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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

A tribute to Owen Harries.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen cited in The National Interest, 6/25

Acting “as if” during pandemic: Information and authoritarian practice in White House.

Sarah Parkinson wrote for Social Sciences Research Council, 6/25

Baltic states 1939-1940.

Kristina Spohr participated in University of Cambridge webinar, 6/25

The big story: History will judge Trump’s enablers harshly.

Anne Applebaum interviewed for The Atlantic, 6/25

A profoundly unserious way of dealing with the past.

Dean Eliot A. Cohen wrote in The Atlantic, 6/24

Anatomy of a Kosovo summit catastrophe.

Edward P. Joseph wrote in Foreign Policy, 6/24

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.

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.

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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Jul 2 9:30 am - 11:00 am Online SAIS Event

Risky Business: New Data on Chinese Loans and Africa’s Debt Problem

From modest beginnings in 1960, China has recently become a highly visible actor in Africa’s lending landscape. The World Bank recently released data on official debt to China in 37...

Jul 7 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Online SAIS Event

Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America's Alliances | An Interview with Author Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

Join Merrill Center Executive Director Professor Mara Karlin as she interviews Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper on her new book, Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Perils of America's Alliances.


Jul 8 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Online SAIS Event

A Shift in Environmental, Social, and Governance Approach: Is Corporate Action Accelerating

The private sector has been experiencing increasing pressure to address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) from several constituencies. For example, the Business Roundtable, comprised of U.S. CEOs, issued an August...

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.