OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE VICE CHANCELLOR -
May 12, 2015
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UC SAN DIEGO
UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) is being renamed the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). Effective July 1, the new name reflects the increasingly broadened scope of the school’s research impact worldwide.
In addition, the school’s Master of Pacific and International Affairs (MPIA) will become a Master of International Affairs (MIA), a more standard degree awarded by international relations schools. The change also recognizes our students’ studies beyond the Pacific region.
Since its founding in 1986, the school has established itself as a leader in research and policy development in the Pacific region, which includes Asia and the Americas. The school is widely recognized for its analysis of public policy and economic markets, as well as its work addressing key issues centered on international conflict and cooperation.
Led by Dean Peter Cowhey, the School of Global Policy and Strategy will remain firmly grounded in its strength of research relating to the Pacific. The school will continue to leverage UC San Diego’s interdisciplinary and collaborative academic environment with the goal of breaking traditional research barriers to make leading-edge discoveries that make a positive impact worldwide. In addition, the School of Global Policy and Strategy provides myriad tools, strengthened analytic training and rigorous curriculum to prepare students to become global leaders and innovators.