Master of International Public Policy

Be Inspired.

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

Advance Your Expertise

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

Make an Impact

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


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