Applying for Admission to the MAIR Program

Applicants to the MAIR program should keep in mind that the admission 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.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the MAIR program are accepted on a rolling basis year-round. However, applicants are encouraged to complete their application package by the posted deadlines below in order to guarantee the review of their application in time for their preferred start term.

application deadlines


Priority Deadline: October 1
Final Deadline: December 1*

*International applicants interested in applying for the Spring semester must complete their application package by November 1.


Priority Deadline: March 1
Final Deadline: July 15*

*International applicants interested in applying for the Fall semester must complete their application package by June 1.

Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA.
  • 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 explaining why you are pursuing a MAIR degree and why USD is the proper fit for your aspirations.
    • Writing sample.
    • Current resume or CV.
    • One letter of recommendation and contact information for two additional references.
    • Application fee.