Applying to the Major

International Development Application Information

Application Requirements: UCLA students who are planning to pursue the International Development Studies (IDS) major should apply for the major. Applications 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.

Admission to the Major: Meeting the minimum preparation requirements does not guarantee admission to the IDS major.  We have a limited number of spaces allocated for new admits, therefore the application process is very selective. Two main factors are considered when admitting students. One of them is preparatory UC GPA. The second factor is whether or not the student is a good fit for the major based on the response to the short question “Why do you want to major in IDS”. The average prep GPA in the 2013-2014 period was 3.2, however, having a high GPA does not guarantee acceptance to the major, as the essay question is also considered.

Back up Major: Students should have a backup major in mind when applying so they can pursue that alternate major in the event they are not accepted to the IDS major. Possible back up majors to consider 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, please note that that designation has no bearing on being accepted to the International Development Studies major, as they will still need to apply for it.  Incoming students should have a back-up major, in case they are not accepted into the IDS major.  Also, transfer students interested in pursuing the Pre-International Development Studies major should have completed as many preparation courses prior to coming to UCLA if possible.


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

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

Note: If you have completed any preparation coursework outside of UCLA prior to the application period, please ensure that this coursework posts to your DPR/DAR. Please contact the UCLA Admissions Office if any non-UCLA coursework is still pending.

If you would like to verify that the courses you have taken are applying towards the preparation requirements correctly, please feel free model your DAR for the International Development Studies major.

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 Essay Question: 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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