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Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders
The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies was established in 1986 at UC San Diego and is the only professional school of international relations in the University of California system.
Our programs address the challenges of the Pacific region by exploring not only theoretical but also practical applications for professionals working in the global context.
At its core, the curriculum focuses on the need to have a comprehensive worldview, with a strong understanding of how public policy, management and international interactions shape strategic decision-making.
Our graduates distinguish themselves with the ability to:
- identify new challenges systematically
- analyze information rigorously
- present solutions clearly
Approaching Projects with a Systematic Focus
Early in the program students complete they coursework in accounting, statistics, managerial economics and policy studies. These courses require students to establish a framework, collect the proper data and think about each question holistically. Our graduates are unique in their equal comfort reading financial reports, tracking principal-agent relationships and dealing with raw statistical data.
Conduct Thorough, Rigorous Analyses
Coursework in finance, cost-benefit analysis, econometrics, managerial decision-making and institutional engineering prepare them to analyze projects from a variety of angles. They will feel comfortable developing a strategic plan for one client, while building pro-forma financial statements for another. And throughout the program, students are required to work on real-world projects with actual clients and prospective employers.
Career Success in the Public, Private and Nonprofit Sectors
Meet some of our accomplished alumni and view our latest hiring statistics. We invite employers to register with our online system, IRPSCAREERS, or contact Career Services staff to post an internship or job, arrange for a customized resume collection, make arrangements to deliver a company information session or conduct on-campus interviews.