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Curriculum | MIPP

The Master of International Public Policy degree consists of eight non-language courses (32 credits) with full-time (two semesters) or part-time (generally two years) tracks. Students work with an academic advisor 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.

Note that the “Focus Areas” below are technically part of the MAIR curriculum, but MIPPs can refer to them to get ideas about how to choose their courses.

MIPPs will earn the degree through any combination of 32 credits of coursework.

Focus Areas


There is no foreign language requirement for the MIPP.  Still, MIPP students may elect to take a non-credit language course in one of the languages offered. Language courses do not count towards the eight course degree requirement.

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German*
  • Indonesian
  • Italian*
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian (Farsi)
  • Portuguese*
  • Russian
  • Spanish

*Taught at SAIS Europe only. May be available through virtual instruction for students in Washington DC.

Language Studies