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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

Biden slams 'failed system' of communism amid debates over Cuba, China.

David Bulman quoted on Sinclair Broadcast Group, 07/19

Secret trip to China transformed the Cold War.

Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg Opinion, 07/18

Inside the insurrection.

Yascha Mounk hosted The Good Fight podcast, 07/17

Taming the Afghan menace.

Sanam Vakil quoted in Ahram Online, 07/17

Outcomes and accountability: Measuring success of the summit process.

Jessica Fanzo participated in Devex webinar, 07/15


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

Aug 4 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Foreign Affairs Open House: Summer 2021

Foreign Affairs Open House will connect you directly with representatives at top programs in international affairs, public policy, diplomacy, and political science–all from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone...

Aug 5 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Online SAIS Event

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Virtual Information Session

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) admissions office will host an information session on the admissions and financial aid application process for all Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, an educational collaboration...

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

Mid-Career Virtual Information Session

The Office of Admissions invites you to learn more about the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) and the Master of Arts in Global Policy (MAGP) degree by joining an...

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.