Applying for Admission to the MAIR Program

Applicants to the MAIR program should keep in mind that the admissions process is competitive and that meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission. They should also understand that the application package is considered as a whole, and that weaknesses in one dimension may be more than offset by strengths in another dimension.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA.
  • Minimum GRE scores of 50 to 60 percent ranking on the verbal section, 40 to 50 percent ranking on the quantitative section, and 50 percent ranking or 4.0 on the analytical section. All applicants are required to take the GRE; other examinations cannot be substituted for this requirement.
  • Official transcript showing the applicant's conferred bachelor's degree. Applicants who earned their bachelor's degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course WES evaluation.
    • Institutions that can send secure electronic transcripts should send them to
    • Official transcript(s) should show at least some academic preparation from courses in political science, history, economics and/or other subjects relevant to international affairs; students do not need to have majored in these fields as long as they have strong intellectual aptitude and demonstrated international interest.
  • International applicants only: minimum official TOEFL score of 90
  • Submitted online Graduate Admissions application, which includes:
    • A statement of purpose (500 words) explaining why you are pursuing a MAIR degree and why USD is the proper fit for your aspirations.
    • Writing sample.
    • Current resume.
    • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from academic referees)
    • $45 application fee