PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

University of California, San Diego

School of Global Policy & Strategy


UC San Diego is ranked among the top public universities in the nation. The School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) is the University of California's only professional school of international relations as well as the only such program in the U.S. focused on the Pacific region - Asia and the Americas. GPS' faculty and innovative curriculum provide our students with a unique blend of international relations, public policy, and management, as well as knowledge for leadership in the Pacific Century.

Degrees Offered

MIA Master of International Affairs
MPP Master of Public Policy
MAS-IA Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (mid-career program)
PhD Program in Political Science and International Affairs (joint program with UCSD Political Science Department)
BA/MIA Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Master of International Affairs (UCSD undergrads only)
Executive Education at the Global Leadership Institute

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

International Management
International Development
International Economics
International Politics
Environmental Policy
Public Policy
Security Policy
Health Policy
American Politics and Policy
International Trade / Business
Nonprofit Management
Foreign Policy
Organizational Theory / Management
Energy Policy
Human Rights / Humanitarian Affairs

Area Studies

Latin America
Southeast Asia

Graduate Program Overview

UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) offers five degree programs. UC San Diego students at the undergraduate level can enter the School as a gateway to international studies with a five-year bachelor's-to-master's degree program. At the graduate level, GPS offers a Master of International Affairs (MIA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP), as well as an executive Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs designed for mid-career professionals and a Ph.D. in conjunction with the UC San Diego Department of Political Science.

The MIA is a two-year, full-time professional degree program specializing in business, politics, economics, development and environmental policy within the Pacific context. Students choose one track and a regional concentration: Latin America, China, Korea, Southeast Asia and Japan. The MIA core curriculum is designed to integrate the diverse areas of international affairs through a rigorous series of quantitative, policy and economics courses.

The MPP is a two-year, full-time professional degree program that examines policymaking in a global context. Students specialize in American politics and policy, energy and environmental policy, health policy, international business and regulation, program design and evaluation and security policy. The MPP core curriculum is designed to integrate the diverse areas of public policy through a rigorous series of quantitative, analytical and economics courses.

The one-year MAS-IA program is designed for mid-career professionals with five to ten years of professional work experience. The PhD in International Affairs and Political Science is very small and selective. It is conducted jointly with UCSD's Political Science Department.

Located in San Diego, California, an emerging innovation hub at the crossroads of Asia and the Americas, GPS utilizes campus strengths in science and technology to create global policy recommendations on climate change, poverty and other pressing challenges.

Admissions Deadline

January 15 - standard deadline for MIA, MPP, and MAS-IA, programs to be considered for merit-based aid. December 10th is the deadline for the PhD program.

After January 15, MIA, MPP and MAS-IA applications are reviewed in the order received on a rolling admissions basis.

Admissions Overview

GPS students are an elite group of individuals committed to active participation in the global community. Grade point average and test scores are important, but not decisive. Each year, the applicant pool changes and admissions decisions are made based on comparing each applicant against his/her peers. We look at GPA and test scores, as well as the type of program and university the applicant attended, relevant work experience, the statement of purpose and the letters of recommendation which all play a deciding role.
The following materials are required to apply (please refer to our website for more specific requirements):
-complete online application
-three letters of recommendation
-statement of purpose

-GRE or GMAT test scores (for MIA, MPP, and PhD)
-TOEFL (for international applicants whose native language is not English)
- transcripts from all schools attended

Contact Information

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0519
La Jolla, California

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