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Applying to the MAS-IA Program

The Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) is designed for professionals seeking specialized and advanced training in the field of international affairs to complement their professional experience. 

Contact Us

To request information about admission to the MAS-iA program, submit an online contact form. You may also contact the MAS-IA Program Coordinator at any time for in-depth information about executive education at IR/PS.

Be sure to take advantage of one of the many opportunities to tour the campus, chat online or meet admissions staff in person to learn more about the program.

  • Contact the us to schedule your campus tour
  • Meet admissions staff at a recruiting fair (schedule coming soon) 
  • Chat online with admissions staff, program directors, students, alumni or faculty
  • Like our Facebook page to stay updated on news and events
  • Request to join our Facebook 2015 Applicant Forum to ask questions of current students about academics, student life, living in San Diego or anything else.

Planning Your Application

We look forward to working with you throughout the application process that uses uses the UC San Diego online system. Once you begin your application, you have the ability to log in and work on your application as needed. If you have updates to your information after you have submitted your application, please contact contact us directly.

Early: Oct. 30, 2014
Standard: Jan. 15, 2015
Applications will be considered until May 31, 2015, contingent upon space availability.

The online application and supporting online materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the day of the deadline. Hard copy materials must be postmarked by the deadline. If the date should occur on a weekend or holiday, the next business day will apply.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have earned a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an institution of comparable standing to the University of California with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must have a minimum of five years of professional experience and relevant international experience. The requirements for international experience might be met in a number of ways, including:

  • foreign work experience or work experience with a multinational enterprise, government entity or NGO with foreign operations
  • extended residence abroad
  • other relevant international experience considered on a case-by-case basis

Application Materials

Application to the program requires the submission of the materials listed below. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received by the deadline. All materials, except official academic transcript(s), can be submitted through the UC San Diego graduate online application website.

Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
Upload a PDF version of your current professional résumé or curriculum vitae.

Personal Statement

Three Letters of Recommendation
All letters of recommendation must be in English. Those making the recommendations can submit them directly to the online graduate application or mail them in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender. The recommendation must include complete contact information for the recommender.

Standardized Tests
Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied for one uniterrupted year at a university-level institution in a country where English is the official language must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking and receiving passing scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, or Pearson's Test of English-Academic (PTE-Academic) exam. IR/PS requires minimum scores of: TOEFL 80 iBT or 550 PBT; IELTS band 7.0; or PTE-Academic overall 65.

Applicants may either submit official academic transcript(s) by mail in an unopened envelope sealed by the university's registrar or upload copies of transcripts in the online system.

Application Fee

The fee to apply is $90 for U.S. applicants and $110 for international applicants. The fee is non-refundable and payable by major credit card. Fee waivers are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with certain income levels. More information is available through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Mailing Supplemental Materials

Except for transcripts, all application materials can be submitted electronically through the online application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials are received by the deadline.

IR/PS Office of Admissions
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0520
La Jolla, CA 92093-0520
United States of America


Applicants who were not offered admission may reapply in subsequent years. Files are kept for one year. Please contact us to notify of your intent to reapply and to confirm your application materials are still on file.

All individuals reapplying to IR/PS must submit a new application, pay the application fee and adhere to any new application requirements. Certain materials, such as test scores, transcripts, and letters of reference may be used again. Please keep in mind it is the responsibility of the applicant to verify test scores have not expired and that letters of reference are up-to-date.

IR/PS adheres to all University of California policies and procedures regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. For more information, please visit the UC San Diego Office of Graduate Studies.