Degrees at a Glance

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy offers eight graduate degree programs in international affairs and public policy. Read below for more information!


Master of International Affairs (MIA) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program combining regional expertise in Asia and/or the Americas and an area of focus within the international affairs field.

Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program allowing students to dive deep into one or more policy areas.  

Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA) is a two-year, full-time professional degree program. The ability to use original language source material is essential for serious professional analysis of China.

Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA) is an executive degree program. Only applicants with a minimum of five or more years of work experience will be considered for admission to this program.

Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs is a joint program with the UC San Diego Department of Political Science.

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Concurrent Degree Programs

Several five-year concurrent degree programs are offered in collaboration with UC San Diego’s International Studies Program and departments of Economics and Political Science. They are only open to current UC San Diego undergraduate students. These programs incorporate graduate-level coursework into the final year of study for a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree is awarded upon completion of an additional year of coursework as a matriculated graduate student at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. 

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