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Master of International Public Policy (MIPP)

Overview

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 around the globe. The program format is designed to offer flexibility to students who enroll full-time and complete the program in one academic year, or part-time for working professionals who complete the program in two- to three-years through convenient evening courses.

Core Curriculum

Build your expertise through a flexible and diverse curriculum, which includes core areas of study examining leadership, decision-making, data analytics, economics, geopolitics, and research methods. Gain further professional and substantive insights by developing an extensive global mindset through functional and regional focus areas.

Functional Focus Areas

Regional Focus Area


Learn From the Best

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

Pavithra Suryanarayan

Assistant Professor of International Political Economy

Johannes Urpelainen

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 Associate Professor


In the News

The Words About Ukraine That Americans Need to Hear

Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 10/22

Putin’s Regime Faces the Fate of His Kerch Strait Bridge

Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 10/09

Russia’s Nuclear Bluster Is a Sign of Panic

Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 10/04

“Woman, Life, Freedom”: Iran’s Protests Are a Rebellion for Bodily Autonomy.

Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies Narges Bajoghli wrote in Vanity Fair, 9/29

Italy’s new leader faces familiar problems, including fickle voters

In the Washington Post, Professor Gilbert writes about the results of the Italian general elections that occurred this past weekend. He explains that Giorgia Meloni's win has brought fear to the public because, although she claims to no longer be a fascist, her political party descends from neo-fascist ideals.

Far-right Nationalist Giorgia Meloni Elected as Italy's First Female Prime Minister

Mark Gilbert gives background information and analysis in an NBC news special report on the election of Giorgia Meloni.

From Elizabeth II to Charles III: A Triumph of British Ceremonial and Soft Power

David Ellwood discusses the significant contributions Queen Elizabeth II made during her reign, and what may occur now after her passing. In his article published to the CPD Blog, he also touches on King Charles, and his possible continuation of soft power.

Is EU enlargement to Ukraine and Moldova credible?

The Loop published an article co-authored by Professor Anghel which discusses the possibility of both Ukraine and Moldova entering the European Union despite not meeting EU membership criteria. The authors mention previous EU membership promises to the countries of the Western Balkans, however, note that there may be a difference when security of the EU is in question.

Coups in the Kremlin

In a Foreign Affairs article, written by Professor Radchenko, there is discussion on what may occur to Putin in the coming years. With the turns of the war, supporters of Putin are starting to have their doubts on what lies ahead. Will he maintain his position of power? Or will there be a transition?


Advance Your Career

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

86% of the one-year Master of International Public Policy Class of 2020 were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation.*

Recent Employers

  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • J-POWER
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
  • National Democratic Institute
  • US China Business Council
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Navy
  • US Department of State
  • US Department of Treasury
  • World Bank Group
* Based on results of a survey of students who graduated between December 2019 and August 2020. MIPP survey participation rate was 85%.

Build Your Network

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

This flexible, one-year degree program is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Part-time study is available.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students talking

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

Johns Hopkins SAIS class discussion

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

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Global Policy through the Lens of Digitalization

SAIS education provides an ideal springboard to start an international career. Within the scope of my current position as a Parliamentary Official for the Italian Parliament, I hope to support my country's sustainable growth towards a fairer, more equitable European and global society.

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Complementing My International Experience Through Formal Study

I like that the MIPP program honors students’ professional experience and gives us access to the entire SAIS curriculum, while enabling us to structure our course of study with certain goals or skills in mind.

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Admissions Events

Dec 1 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Mid-Career Master's Degrees Virtual Information Session

The Office of Admissions invites you to join this virtual session to learn more about our on-campus degree programs for experienced professionals, the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) which...

Dec 2 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Online SAIS Event

DIA Fall 2023 Application Q & A

This will be an open forum to ask questions and receive answers from admissions staff on the application process for fall 2023 for the Doctor of International Affairs.  

Dec 5 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Open Day

Welcome and Introduction


9:00 AM EST | 3:00 PM CET 


  • Director Michael Plummer

SAIS Europe Faculty Panel


9:10 AM EST | 3:10 PM CET


  • Prof. Michael Plummer (MAIR, Economics)
  • Prof....

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 discussions with expert policymakers, CEOs, heads of state, and scholars. Students are encouraged to explore topics of interest by joining 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.