Application Information

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 2022
  • Have taken coursework in International Relations and at least one course in Quantitative Methods
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.


The 2021 - 2022 MAIR Application can be found here.

IMPORTANT: This application cannot be saved. In order to submit this application, you will need your 2021 – 2022 course plan, statement of purpose, and unofficial UMD transcript. The statement of purpose should be no longer than two typed, double-spaced pages in 12 point font explaining why you are applying to this program and articulate your interest in International Relations. Please also explain how your prior coursework in GVPT has prepared you for this Masters program. 

The best consideration deadline for applications is March 1, 2021.