International Policy and Practice Master's Degree

Accelerated Master's Program for Mid-Career Professionals

Make a greater impact, take on advanced leadership roles, or forge a new career path with an accelerated Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. In 27 credits, the on-campus and online programs allow you to join a unique forum of scholars and practitioners engaged in addressing the most important issues of our time. MIPP students also receive unparalleled access to key policymakers, government agencies, and an alumni network that spans the globe.

Three Cornerstones for Effective Global Policy-making:



Strategic Design Leadership Data Analysis



Study International Relations, Executive Leadership, and Political Science all in one Accelerated Degree!

Compare the online and on-campus programs, see how to specialize your degree, and view a snapshot of current students and employers in the MIPP Program Preview. Request information through the Custom Viewbook.

The MIPP program is designed for mid-career professionals and active-duty military personnel who have:

  • Eight years of relevant professional working experience, not including internships, or a prior advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Are you ready to advance your career, broaden your impact, and transform your leadership? Review the admission steps and begin your application now.

The MIPP program allows students to select courses to form a specialization that fits their career goals and interests. Both the online and on-campus programs include:

  • A total of 27 credit hours
  • 3 required core courses that total 9 hours
  • 18 hours of elective credit to form a cohesive specialization


On-campus, Online, or Around the World!


Many professionals in the Washington, D.C. area find the MIPP on-campus option, which includes evening courses, works well for their needs. The program's interdisciplinary curriculum combines three foundation courses with flexible self-designed specializations that draw on the resources of a world-class university.






Our MIPP online offerings include the same opportunities with even more flexibility for busy schedules or students working through the program at a distance. The program is anchored by foundational courses in Strategy & Leadership and features flexible specializations in international security, development, and foreign policy.






Supplement your MIPP education with a short-term abroad course! Students can receive subsidized funding to enroll in an elective course hosted by the short-term abroad program (STAP). Past courses have been offered in Israel, Egypt, and Thailand! Please see below for more information.




The MIPP Student Experience 

On-campus, you will combine rigorous academic training with the development of valuable career-enhancing skills. Students can take advantage of the Elliott School's robust course offerings and ideal location in the heart of downtown Washington D.C.

In the online program, you will engage in a rigorous curriculum via live classroom sessions and independent coursework. Students also collaborate with peers outside of class, have access to one-on-one sessions with faculty through virtual office hours, and are fully integrated with the career services, events, and networks of the Elliott School.


Supplement your MIPP or MIPP Online degree with the Elliott School's Short Term Abroad Programs! View our course offerings for additional information.

Short Term Abroad Program Group Photo


Smiling student in Parliament on the Short Term Abroad Program


Smiling student in front of a sphinx statue at the Egyptian Museum


Student taking a photo in the Egyptian Museum


Group photo outside the Egyptian Museum


Group photo inside the Parliament Building


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

MIPP is committed to serving active duty military and veterans, students with disabilities, and international students.

All of our online courses are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and include closed-captioning for the deaf or hard of hearing. To access disability support services, click here.

To receive more information on military and veteran student services, click here.

Information for international students can be accessed through GWU's International Services Office.

Discover a wide array of options to help you afford the degree you need as you invest in your future. Explore fellowships, loans, veteran's benefits, and other funding options.

The outstanding reputation of the Elliott School faculty members is why they continue to be go-to resources for serious journalists and media providers. Their excellence in research, publication, and experience sets them apart in an elite field.

More than half of our faculty served in government or international organizations, and as a student, you will benefit from their real-world experience. Their connections give you access to practitioners and policymakers shaping the international stage right now.

Learn more about our distinguished faculty, their achievements, and the many ways they work to benefit our students' careers.

You'll be able to access career services designed specifically for Elliott School graduate students. These extensive resources include:

  • Individual career coaching appointments for career guidance, networking tips, advice on salary negotiations, cognitive assessments, and much more. Sessions are offered in-person, over the phone, or via WebEx.
  • Access to our exclusive online career database for Elliott School graduate students and alumni that includes job opportunities, internships, and co-op listings with more than 9,000 employers.
  • Invitations to networking panels, alumni networking, and other programs throughout the year that will help you find the perfect opportunity for advancement or career development.

Our Alumni Know the Difference This Degree Makes

“At its core, the MIPP is unmatched in its ability to put students in direct touch with successful practitioners 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 practitioner’s path to success.”

Jonathan Bissell

MIPP '15