UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

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School of Global Policy and Strategy
School of Global Policy and Strategy Logo.png.jpg
Former name
Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS)
Motto"Shaping the Pacific Century"
TypePublic
Established1989[1]
Parent institution
UC San Diego
DeanPeter Cowhey
Students205
Location, ,
32°53′04″N 117°14′28″W / 32.884355°N 117.241149°W / 32.884355; -117.241149 (Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies)Coordinates: 32°53′04″N 117°14′28″W / 32.884355°N 117.241149°W / 32.884355; -117.241149 (Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies)
AffiliationsAPSIA
Websitehttps://gps.ucsd.edu/
Southwest exterior of the school

The School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) at the University of California San Diego, formerly the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), is devoted to the study of international affairs, economics, and policy education. Until 2015, it stood as the only professional school of international affairs that was exclusively focused on Asia and the Americas.

GPS provides a unique resource for training leaders, creating ideas, and building networks for the Pacific Century. The curriculum blends a mix of three professional school traditions-schools of international relations, public policy, and management. Interdisciplinary yet integrated curricula prepare students to perform with distinction in senior policy positions in the public and non-profit sectors, as well as in the top management of multinational firms and financial institutions. In May 2015, UC San Diego announced that IR/PS would expand its focus and become the School of Global Policy and Strategy, and that its Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies would become the Center for Global Transformation.[2][3]

GPS is a full member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.[4] Foreign Policy magazine's 2015 rankings of the top international affairs schools placed UCSD at 7th, 13th and 13th worldwide for its PhD, master's and bachelor's programs, respectively.[5]

Prominent faculty[edit]


Majors[edit]

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Master of International Affairs (BA/MIA)[edit]

The BA/MIA is a consecutive program offered in collaboration with UC San Diego's undergraduate International Studies Program (ISP). The incorporates graduate-level coursework into the final year of study for a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. The Master of International Affairs degree is awarded upon completion of an additional year of coursework at the School.

The program is open only to International Studies-International Business, International Studies-Economics and International Studies-Political Science majors at UC San Diego.

Program Overview[edit]

In addition to core classes, students in the program select one career track and one country/regional specialization: China, Korea, Japan, Latin America or Southeast Asia. Language acquisition is a key element within the curriculum.

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies The program requires students to have a primary track and a secondary track in: Economics-Political Science, Political Science-Economics, International Business-Political Science. The undergraduate requirements are different from those for the standard International Studies business, economics, and political science tracks. The final undergraduate year incorporates graduate-level course work at the School. Details on the curriculum can be found here.

Master of International Affairs (one additional year) The ISP regional requirement for the B.A. is separate from the Eleanor Roosevelt College regional specialization and the School’s country/regional specialization. The courses cannot overlap or be double-counted. *[1]

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Public Policy (BA/MPP)[edit]

The BA/MPP is a joint program with the UC San Diego Department of Economics. The program incorporates graduate-level coursework into the final undergraduate year of study for a Bachelor of Arts in Economics-Public Policy. The Master of Public Policy is awarded upon completion of an additional year of coursework as a matriculated graduate student at the school.

The curriculum is built around micro– and macro-economics and econometrics, economic policy analysis, public finance and taxation, the study of the politics of policymaking and implementation, law and regulation, institutional processes, the opportunity for the development of advanced training in hard skills such as GIS and remote sensing, and a full year of developing an expertise in at least one area of public policy.

Program Overview[edit]

In addition to the first-year core classes, students must declare at least one Area of Specialization and complete a second-year capstone course with a substantial research project.

In order for a student to be eligible for the BA/MPP, they must first be a declared Economics (EN25) major, have completed their undergraduate college breadth requirements, the lower division course work in math and economics as outlined below, and the upper-division sequences required for the major (ECON 100 A, B, C; ECON 110 A, B; and ECON 120, A, B, C). Admission requires a major GPA of 3.4. Applications to the program are taken in the spring quarter of the junior year. Upon admission, the student must change their major to Economics-Public Policy (EN29). Only BA/MPP students may declare the Economics-Public Policy major. *[2]

Master of International Affairs (MIA)[edit]

The MIA is a two-year, full-time degree program, focusing on the Americas and Asia. The faculties consist of leaders in public policy, global politics, international security, business and economics, and environmental sustainability.

The high-performing students explore a variety of career paths at GPS through dynamic case studies assigned by industry-leading scholars, quantitative analyses of real-world challenges and professional internships.

Graduates pursue careers in global business, diplomacy, nonprofits, regional development and more. GPS alumni network spans more than 80 countries, maintaining GPS connections all over the world.

Program Overview[edit]

The MIA requires 98 units for completion. All students take eight required core courses in economics, management, political science, and quantitative methods training during the first year and a capstone course in the second. Students in the program select one career track and one country/regional specialization: China, Korea, Japan, Latin America or Southeast Asia. Language acquisition is a key element within the curriculum. *[3]

Master of Public Policy (MPP)[edit]

The MPP is a two-year, full-time professional degree program. Constructing the scaffolding for policymaking in a global context is the critical component of the program. It prepares students with the skills needed to compare best practices in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and beyond.

The faculties are go-to experts for the public, private and intergovernmental sectors, creating design and evaluation methodology of public policy around the globe. The degree combines this social science policy expertise with our campus strengths in STEM and health sciences.

Program Overview[edit]

The MPP requires 92 units for completion. All students take eight required core courses in economics, management, political science and quantitative methods training during the first year and a capstone course in the second. Students must choose a minimum of one area of specializations. Although proficiency in a foreign language is not required, 24 units may be counted toward the degree as long as the language matches an elective regional or country specialization. *[4]

Master of Chinese Economic and Political Affairs (MCEPA)[edit]

The MCEPA is a new, innovative, two-year, full-time degree program. Students work with UC San Diego’s world-class community of China scholars to investigate in depth the most important issues relating to contemporary China.

This professional degree allows students to combine rigorous professional training with a specialist’s interest in China. Students are trained to use cross-disciplinary tools to dig deeply into the economics and politics of China, as well as to consider its place in the Asia Pacific region and its relationship with the U.S.

The expertise of the core faculty covering economics, management, political science, and policy analytics, is supplemented by other UC San Diego scholars who specialize in Chinese politics, society, history and language. The result is academic and professional training that prepares graduates for an array of academic, business, diplomatic and government positions.

Program Overview[edit]

The MCEPA requires 96 units for completion. All students take 28 required core units of economics, management, political science, and quantitative methods training during the first year. Another 24 units consist of China-specific coursework, and 24 units are selected to form an individualized program tailored to from the student’s chosen area of specialization: Chinese Economy, Chinese Environment, Chinese Foreign Relations, and Security or Chinese Politics and Public Policy.

The final 20 units are divided into a three course research series, starting with “Sources and Methods” and followed by a two-quarter capstone requirement. The cornerstone of the degree is the design and implementation of an interdisciplinary capstone project. This research project is closely guided by our faculty over the last six months of the degree program. The capstone fosters a mastery of research design and methods for the study of contemporary China and requires critical analysis of original and secondary Chinese sources. The ability to use original language source material is essential for serious professional analysis of China, thus students must possess language skills that are appropriate to the type of research they propose to conduct. *[5]

Master of Advanced Studies in International Affairs (MAS-IA)[edit]

The MAS-IA is GPS leading executive international affairs degree. Incoming students are seasoned professionals with five or more years of work experience and our curriculum challenges them by digging deeply into the study of international relations, international political economy, public policy, environmental sustainability, and Asia-Pacific security.

GPS offers the flexibility of both full- and part-time enrollment, allowing students the option of maintaining employment while pursuing their degree.

GPS students thrive in the diverse, cosmopolitan atmosphere of one of America’s most innovative cities. On-campus, students work with professors who are leading experts in their fields. Selecting one of five specialized career tracks, as well as a regional specialization, students are able to connect academic work with the leadership roles they’ll assume after graduation.

Program Overview[edit]

Students enrolled full time complete the degree in a nine-month academic-year (holders of F or J visas must study full time). A part-time enrollment option (2 academic years) is also available to professionals with flexible work schedules.

In addition to core classes, students must also satisfy the requirements of a career track and complete electives for a country/regional specialization: China, Korea, Japan, Latin America or Southeast Asia. *[6]

Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs[edit]

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

This program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research, or as international affairs researchers and specialists in policy analysis.

Program Overview[edit]

The program builds on the considerable strength that each unit possesses and offers a unique focus within the context of the Pacific region.

The program has a required first-year curriculum in which students focus on coursework in politics and research methods. During the second year, students begin to focus their coursework on their chosen area of research, completing the 18 required courses for advancement to candidacy. In addition, candidates are expected to finish a seminar paper and sit for their general comprehensive exam. Details on the curriculum can be found here. *[7]

Journals[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of California, San Diego. Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ Griffin, Jade (7 May 2015). "Global Shift". This Week at UC San Diego. University of California, San Diego. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Final IR/PS class entrusted to 'write the social contract of this century'". University of California, San Diego. June 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Thomson Reuters (August 2, 2009). "International Relations: High-Impact U.S. Institutions, 2004-08". Science Watch. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  5. ^ "The Best International Relations Schools in the World". Foreign Policy Magazine. FP Group. Retrieved 2 March 2015.

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