International Policy and Practice Online

The Elliott School’s Master of International Policy and Practice Online is an advanced degree combining the same rigorous coursework of an on-campus program with a dynamic and interactive online environment.

Through the combination of independent coursework and live sessions, students benefit from the flexibility of an online program while engaging with distinguished faculty and building meaningful relationships with peers.

Students in this program will develop an exceptional understanding of the complex international policy environment, possess robust analytical, writing, and communication skills, and will be able to utilize lateral and hierarchical leadership skills.




MIPP Online students engage with professors and peers via live weekly classroom sessions. Outside of the classroom, students will collaborate with peers, attend virtual office hours, and be able to view many of the Elliott School’s 370+ yearly events online.



With course offerings in security, development, and peace, MIPP Online allows students to explore different topics of interest and create a self-designed specialization.



MIPP Online students are fully integrated members of the Elliott School community and have access to career services provided by Graduate Student Services, have connections to the Foggy Bottom campus, GW libraries, and the Elliott School’s vast alumni network.



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What You'll Study 

The curriculum includes three foundational courses on essential leadership and analytical skills, along with electives that allow students to customize their educational experience to match their professional goals and intellectual interests. The program unfolds in an interactive learning environment that lets students refine the analytical and management skills necessary for strategic leadership roles in international policy fields.


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 to complete and submit the online application with all of the required materials.




The program seeks to attract highly qualified mid-career professionals including active-duty military personnel with at least:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Eight years of relevant professional working experience, not including internships (or a prior advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher learning)

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.


Video Spotlight: Admiral Michelle Howard

A unique part of the MIPP Online experience is the incorporation of key insights given by renowned, industry-leading policy practitioners. The video above features Ret. Admiral Michelle J. Howard, who is the first African-American woman to command a ship in the Navy, first woman to become a four-star Admiral in the U.S. Navy, and the first woman to be appointed to the position of Vice Chief of Naval Operations. 


"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

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