Applying to the Major

International Development Application Information

Application Requirements:  Applications for current UCLA students are ONLY accepted during the FALL
By the end of that term, students should have done the following:

  • completed all preparation courses by the end of the Fall Quarter of their Junior Year (3rd year) with a minimum UC GPA in these courses of 2.00 (courses in progress during the Fall will be accepted)
  • completed at least level 3 of a foreign language (equivalent to three quarters at UCLA)*
  • submitted an application during Fall 2014.

*Level  6 (or Spanish 5) of foreign language is required to complete all preparation requirements, but can be done once accepted to the major.

Admission to the Major: 

  • Meeting the minimum preparation requirements does not guarantee admission.
  •  Space is limited; therefore the application process is very selective. 
  • Admission Criteria: 1) IDS preparatory UC GPA. The average prep GPA in the 2013-2014 period was 3.2.  2) Statement of Interest: “Why do you want to major in IDS”: We are trying to determine if you are a good fit.  NOTE:  a high GPA does not guarantee acceptance to the major, as the statement is also considered. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions tab for more details on the Statement of Interest.

Back up Majors: Students should have a backup major in mind in the event they are not accepted to the IDS major. Possible back up majors are: International Area Studies (African & Middle Eastern Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies), Anthropology, History, Geography, Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, Afro-American Studies.

Incoming UCLA Students: Incoming freshmen and transfer students may come to UCLA as Pre-International Development Studies majors. however, they will still need to apply for it.  Incoming students should have a back-up major. Students admitted under another major may also apply.


The 2014-2015 online application for the International Development Studies major is available

   Monday, November 3rd and will close Friday, November 21st

Application: Applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail within the first three weeks of 2015 Winter Quarter.  Please refrain from inquiring about your application status until then.

The online application will include the following:

  • Name:
  • UID:
  • Completed Prep Requirements: Check Box
  • Back-Up Major:
  • Short Statement of Interest: Why are you interested in pursuing the IDS major? Your answer will allow the committee to learn about your background and whether or not you are a good fit for the program (300 words)
  • Relevant Experience: What experiences have you had related to international development? You may include extra-curricular activities, research experiences, study abroad, etc.

The application is only available in the Fall Quarter.

Please feel free to contact our office at if you have any inquires about this application.



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