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BA/MIA: International Studies - International Business

Program Description

The International Studies Program and the School of Global Policy and Strategy 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 BA graduation: Bachelor of Arts: 4 quarters of language or equivalent proficiency.

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 prior to matriculation to GPS.
  • 5th and 6th quarter courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.
  • 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 (5 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/MGT 4. Financial Accounting
  • MGT 5. Managerial Accounting

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)

  • INTL 101. Culture and Society in International Perspective
  • INTL 102. Economics, Politics, and International Change
  • INTL 190. Seminar in International Studies

Primary Track – International Business (8 courses)

  • Five (5) upper-division courses:
    • MGT 103. Product Marketing and Management
    • MGT 181. Enterprise Finance
    • MGT 164. Business and Organizational Leadership
    • MGT 166. Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
    • MGT 112. Global Business Strategy
  • Three (3) graduate level courses to be taken senior  year:
    • GPCO 401. Microeconomics for Policy and Management
    • GPCO 403. International Economics
    • GPCO 404. Market Failures and Policy Interventions

Secondary Track – Political Science (5 courses)

  • Two (2) regionally focused 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 completed 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

  • Both secondary track courses must focus on one (1) country or region.
    • Regions: East Asia or Latin America
    • 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. 

Additional Application Requirements

  • 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

Course requirements that must be completed by spring prior to admission:

  • 1 Year of Calculus: MATH 10A-B-C or MATH 20A-B-C
  • Lower-division Accounting: 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. 

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.
  • International Politics 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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Study Abroad
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Office Location:
Robinson Building Complex, Building 3
Phone: (858) 822-5299
Email: isp@ucsd.edu

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