International Policy and Practice Online Program of Study

To earn your Master of International Policy and Practice you must successfully complete our 27 credit program which includes 9 credits in core courses and 18 credits of electives which should constitute a coherent specialization, addressing one or two overarching functional or regional areas of study.

  • Three core courses (9 credits) focusing on key analytical and leadership skills. These courses will enable students to recognize major issues influencing international policymaking. Students will learn to address these issues with appropriate multi-disciplinary methods of empirical analysis. The Strategic Leadership Seminarand the Leadership Capstone will help students prepare for senior leadership roles in international policy communities. The new Economic Tools for Global Policy course will equip students with a deep understanding of key economic motives and mechanics influencing decision making and tools to analyze policy options.


IAFF 6222 Strategic Leadership
The MIPP Strategic Leadership course explores the evolving nature of international leadership in the twenty-first century major issues in international affairs confronting policymakers in the United States and around the world. We examine the diverse ways in which power is exercised on the international stage, including horizontal leadership by nation states, transnational corporations, activists, insurgents, and entrepreneurs who are shaking up the global order. Through discussions with academic and policy experts, the seminar intends to integrate insights from the participants’ other coursework as well as the participants’ own diverse experience and knowledge. This the first course in the two-semester MIPP leadership program.

IAFF 6222 Leadership Capstone
This course views contemporary issues in a leadership framework and explores different theories of leadership. The final project challenges students to identify a current leadership problem in their security field, and create a strategic proposal to address this problem in an original, viable, and valuable manner. This is the second course in the two-semester MIPP leadership program.

IAFF 6122 Economic Tools for Global Policy
In fulfilling this requirement, MIPP Online students will analyze economic issues and concrete economic policy problems. This course examines questions such as: How does economic policy affect technology and immigration - and vice versa? What are the implications of various trade policies on the global economy? How has globalization and rapid spread of high-tech communication influenced the US economy? 


Self Designed Specialization

Students will choose 18 credits (six courses) of electives to create a self-designed specialization.

The current MIPP Online electives can be found below. 

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution
This course provides students with an introduction to conflict analysis and resolution. The course will introduce students to the major concepts and issues currently animating the field, explore the main strategies for responding to conflicts, and help them recognize the assumptions upon which these strategies rest.

IAFF 6186 Terrorism Today
The course is designed to provide a basis for understanding the phenomenon of terrorism, and to set it into an appropriate context in relation to other critical issues facing a globalized society. Students will develop recommendations in how to deal with policy problems and engage in online discussions by analyzing contemporary economic issues and concrete economic policy problems with relevance to security affairs.

This course examines explores questions such as: How economic policy affects technology and immigration - and vice versa? What are the implications of various trade policies on the global economy? How has globalization and rapid spread of high-tech communication affected the US economy?

IAFF 6122 Transnational Security
This seminar will assess the dynamics of globalization in addition to the threats and opportunities it poses for U.S. and global security, economic prosperity and governance. Is globalization an enduring successor to the bipolar system of the Cold War, with its own unique actors, distribution of power, regulatory mechanisms and sources of stability and instability as Tom Friedman suggests, or is it a more ephemeral phenomenon that could be jettisoned by such threats as terrorism and protectionism?

IAFF 6222 Ethics in Security
This course will introduce students to the common ethical dilemmas associated with the security policy community to contribute to the decision-making in fulfilling national security goals. It will provide students with the context for ethical challenges they will face and knowledge of the laws governing intelligence work. Students will be presented with real scenarios and articulate what they believe to be ethical decision making in class presentations.

IAFF 6222 Civil-Military Relations
This course will examine a broad range of topics regarding civil military relations to extend beyond just the relationship of the government and the army to include such issues as media, war crimes, and race/gender in modern warfare. Students will analyze how political leaders, professional military officers, and citizens interact.

IAFF 6173 Security and Development
This course considers the relationship between security and development over a number of issue areas. It reflects the fact that there is growing interest from the security field in issues that have traditionally been the purview of development, and vice versa.

IAFF 6222 International Security Policy
This course provides an overview of the major theoretical debates in international security. It explores how different theoretical approaches inform policy decisions and options. The course covers a wide range of topics in international security, including great power security and politics, terrorism, nuclear weapons, private armies, and more.

IAFF 6222 Cybersecurity 

This course examines current issues in the realm of cybersecurity, focusing on cybersecurity strategy, threats, conflict, and policy. It begins with an understanding of the power inherent in cyberspace and considers the policy issues facing the civilian, military, intelligence and private business sectors in dealing with offensive and defensive cyber activity. Through case studies, it examines previous and ongoing cyber conflicts to understand their impacts on international relations. Students will analyze the roles of several different types of actors in cyber security including states, non-state actors such as criminal and terror groups, and private sector responses. This course will also analyze cyber deterrence and the unique aspects of offensive and defensive cyber activities by all cyber actors. Technical background is not required and basic aspects of cyber operations will be discussed and demonstrated as part of the introductory class sessions.