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Curriculum | MIPP

The Master of International Public Policy degree consists of eight non-language courses completed over two semesters. Students work with an academic adviser to design a program of study that is academically rigorous and professionally relevant.

Through a highly customized curriculum, students tailor their coursework to focus on subject matter of greatest importance to their careers. The school’s interdisciplinary approach to the study of international economics, international relations, and domestic and foreign policy, combined with a faculty respected globally for their policy expertise and commitment to teaching, delivers a comprehensive learning experience that develops innovative and strategic leaders.

Students have the option to further customize their studies by adding an affiliation* with an academic program focused on a specific policy area, a region of the world, or international economics.

Areas of Expertise

International Economics

  • Development Microeconomics
  • Economic Policy
  • Infrastructure Finance and Policy
  • International Finance
  • Quantitative Methods

*Affiliating with an academic program requires at least three of the eight courses to be completed from that area of study. Some programs may set additional requirements such as language proficiency or specific courses, see program requirements for additional details. 

Non-native Language Proficiency

MIPP students may elect to take a non-credit language course each semester in one of the languages offered. Language courses do not count towards the eight course degree requirement.

*Offered in Washington DC and at SAIS Europe
**Pilot program at SAIS Europe with the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna. 
Language Studies