Master of International Public Policy

Be Inspired.
Advance Your Expertise
Make an Impact

SAIS is a global institution that offers students a truly international perspective on today’s critical issues.

M.I.P.P. students have the advantage of designing their own curriculum to meet their individual professional goals.

Students acquire the analytical and management skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues.

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This full-time program is designed for experienced professionals with seven or more years of relevant work experience who wish to develop the advanced analytical and leadership skills necessary to formulate and advocate policy on key international issues. Students have the advantage of designing their own curriculum consisting of eight non-language courses (worth a total of 32 credits). They may also affiliate themselves with an academic program to gain in-depth insight into a specific field of study. Students complete the program in one academic year while on leave, sabbatical or seeking employment post-degree.

Study With World-Class Thinkers

The Students

Students at SAIS do more than study global politics and interactions among nations-they live international relations. Our student body represents approximately 75 nations, promoting a diversity that lends richness and vitality to academic life.

The Faculty

SAIS faculty are world renowned for their expertise and commitment to teaching. They transition seamlessly from academia to government service, from the field to the classroom, from elite journals to the mass media.

Recent Speakers
  • Timothy Geithner, U.S. Secretary of Treasury
  • Ekil Ahmad Hakimi, Afghan Ambassador to The United States
  • Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga
  • John McCain, U.S. Senator

Broaden Your Experience at Two Campuses

Students have the mobility to study in either our Washington, D.C. or Bologna campuses. This gives students an exceptional perspective on international relations.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is an undisputed center of power that acts as an extension of SAIS's campus. Students interact with distinguished guest speakers engaged in foreign policy from across the globe and are positioned to take advantage of valuable internship opportunities.

Bologna, Italy

Teaching at the Bologna campus is complemented by a thematic seminar series, and small classes, strong faculty-student relationships and vigorous debate characterize the cohesive social and intellectual community.

Gain a Career-Building Edge

SAIS graduates are in great demand by employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Economics knowledge, analytical abilities, regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems give our students a distinct professional advantage.

Career Services

Career Services works with students to help them explore careers and set goals, develop a network of professional contacs, and acquire additional experience through internships. The Career Services team:

  • Offers both group and individual assessments and counseling to help students develop focused career goals
  • Organizes job-hunting workshops, employment fairs and career treks
  • Offers professional skills courses that augment the academic curriculum to help students develop specific professional skills, such as presentation techniques, consulting skills and financial modeling
  • Connects students to the school's influential worldwide alumni network
A Global Alumni Community

As a SAIS graduate, you will join a 16,000-strong lifetime community of friends and colleagues around the world. Our accomplished alumni are leaders in government, business, journalism, nonprofit groups and multilateral organizations in more than 140 countries.

Common Paths

Students graduating from SAIS have pursued careers at:

  • Corporate Executive Board
  • Dow Jones & Co.
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Voice of America
  • World Bank



The M.I.P.P. degree consists of eight non-language courses completed full-time over one year. Students, in consultation with an academic adviser, design their own plan of study that is both academically rigorous and professionally relevant, as they prepare for the next phase in their career.


M.I.P.P. students may choose to add an affiliation to their degree, which provides an opportunity for students to develop a stronger background in a particular area and directly connect with faculty and students in that area.


Full-time M.I.P.P. students are welcome to add SAIS foreign language courses at no additional charge, however, the courses do not count toward the eight non-language classes required for graduation. All non-native speakers of English must pass an English placement exam.

Non-native English speakers graduating from the M.I.P.P. program in Bologna are required to pass an English proficiency exam.

Affiliation Requirements

Each program accepting affiliates has selected their own requirements. Affiliations require students to complete a minimum of three courses offered by their program or cross-listed with their program of affiliation. However, programs may set additional requirements like languages, additional courses or specific required courses. To see a detailed description of the requirements for each affiliation, click here.

Additional Information

For additional information on selecting an affiliation and registering for affiliated courses, click here.


What is Student Life Like?

M.I.P.P.s contribute both inside and outside the classroom. M.I.P.P.s participate in and lead community-wide events and events exclusively for the M.I.P.P. cohort. From case and simulation sessions to international dinners and alumni receptions, M.I.P.P. students are making connections and building their network. Here is a sample of the M.I.P.P. specific programs coming in 2014-2015.

  • M.I.P.P. Career Strategy Series (Fall and Spring) - M.I.P.P. students meet with an executive coach to design a strategy for continued career growth or in preparation for a career transition.
  • Leadership Strategies for Decision Makers (Fall) - Through working in small teams with other M.I.P.P. of diverse backgrounds, M.I.P.P.s analyze complex international scenarios under the guidance and with instruction from a SAIS faculty member.
  • M.I.P.P. Professional Development Series (Fall and Spring) - Here a small group of M.I.P.P. alumni, current M.I.P.P. students and guests participate in interactive discussions with career experts.  Topics range from Effectively utilizing LinkIN and Networking Etiquette to Positioning Yourself for Promotion and Cross-Cultural Communication.
  • Lunch and Learn (Spring) - M.I.P.P. students interact with a diverse group of SAIS faculty, while sharing a meal and discussing current international policy topics.


Prior to Attending


The M.I.P.P. is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have at least seven years of work experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. The M.I.P.P. degree consists of eight non-language courses, completed full-time within one year.

Non-Native Speakers of English

All non-native speakers of English must have proven English competence by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS or, for SAIS Europe, CPE score (see the Admissions page for more information). The TOEFL/IELTS/CPE exam requirement may be waived for individuals who have done their undergraduate degree in English in a country where English is an official language.

Prior to Graduating


The M.I.P.P. degree does not require foreign language study. However, some regional affiliations may require or encourage study in a foreign language from a particular region. Non-native speakers of English must pass an English placement exam at the start of the first semester. Non-native English speakers graduating from the M.I.P.P. program at SAIS Europe are required to pass the English proficiency exam.


Estimated Cost of Attendance*
M.I.P.P. Program
2014/2015 Academic Year
Washington, D.C. Campus
Estimated Cost of Attendance
2014-15 Academic Year
SAIS Europe Campus

Full Time
Full Time Tuition $41,338* Tuition €32,320⁺
Room $12,150 Room and Board €8,500
Board $4,500 Health Insurance €1,520
Health Insurance $2,050 Books and Supplies €540
Books and Supplies $1,500 Travel Allowance €2,150
Travel Allowance $1,000 Personal Expenses €1,850
Personal Expenses $3,000 Direct Loan Fees €891⁺⁺
Direct Loan Fees $1,200**
Cafeteria Fee $200
Total $66,938 Total €48,135⁺⁺⁺
Part Time    
Part Time Tuition $20,669
Room $12,150
Board $4,500
Books and Supplies $750
Travel Allowance $1,000
Personal Expenses $3,000
Total $42,069

Please note: entering students pay a one time matriculation fee of $500.
*Subject to change. Tuition will be finalized by the Board of Trustees in May 2014
**Estimated based on average debt at SAIS from the 2013-2014 academic year. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.

1. Bologna Center tuition and expenses are in EURO currency. In order to provide protection against a drop in value of the U.S. Dollar, the Bologna Center will put a ceiling on the tuition charged.
2. The above estimates are based on survey data from current students and actual rental costs provided by the student housing consultant. Figures are for single students sharing apartments.

Subject to change. Tuition will be finalized by The Board of Trustees in May 2014.
⁺⁺Please note: entering students pay a one-time matriculation fee of €385 Euros.
⁺⁺⁺Estimated based on Average debt at SAIS from the 2012-2013 academic year. Loan fees will vary based on the amount that you borrow from year to year.


Washington D.C.

Office of Admissions

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Bologna, Italy

Office of Admissions

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40126 Bologna, Italy

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