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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.

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

Trump’s character betrays him.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 10/24

Policy roundtable: The future of Turkey’s foreign policy.

Lisel Hintz wrote in Texas National Security Review, 10/24

Brexit is a cultural revolution.

Yascha Mounk wrote in The Atlantic, 10/24

GOP representatives push conspiracy theories defending Trump.

Thomas Rid quoted in Mother Jones, 10/23

Did Evo win a fourth term?

Benjamin N. Gedan hosted Two The Point podcast, 10/23

Amazon rainforest 'close to irreversible tipping point'.

Monica de Bolle cited in The Guardian, 10/23

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 10/23

Vali Nasr quoted in The New York Times, 10/23

Lebanese protesters don’t trust their government to reform. Here’s why.

Sarah Parkinson wrote in The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, 10/23

Advance Your Career

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

91% of MIPP graduates were employed, pursuing fellowships or internships, or had gone on for further study within six months of graduation. The percentage is based on results of a survey of MIPP students who graduated in 2018; the survey participation rate was 92%.*

Recent Employers

  • Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Ernst & Young
  • Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • US Army
  • US Department of State
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Middle East Institute
  • The Nonpartisan Policy Alliance
  • US – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce
  • The World Bank Group

    * Based on results of a survey of MA students who graduated between December 2017 and August 2018. The survey participation rate was 92%.

Build Your Network

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

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

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

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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Nov 12 9:30 am - 11:00 am Kenney Herter Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC

Improving Practices in Reconciliation: A Look at Local Practices

Across many conflict and post-conflict contexts, healing the fractured relationships between communities is an essential step in peacebuilding. While many may be familiar with major national reconciliation processes, we often...

Nov 12 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Room 500, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Climate Change Diplomacy

Please join the Energy, Resources and Environment Program and the Foreign Policy Institute for an engaging panel discussion on Climate Change Diplomacy

Panelists: Dr. Rod Schoonover, Founder, Ecological Futures and Adjunct...

Nov 12 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Off Campus SAIS Event

Brussels: The Future of Democracy Speaker Series

Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni are invited to participate to a discussion on Africa, with a deep dive on the EU-Africa Alliance with Isabelle De Ruyt (B’97, ’98), Directorate-General for International...

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's academic programs and research centers regularly host 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.