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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

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

Interim Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs, Warren Weinstein Chair of African Studies, Director of Africa and Middle East Programs


In the News

China in Africa: Zambia’s Chinese debts nearly double the official count, study says.

Deborah Brautigam quoted in South China Morning Post, 09/29

Afghanistan debacle aside, U.S. isn’t done with nation-building.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 09/28

Australia sub deal should upset China, not France.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 09/21

Huawei’s decline shows why China will struggle to dominate.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 09/18

The Afghanistan War wasn’t a cynical misadventure.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 08/31

Why we need a sane Republican Party.

Yascha Mounk hosted The Good Fight podcast, 08/28


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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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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Admissions Events

Oct 18 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Scholarship Programs and Part-Time Master’s Degrees for Mid-Career Professionals in the Diplomatic Community

Are you a U.S. or foreign diplomat, or another type of public servant, with at least 7 years of professional experience considering a part-time graduate program?  If so, please join...

Oct 19 8:00 am - 9:00 am Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Virtual Information Session

Join SAIS Europe to learn more about all our degree offerings. This informative virtual information session will present information on the admissions process for the MAIR (SAIS Europe), MAIA, MAGR,...

Oct 19 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Washington, D.C. Graduate Schools of International Relations – Learn About Top Programs

Join admissions teams from four of the top graduate schools of international affairs in Washington D.C. for our graduate admissions forum. Prospective students can meet admissions representatives who will talk...

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.