International Policy and Practice

The Elliott School’s Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.) is an advanced professional degree for mid-career practitioners. Combining rigorous academic training with the development of valuable career-enhancing skills, the program prepares students for leadership roles in international public policy. The M.I.P.P. program is anchored by foundation courses in international policy and economics and features flexible self-designed specializations that draw on the resources of a world-class university. Students develop analytical and leadership skills to formulate and implement international public policy, along with the ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively in cross-cultural settings.


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What You'll Study 

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum combines three foundation courses with a wide variety of course options that are selected to suit the student's professional goals and intellectual interests. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate student work schedules, making it ideal for working professionals.


Program of Study



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How to Apply 


When you're ready to apply to the program, you will need to follow the graduate admissions process, including completing and submitting the online application with all of the required materials 


There are also certain prerequisites that applicants must meet to be able to apply to the program. 



Applicants must possess eight or more years of full-time professional experience or already possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D.) to qualify for the MIPP program.

Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite for admission to the MIPP program. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited college or university in:

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics


  • Principles of Economics

In some cases, a student who has not fulfilled the economics requirement may be admitted to the MIPP program on a conditional basis**, in which case the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.

**Spring applicants are expected to have fulfilled this prerequisite at the time of application.


Student and Alumni Spotlight

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Kathryn Farley is a development professional who has been tasked as the lead implementer for projects in West Africa.



Where You'll Go

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Our graduates continue to pursue a wide variety of exciting careers in diplomacy and public service, business, security, conflict resolution, development and public health. For 2016 graduates, the top employers included: 

U.S. Department of the Army
U.S. Embassy in Niger
EastWest Institute
Global Partnership for Education

While you study with us and even once you leave, we'll provide you with resources and support to help you get the job you've always wanted post-graduation. From career counseling, workshops, site visits and information sessions, The Graduate Student Career Development Center has a variety of tools and tips to get you to where you want to be. 



"At its core, the MIPP is unmatched in its ability to put students in direct touch with succesful practioners from around the world in the fields of diplomacy, business, defense, politics, and non-governmental organizations. It's a solid foundation for a huge step forward in the international policy practioner's path to success."

Jonathan Bissell

MIPP '15