Master of International Policy and Practice

Preparing professionals for 21st century challenges

The demands of globalization are dramatically changing career and employment practices for individuals and organizations in international affairs. Professionals who want to excel in the international arena must have knowledge of international economic, political and social trends. They must possess the analytical and management skills necessary to formulate and advocate policies on key international issues, and the ability to negotiate and work effectively in cross-cultural settings.

The Elliott School's Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) program helps international professionals develop these highly marketable skills. This flexible degree program prepares mid-career professionals for the challenges of globalization by combining rigorous academic training with the development of valuable career-enhancing skills. The program covers relevant national and international policies and provides insight into a wide range of international issues.

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. Cohort events throughout the year provide additional venues for professional networking with other students, faculty and guest speakers.

Students in the MIPP program also benefit from the events and programs sponsored by the Elliott School's exceptional research centers and institutes. The Elliott School's active calendar of lectures, conferences and workshops feature leading scholars and practitioners from the national and international policy communities.


The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.  This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.

Dr. Matthew Levinger

Dr. Matthew Levinger, Program Director

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Brooke Pearson

Brooke discusses how MIPP helped her develop skills and expertise to advance in her policy field.

JB Bissell

JB explains how MIPP's diverse student body contributes to learning.

Keya Guimarães

Keya reflects on how her experience in the MIPP program will help her career in the foreign service.

Maggie Sexton

Maggie explains how MIPP helped her pursue her passion in international development.

Matthew Johnson

Matt reflects on how MIPP translated his operational knowledge to a more strategic understanding in his field.

Laura Morrill

Laura discusses how MIPP is helping advance her career.

MIPP brochure

download the MIPP program brochure (P D F file)

MIPP Contact Information

Program Director: Matthew Levinger

Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University
Office: 1957 E Street, NW. Suite 605K
Email: [email protected]