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Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)


The Master of International Public Policy degree program is designed for experienced professionals with at least seven years of work experience who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. 

Become an Expert

Leaders who understand the intersection of policy management and international relations are vital to the success of any organization. The MIPP degree program will offer you a transformational educational experience as you prepare to succeed across industries ground the globe. You can enroll full-time and complete the program in one academic year, or part-time and complete the program in two- to three-years.

Development, Climate, and Sustainability
Focus on issues of development, poverty reduction, energy, environment, and climate change.

International Economics and Finance
Understand the principles and analytical tools of economics that are essential to understanding international relations and solving complex global issues.

Security, Strategy, and Statecraft
Explore traditional, emerging, and non-traditional threats, as well as diplomacy, foreign policy, and applied history.

States, Markets, and Institutions
Study issues of governance, including US and non-US institutions, as well as comparative studies and international political economy.

Technology and Culture
Explore issue of technology—including media—and the interplay politics related to culture and identity, including gender, ethnicity, nationalism, and religion.

Understand the challenges of democratization and governance, urban growth, civic activism, economic change, political affairs, and conflict within and between African countries. 

The Americas
Understand the factors driving policymaking across the Western Hemisphere—Latin American, Caribbean and North America.

Explore the trends shaping Asia in the 21st century including development, strategy, and conflict resolution to real circumstances across Japan, Korea, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Explore China's political and economic system in contemporary and historical context including leadership, economic and political reform, foreign policy, US-China relations, and environmental challenges.

Europe and Eurasia
Learn about issues shaping the region's future, including economic governance, integration and disintegration, migration, and questions of nationalism, and populism.

The Middle East
Gain an in-depth understanding of the historical background of the Middle East including states and regimes, Islamic history, and how it has shaped the region. 

United States
Examine the role of the US in the changing world order, possible responses to present and future geopolitical and geoeconomic threats, and the usefulness of existing and possible future alliances, as well as other international institutional arrangements.

Learn From the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Mara Karlin

Associate Professor of the Practice, Director, Strategic Studies Program, Executive Director, The Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

Johannes Urpelainen

Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment, Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP)

Sarah Parkinson

Aronson Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Studies

Peter Lewis

Warren Weinstein Chair of African Studies, Director of Africa and Middle East Programs

In the News

Reading Kindleberger in Beijing: Xi Jinping’s China as a provider of global public goods

Carla Freeman wrote in British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 9/11

The changing Middle East landscape as Israel moves to normalize ties with Arab states.

Sanam Vakil interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio, 9/18

Four years of Trump. The U.S. and the world.

Erik Jones contributed to an ISPI report, 9/17

Whose America is it?

Seth Jones cited in The New York Times, 9/16

The increasing fragility of democracy in a divided world.

Anne Applebaum cited in National Post, 9/15

Advance Your Career

From consultants to entrepreneurs, leaders of nongovernmental organizations to policymakers, Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates put their degrees to work.

94% of the one-year Master of International Public Policy Class of 2019 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.*

Recent Employers

  • Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Dataminr
  • Ernst & Young
  • In-Q-Tel
  • Invest Atlanta
  • US Army
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of State
  • World Bank Group
* Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2018 and August 2019. MIPP survey participation rate was 93%.

Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of more than 20,000 professionals working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

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Analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give MIPP students a distinct professional advantage.

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MIPP students represent diverse employment sectors and geographic regions and bring substantial work experience into classroom discussions.

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Gaining a Foundation in Public Policy to Make a Difference in the World

"Prior to Johns Hopkins SAIS, I worked with several social enterprise startups in East Africa. Through that experience, it became clear that so many of the challenges I encountered had a basis in public policy choices that I had limited influence over. The MIPP degree program was an excellent next choice."

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From the Marine Corps to World-Class Graduate Studies

"I appreciate the diversity of thought provided by the student population, which has increased my understanding of topics in all of my classes."

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Sep 23 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Online SAIS Event

Twilight of Democracy: A Conversation with Author and Professor Anne Applebaum

Join us for a conversation, moderated by Dean Eliot A. Cohen, on Targets of Opportunity in the Global Areana. This discussion will explore Professor Anne Applebaum’s new book, Twilight of...

Sep 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Online SAIS Event

Africa Association Alumni Event

The Africa Association presents its first event of the 2020-2021 academic year! Interested in working in Africa or building a network with alums working in Africa? Then this event is...

Sep 24 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Online SAIS Event

The New World Disorder: The Power Struggle between China, the US and Europe

12:30 PM EDT // 6:30 PM CEST

Alexander Stubb, European University Institute, Italy; Former Prime Minister of Finland, delivers a seminar in the Bologna Institute for Policy Research European...

Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, practicum projects, staff rides, career treks, and internships, you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

Staff Rides

Tour the battlefields of a historic conflict and gain a hands-on, in-depth understanding on the complexities of war through role-playing activities.

Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

World-Class Events

The school regularly hosts expert policymakers, CEOs, heads of state, and scholars to campus. Students are encouraged to explore topics of interest by attending lectures, presentations, and special programming.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.

Student Government Association

Serve as the liaison between the student body and administration, offering ideas for programming at the school and selecting guest speakers for the faculty research seminar series.