Programs & Certificates

Preparing world leaders of tomorrow

Our graduate programs combine rigorous coursework and professional training to provide students the knowledge and perspectives needed to make a difference in the world. Through our programs students gain expertise in world regions and important contemporary issues — ranging from war to rising levels of resource consumption to the expansion of the global economy to mounting environmental challenges — that will shape the world in decades ahead.

As a result, the Elliott School prepares nearly 700 graduate students each year for meaningful international affairs careers.

Master of Arts Programs:

M.A.'s are 40 credit programs. Full-time students can complete an M.A. in 2 years; part-time students have up to 5 years to complete the program.

Special Master's Programs:

  • Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) — a degree program for mid-career professionals who have a minimum of 8 years of  full-time work experience or an advanced degree. The program provides academic training, marketable skills, and career-enhancing credentials. (27 credits)
  • Master of International Studies (MIS) — enables students enrolled at one of our overseas partner schools or have graduated from the program within three years, to earn a second master's degree from the Elliott School. (19 credits)

Joint and Dual Degrees:

Joint and dual degree students are not eligible to be considered for funding from the Elliott School until they begin their Elliott School program. Once students plan to begin their Elliott School program, they will need to request to receive funding by emailing

Graduate Certificates:

Graduate certificates are 15 credits. Full-time students can complete the program in 1 year. Students enrolled in certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, fellowship funding, or F1/J1 visa sponsorship.