International Policy and Practice 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.
 

Master of International Policy and Practice Program of Study

Core Courses

Students will take three core courses (9 credits):

  • IAFF 6211 MIPP Leadership Practicum 
  • A Foundation Course in International Policy
  • A course in Economics.

Options for the Foundation Course in International Policy and Economics are below:

Students are required to take one of the following foundation courses in international policy. Students should select the course that will best support the self-designed specialization.

IAFF 6101 International Affairs Cornerstone: International Relations Theory and Policy

IAFF 6102 Global Gender Policy

IAFF 6118 International Development Policy

IAFF 6141 International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

PPPA 6057 International Development Administration

SMPP 6290/IAFF 6118 Special Topics (Strategy, Global Markets, and Politics)

The MIPP requirement in economics may be met by taking and passing one of the following:

ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development

ECON 6280 Survey of International Economics

ECON 6283 Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy

ECON 6284 Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy


Self Designed Specialization

The self-designed specialization should address one or two overarching functional or regional areas of study. Courses are selected in consultation with an advisor and the Program Director and are tailored to meet the individual student’s intellectual and professional objectives.

These 18 credits may include up to three credits of one-credit skills-based workshops. Courses are grouped to assist students in finding related courses in particular areas. The list of courses below is intended to be suggestive but not exhaustive.

The specialization may include courses from the following fields, as well as other courses offered at the George Washington University: 

History of Modern Asia

HIST 6611 Readings Seminar: 20th Century China

HIST 6625 Japan's Empire and Its Legacies

HIST 6801 Central Asia: Crossroads of Empire

HIST 6611 Human Rights in the Two Koreas

HIST 6641 Modern Southeast Asia

Politics and Policy in Asia

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

PSC 6368 Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy

PSC 6370 Politics of China I

PSC 6372 Chinese Foreign Policy

PSC 6373 Political Economy of Indusrializng Asia

PSC 6374 Government and Politics of Korea

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • The Chinese Military

PSC 6388 Topics in Comparative Politics

  • State and Society in East Asia
  • Politics & Policy in Asia

PSC 6467 Asian Security

International Relations of Asia

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: Internal Development and Foreign Policy

IAFF 6308 International Relations of South Asia

PSC 6372 Foreign Policy of China

PSC 6475 International Politics of East Asia

PSC 6489 Topics in International Relations

  • U.S. China Relations

Asian Business and Development

ECON 6269 Economy of China

ECON 6271 Economy of Japan

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

  • Chinese Business Law
  • Asian Business and Development

PSC 6336 Political Economy of Developing Areas

IAFF 6171 Introduction to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Reinventing the United Nations
  • US Foreign Policy & International Organizations

IAFF 6173 Security and Development

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Early Warning and Conflict Prevention 
  • Insurgency & Counterinsurgency 
  • International Peacekeeping 
  • Responses to Terrorism 
  • Stabilization and Peacebuilding 

MGT 6215 Conflict Management and Negotiations

IAFF 6158 Cyber Security

IAFF 6169 Homeland Security Policy

IAFF 6186 Intelligence for Business

CSCI 6534 Information Security in Government

CSCI 6532 Information Policy 

EMSE 6537 Information Operations

EMSE 6545 Internet and On-Line Law for Security Managers

For students with a more technical background:

CSCI 6531 Computer Security

CSCI 6532 Information Policy

CSCI 6534 Information Security in Government

CSCI 6542 Computer Network Defense

CSCI 6547 Wireless and Mobile Security

CSCI 6548 E-commerce Security

EMSE 6543 Managing the Protection of Information and Systems Security

EMSE 6570 Information Management and Information Systems

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy:

  • Energy Policy
  • Science, Technology & Policy Analysis

IAFF 6118 Nuclear Weapons

IAFF 6186 Environmental Security

ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

EMSE 6220 Environmental Management

EMSE 6260 Energy Management

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change

HIST 6030 Uses of History in International Affairs

SMPA 6202 Media Effects, Public Opinion and Persuasion

SMPA 6204 Strategic Political Communication

SMPA 6210 Media and Foreign Policy

SMPA 6250 Special Topics in Media Processes and Institutions

  • Entrepreneurship in New Media Industry

LAW 6412 Communication Law

LAW 6414 Telecommunication Law

IAFF 6102 Global Gender Policy

IAFF 6502/6503 Sex Trafficking: Global Perspectives

IAFF 6503 Gender Advisor: Roles & Skills

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Research Methods in Global Gender Issues*
  • Gender, War, and Peace

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Gender and Development
  • Human Trafficking

ANTH 6501 Gender and Sexuality

PHIL 6238 Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications

SOC 6273 The Sex Industry

WGSS 6230 Global Feminisms

EMSE 6325 Medical/Public Health Emerging Management

PUBH 6400 Global Health Frameworks

PUBH 6440 Global Health Economics and Finance

PUBH 6441 Global Health Organizations and Regulations

PUBH 6442 Comparative Global Health Systems

PUBH 6443 Global Health Agreements and Conventions

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs: Understanding Political Islam

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development: Human Trafficking

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security Issues

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies:

  • Foreign Fighters
  • Intelligence for Business
  • International Organized Crime
  • Military Technology Assessment
  • Non-State Actors
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Political Violence and Terrorism
  • Responses to Terrorism
  • Weapons Proliferation and Non-proliferation

IAFF 6118 Microfinance: Developing Markets 

IAFF 6138 Special Topics

  • Gender and Development 
  • Youth and Development 
  • M&E for Foreign Assistance Program 
  • Gender, Disaster & Development
  • Climate Change & Sustainable Development
  • Civil Society and Devolpment 
  • Development in Africa 
  • Poverty & Bottom Up Development 
  • Private Sector Development 
  • Media and International Development  

IAFF 6122 Development Policy and Practice

ANTH 6331 Research Methods in Development Anthropology

PPPA 6002 Research Methods and Applied Statistics

PPPA 6006 Policy Analysis

SOC 6230 Sociological Research Methods

SOC 6232 Qualitative Methods: Doing Field Research

Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 6301 The Anthropology of Development

ANTH 6391 Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Topics vary)

ANTH 6505 Medical Anthropology

ANTH 6591 Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology (Topics vary)

Environment

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

Humanitarian Assistance

EMSE 6310 Information Technology in Crisis/Emergency Management

EMSE 6305 Crisis and Emergency Management

EMSE 6320 International Disaster Management

EMSE 6325 Medical/Public Health Emergency Management

EMSE 6345 Disaster Recovery & Organizational Continuity

PUBH 6480 Humanitarian Operations

International Development Management

EMSE 6001 Management of Technical Organizations

EMSE 6220 Environmental Management

EMSE 6260 Energy Management

EMSE 6285 Analytical Tools for Energy Management

EMSE 6305 Crisis & Emergency Management

EMSE 6310 Info Tech in Crisis/Emergency Management

EMSE 6320 International Disaster Management

EMSE 6325 Med/Pub Health Emergency Management

EMSE 6330 Management of Terrorism Preparedness and Response

EMSE 6350 Hazard Mitigation in Disaster Management

EMSE 6820 Program & Project Management

IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Countries

PPPA 6016 Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

PPPA 6057 International Development Administration

PPPA 6058 International Development NGO Management

PPPA 6059 International Development Management Processes and Tools

Political Economy

ECON 6250 Survey of Development Economics

ECON 6269 Economy of China

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

ECON 8351 Development Economics I

ECON 8352 Development Economics II

Women and Development

LAW 6570 International Human Rights of Women 

WGSS 6230 Global Feminisms

WGSS 6270 Seminar: Selected Topics (Topics vary)

ECON 6250 Survey of Economic Development

ECON 6255 Economics of Technological Change

ECON 6271 Economy of Japan

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

ECON 6269 Economy of China 

ECON 6295 Special Topics

IAFF 6318 Special Topics in Asian Studies

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

IBUS 6301 International Business Finance

IBUS 6400 Oil: Industry, Economy and Society 

IBUS 6402 Managing in Developing Economies 

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

EDUC 6601 International and Comparative Education

EDUC 6602 Special Topics in Regional Studies in International Education

EDUC 6610 Special Topics in Programs and Policies in International Education

EDUC 6630 Special Topics in International Experiences

EDUC 6650 Education and National Development

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Reinventing the United Nations
  • International Law and Use of Force
  • US Foreign Policy and International Organizations

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Care of Children in Complex Emergencies
  • Human Trafficking

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Non-state Actors

IAFF 6146 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy 

  • Space Law 

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European & Eurasian Studies:

  • Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century

LAW 6386 National Security Law

LAW 6520 International Law

LAW 6534 Law of the European Union

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

PSC 6444 Politics of International Law

ECON 6285 Economic Development of Latin America

Prerequisites: ECON 1011-1012 Principles of Economics (micro- and macro-)

IAFF 6358 Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

  • Indigenous Social Movements
  • Brazil in the Global Arena
  • Mexico in the Global Arena
  • Brazil Development Policy in the 21st Century
  • Security in the Americas
  • The OAS and Democracy in the Americas
  • History and Practice of US-Mexico
  • Economy and Social Development of Latin America
  • Immigration and Weak States: Latin America

PSC 6383 Comparative Politics of Latin America

PSC 6484 International Relations of Latin America

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies*

  • U.S. Policy in the Gulf
  • Arabic for International Affairs
  • Lebanon and Syria
  • Iraq and Iran
  • US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
  • Contemporary Political Thought in the Middle East
  • Turkish Politics and Society
  • Oil: Industry, Economy and Society 
  • US Security Policy in the Middle East 
  • Religion and Politics in Post-Revolution Iran 
  • Politics of  North Africa  
  • Political Economy of the Middle East 
  • Sectarian and Communal Politics in the Middle East

IAFF 6364 Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East

ECON 6295 Special Topics

  • Economics of the Middle East and North Africa

PSC 6377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East

PSC 6478 International Relations of the Middle East

REL 6460 Topics in the Study of Islam (3 credits)

REL 6461 Topics in Islamic Thought

HIST 6001 Special Topics

  • Central Asian History
  • History of the Russian and Soviet Empires

HIST 6170 Eastern European History, 1772-1918

HIST 6188 The Soviet Union and the World, 1917-1964

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies

  • Nationalism in Russia and Eurasia
  • Ukraine and Georgia: Between Russia and the West
  • Central Asia: Security Politics, Society
  • Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia
  • Security in Russia and Eurasia
  • EU Foreign Relations
  • The European Union 
  • Transatlantic Relations in teh 21st Century
  • Islam Ethnicity in Central Asia

PSC 6366 Government and Politics of Russia

PSC 6465 International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe

HIST 6032 Reading and Research Seminar: Strategy and Policy

HIST 6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • Nuclear Proliferation and Non-proliferation
  • Nuclear Security Policy

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6153 Science, Technology, and National Security

IAFF 6160 Defense Policy and Program Analysis I

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security 

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6169 Homeland Security Policy

IAFF 6171 Intro to Conflict Resolution

IAFF 6173 Security and Development

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies

  • Military Technology Assessment
  • Energy Security
  • Non-State Actors
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Illicit Finance and Security
  • The Chinese Military
  • Strategic Planning for the 21st Century
  • International Organized Crime
  • Intelligence for Business
  • Military Power and Efficiency
  • Stabilization and Peacebuilding
  • Maritime Strategy

IAFF 6338 Special Topics European and Eurasian Studies: Security in Russia and Eurasia

LAW 6870 National Security Law

LAW 6552 Law of War

MGT 6215 Conflict Management and Negotiation

PPSY 6101 Fundamentals of Political Psychology

PPSY 6103 Political Violence and Terrorism

PSC 6347 U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions

PSC 6348 Politics of U.S. National Security Policy

PSC 6349 International Security Politics

PSC 6467 Asian Security

ECON 6255 The Economics of Technological Change (prerequisite is Econ 6217, or Intermediate Microeconomics)

IAFF 6142 Technology Creation and Diffusion

IAFF 6146 Space Law

IAFF 6148 Special Topics in Space Policy

IAFF 6151 Environmental Policy

IAFF 6153 Space, Technology, and National Security

IAFF 6158 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy

IAFF 6501 Applied Quantitative Analysis

HIST 6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy

HIST 6032 Readings Seminar: Strategy and Policy

HIST 6310 Readings Seminar - U.S. 19th Century History

HIST 6320/6321 Readings Seminar - Recent U.S. History

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs

  • US Foreign Policy and International Organizations

IAFF 6145 U.S. Space Policy

IAFF 6148 Space and National Security

IAFF 6160 Defense Policy and Program Analysis

IAFF 6163 Transnational Security

IAFF 6165 Fundamentals of Intelligence

IAFF 6186 Special Topics in Security Policy

  • Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency
  • Military Power and Effectiveness
  • National Security Priorities
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Strategic Planning for the 21st Century

IAFF 6198 21st Century Trade: Issues and Strategy

IAFF 6208 Special Topics in Global Communication

  • Communicating in Modern Diplomacy

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: International Development and Foreign Affairs

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European & Eurasian Studies

  • Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century

IAFF 6378 Special Topics in Middle East Studies

  • U.S Foreign Policy in the Persian Gulf
  • U.S Foreign Policy in the Middle East

IAFF 6521 U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era (Summer Program)

PSC 6349 International Security Policy

PSC 6346 The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

PSC 6347 U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions

PSC 6348 Politics of U.S. National Security Policy

PSC 6439 International Political Economy

SMPA 6275 Topics in Media and Public Affairs

  • Public Diplomacy

HIST 6050 Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization

HIST 6051 Re-thinking Cold War History

HIST 6121 Modern European History

HIST 6170 Eastern European History, 1772–1918

IAFF 6338 Special Topics in European and Eurasian Studies

  • The European Union

  • EU Foreign Relations

  • Nationalism in Russia & Eurasia

  • Ukraine & Georgia between Russia & the West

  • Security in Russia & Eurasia

  • Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia

PSC 6364 Comparative Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe

PSC 6465 International Politics of Eastern Europe