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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

Asia-Pacific countries sign one of the largest free trade deals in history.

Michael G. Plummer cited in The Economist, 11/15

Trump the genius, Trump the incompetent, Trump the Bogeyman.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 11/15

Choice and division in Joe Biden’s America.

Erik Jones wrote in Encompass, 11/15

Hong Kong’s legislature has been stripped of a vocal opposition.

Ho-Fung Hung quoted in The Economist, 11/14

What is the "successor ideology"?

Yascha Mounk hosted The Good Fight podcast, 11/14

Rethinking America: Polishing a rare gem.

Arthur Appleton wrote in The Globalist, 11/13

Conversation on Zbigniew Brzezinski set for Friday.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen interviewed on MSNBC's Morning Joe, 11/13

The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s the Republican Party.

Anne Applebaum interviewed on The Ezra Klein Show, 11/13

Trump’s Pentagon shake-up has implications for Afghanistan.

Nora Bensahel quoted in U.S. News and World Report, 11/12

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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Nov 30 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Online SAIS Event

The Legitimacy of International Organizations

H. 12.30 pm EDT // 6.30 pm CET

Jonas Tallberg, Stockholm University, Sweden, delivers a seminar in the Bologna Institute for Policy Research International Relations Series.

The event...

Dec 1 6:30 am - 8:00 am Online SAIS Event

JHU SAIS Virtual Sweden Alumni Event – SAIS Europe 65th Anniversary

From 12:30 to 2:00 pm CEST / 6:30 am to 8:00 EST am

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Sweden Alumni Chapter cordially invites you to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of SAIS...

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

The Nine Lives of Pakistan: Dispatches from a Precarious State: A Conversation with Declan Walsh

Declan Walsh, former New York Times Pakistan bureau chief

Joshua White, Associate Professor of Practice, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Declan Walsh, former New York Times Pakistan bureau chief, will...

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.