Application Information

IMPORTANT: The plan is to begin the program for the upcoming Fall 2020 term, so long as a sufficient number of students apply and are admitted to the new program.

Students admitted to the MAIR 4+1 program will complete a minimum of 141 credits, of which 111 will be earned at the undergraduate level and 30 will be at the graduate level. Nine graduate credits (three courses) will be taken during students' senior year of undergraduate studies. The remaining 21 credits (seven courses) will be taken in the year following completion of the Bachelor's degree. Students in their junior year of a major in Government and Politics can apply to the MAIR program and, once admitted, begin coursework in their senior year. GVPT majors with coursework in international relations, some quantitative methods, and a 3.0 or higher GPA will be most competitive for admission to the MAIR 4+1 program. For example, those GVPT majors that will complete the IR concentration or the Minor in Development and Conflict Management should be very competitive for admission to the MAIR 4+1 program. Once enrolled in the MAIR 4+1 program, students who complete their GVPT BA degree will then be formally admitted to the Graduate School at UMD provided they meet all prevailing Graduate School admission requirements.

Application Requirements

For admission to the MAIR program, prospective students should:

  • Be a GVPT major
  • Be able to graduate in Spring or Summer 2021
  • Have taken coursework in International Relations and Quantitative Methods
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Apply for the 2020-2021 MAIR Program today: Apply here.