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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

On Sept. 11, the U.S. military wrestles with wars that won’t go away.

David Barno quoted in The Washington Post, 9/11

Canada’s foreign policy election.

Christopher Sands cited in Lawfare, 9/10

Preserving the Amazon: A shared moral imperative.

Monica de Bolle testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, 9/10

Big promises, few results: Chinese farms falter in Uganda.

Deborah Bräutigam cited in The Christian Science Monitor, 9/10

‘Trump unplugged’: A president as his own national security adviser.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen quoted in The New York Times, 9/10

Preparing leaders for an era of change.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen wrote in Foreign Affairs' Graduate School Forum Showcase, 9/10

Argentina election raises doubts about Trump’s bet on right-wing leaders.

Benjamin N. Gedan quoted in the Los Angeles Times, 9/10

Turkey’s opposition rap sheet reverberates under scrutiny.

Lisel Hintz wrote in The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, 9/10

Turkey's social problems laid bare in popular hip-hop song.

Lisel Hintz quoted in The National, 9/9

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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Sep 17 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Johns Hopkins SAIS Faculty Research Forum Presents: Kent Calder

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Faculty Research Forum invites you to join Dr. Kent E. Calder, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation and Director of the school's Reischauer...

Sep 17 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Room 736, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Politics and Political Economy Research Seminar: Adam Dean, George Washington University

Please join the discussion at the Politics and Political Economy Research Seminar with Adam Dean, "Shocked into Service: Free Trade and the American South's Military Burden".

Please RSVP with Ms....

Sep 17 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Room 714, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Market Outlook: Risks and Opportunities in the Gulf and Middle East

Dr Adel Zaid Altoraifi was the Minister of Culture for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2015 to 2017 and member of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs. He...

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.