Master of International Public Policy

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Johns Hopkins SAIS is a global institution that offers students a truly international perspective on today’s critical issues.

MIPP students have the advantage of designing their own curriculum to meet their individual professional goals.

Students acquire the analytical and management skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues.

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This full-time program is designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of relevant work experience who wish to develop the advanced analytical and leadership skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues. Students have the advantage of designing their own curriculum consisting of eight non-language courses (worth a total of 32 credits). They may also affiliate themselves with an academic program to gain in-depth insight into a specific field of study. Students complete the program in one academic year while on leave, sabbatical or seeking employment post-degree.

Study With World-Class Thinkers

The Students

Our students do more than study global politics and interactions among nations-they live international relations. Our student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life.

The Faculty

The faculty is world renowned for their expertise and commitment to teaching. They transition seamlessly from academia to government service, from the field to the classroom, from elite journals to the mass media.

Notable Speakers
  • General James Mattis, US Secretary of Defense
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic
  • General David Petraeus, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Kosovo 
  • John McCain, US Senator
  • Condoleezza "Condi" Rice, former US Secretary of State
  • Matteo Renzi, former Prime Minister of Italy
  • Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
  • General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Former Director the Peace Corps
  • Timothy Geithner, former US Secretary of Treasury

Broaden Your Experience at Two Campuses

Students have the mobility to study in either our Washington, DC or Bologna campuses. This gives students an exceptional perspective on international relations.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is an undisputed center of power that acts as an extension of the school's campus. Students interact with distinguished guest speakers engaged in foreign policy from across the globe and are positioned to take advantage of valuable internship opportunities.

Bologna, Italy

Teaching at the Bologna campus is complemented by a thematic seminar series, and small classes, strong faculty-student relationships and vigorous debate characterize the cohesive social and intellectual community.

Gain a Career-Building Edge

Graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.

Career Services

Career Services works with students to help them explore careers and set goals, develop a network of professional contacts, and acquire additional experience through internships. The Career Services team:

  • Offers both group and individual assessments and counseling to help students develop focused career goals
  • Organizes job-hunting workshops, employment fairs and career treks
  • Offers professional skills courses that augment the academic curriculum to help students develop specific professional skills, such as presentation techniques, consulting skills and financial modeling
  • Connects students to the school's influential worldwide alumni network

A Global Alumni Community

As a graduate, you will join a 16,000-strong lifetime community of friends and colleagues around the world. Our accomplished alumni are leaders in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations in more than 140 countries.

Common Paths

Alumni have pursued careers at:

  • Corporate Executive Board
  • Dow Jones & Co.
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • US Military (Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy)
  • US Department of State
  • US Agency for International Development
  • Voice of America
  • World Bank
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Bain & Company



The MIPP degree consists of eight non-language courses completed full-time over one year. Students, in consultation with an academic adviser, design their own plan of study that is both academically rigorous and professionally relevant, as they prepare for the next phase in their career.


MIPP students may choose to add an affiliation to their degree, which provides an opportunity for students to develop a stronger background in a particular area and directly connect with faculty and students in that area.


Full-time MIPP students are welcome to add foreign language courses at no additional charge, however, the courses do not count toward the eight non-language classes required for graduation. All non-native speakers of English must pass an English placement exam.

Non-native English speakers graduating from the MIPP program in Bologna are required to pass an English proficiency exam.

Affiliation Requirements

Each program accepting affiliates has selected their own requirements. Affiliations require students to complete a minimum of three courses offered by their program or cross-listed with their program of affiliation. However, programs may set additional requirements like languages, additional courses or specific required courses. To see a detailed description of the requirements for each affiliation, click here.

Additional Information

For additional information on selecting an affiliation and registering for affiliated courses, click here.


What is Student Life Like?

MIPPs contribute both inside and outside the classroom. Students participate in and lead community-wide events and events exclusively for the MIPP cohort. From case and simulation sessions to international dinners and alumni receptions, students are making connections and building their network. Here are examples of recent MIPP-specific events:

  • MIPP Career Strategy Series - MIPP students meet with an executive coach to design a strategy for continued career growth or in preparation for a career transition.
  • Leadership Strategies for Decision Makers - Through working in small teams with other MIPPs of diverse backgrounds, students analyze complex international scenarios under the guidance and with instruction from a faculty member.
  • MIPP Professional Development Series - Here a small group of alumni, current students and guests participate in interactive discussions with career experts. Topics range from Effectively Utilizing LinkedIn and Networking Etiquette to Positioning Yourself for Promotion and Cross-Cultural Communication.
  • Lunch and Learn - Students interact with a diverse group of faculty, while sharing a meal and discussing current international policy topics.


Prior to Attending


The MIPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have at least seven years of work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. The degree consists of eight non-language courses, completed full-time within one year.

Non-Native Speakers of English

All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or, for SAIS Europe, CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). The TOEFL/IELTS/CPE exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language.

Prior to Graduating


The MIPP degree does not require foreign language study. However, some regional affiliations may require or encourage study in a foreign language from a particular region. Non-native speakers of English must pass an English placement exam at the start of the first semester. Non-native English speakers graduating from the program at SAIS Europe are required to pass the English proficiency exam.



For admissions and application information:

Washington, DC

Office of Admissions
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

+1 (202) 663-5700
+1 (877) JHU-WASH (548-9274 toll free)

Bologna, Italy

Office of Admissions
Via Belmeloro, 11
40126 Bologna, Italy

+39 (051) 29-17-838

For MIPP academic advising: