum will serve to clear most general education requirements for incoming transfer students, leaving one to eight (1-8) general education courses depending on which of the six UCSD colleges the student is admitted into.

UCSD Academic Advising

It is strongly recommended that transfer students interested in pursuing the Bachelor/Master Program complete as many of the lower-division pre-requisite courses listed below as possible prior to transfer to UCSD.  They are also encouraged to meet with the International Studies Advisor to discuss the requirements of the program prior to transfer to UCSD. It is important to note that some transfer students may require an additional year to complete the undergraduate coursework.

Language Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor/Master Program are required to complete two full years of a Pacific Rim Language.  There are many ways in which to complete the requirement for the International Studies major prior to matriculation to UCSD.  Click here to learn more about the language requirement.

Eligible Pacific Rim Languages:

  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Burmese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Note: Not all languages are available for instruction at UCSD.  Proficiency in those languages must be demonstrated through examination upon matriculation to GPS.

Calculus

All students pursuing the Bachelor/Master program will be required to complete one year of Calculus.

UCSD Calculus Courses

  • MATH 10A-B-C. Calculus
  • MATH 20A-B-C. Calculus for Science and Engineering

Calculus AP Exam

  • Calculus AB Exam
    • Score of 3: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A
    • Score of 4: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A or 20A
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A or 20A
  • Calculus BC Exam
    • Score of 3: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A and 10B
    • Score of 4: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A and 10B or 20A and 20B
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD MATH 10A and 10B or 20A and 20B

Community College Transfer Courses

Please utilize the articulation agreements set forth by ASSIST.org to determine transfer course equivalencies.

Economics (for the Economics and Political Science primary tracks only)

UCSD Lower-Division Economics Courses

  • ECON 1. Microeconomics
  • ECON 2. Market Imperfections & Policy
  • ECON 3. Macroeconomics

Economics AP Exam

  • Microeconomics AP Exam
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD ECON 1
  • Macroeconomics AP Exam
    • Score of 5: Gives credit for UCSD ECON 3

MGT Courses (for the International Business primary track only)

UCSD Lower-Division MGT Courses

  • MGT/ECON 4: Financial Accounting
  • MGT 5: Managerial Accounting

Community College Transfer Courses

Please utilize the articulation agreements set forth by ASSIST.org to determine transfer course equivalencies.

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