The Elliott School’s Master of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.) is an advanced professional degree for mid-career practitioners. Combining rigorous academic training with the development of valuable career-enhancing skills, the program prepares students for leadership roles in international public policy. The M.I.P.P. program is anchored by foundation courses in international policy and economics and features flexible self-designed specializations that draw on the resources of a world-class university. Students develop analytical and leadership skills to formulate and implement international public policy, along with the ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively in cross-cultural settings.
The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum combines three foundation courses with a wide variety of course options that are selected to suit the student’s professional goals and intellectual interests. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate student work schedules, making it ideal for working professionals.
The 27 credit program 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.
Russia and Eurasia
Western, Central, and Eastern Europe
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Environmental and Energy Policy
Global Gender Policy
International Affairs and Development
International Economic Affairs
International Law and Organizations
Technology Policy and International Affairs
U.S. Foreign Policy
MIPP applicants must submit a second essay of approximately 500 words, in addition to the Statement of Purpose. MIPP applicants should include this essay in the same word/PDF document as their Statement of Purpose, separating both documents by the title- Statement of Purpose and MIPP essay. The essay should address one of the two following topics:
Identify a specific leadership challenge that you personally would like to tackle within the next five years. How will your education in the MIPP program help you succeed in this task?
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Assess the impact of globalization on your organization, indicating both the challenges and opportunities that globalization produces.
The Masters in International Affairs program has two admission prerequisites: work experience and economics courses.
Applicants must possess eight or more years of full-time professional experience or already possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.A., M.S., J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D.) to qualify for the MIPP program.
Course background in economics (micro- and macroeconomics) is a prerequisite for admission to the Master of Arts in International Policy and Practice program. Course(s) must be successfully completed through an accredited institution in:
- Introductory Microeconomics and
- Introductory Macroeconomics
- Principles of Economics
In some cases, a student who has not fulfilled the economics requirement may be admitted to the MIPP program on a conditional basis, in which case the student is required to take course(s) at an accredited college/university prior to enrollment at the Elliott School.
1. Upload your documents in PDF format in the correct orientation. Please don’t upload sideways or upside down transcripts, be sure all pages appear upright after uploading to your application. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but please do not upload certified, encrypted, or password-protected files or files in.png, .jpeg, or .html format.
2. Understand the requirements of the program in which you are interested in applying for. Save yourself from spending $80 on an application for a program you’re not eligible to apply to by looking for the “Prerequisites” section of each program page.
- MIPP applicants should include their second essay in the same word/PDF document as their Statement of Purpose, separating both documents by the title- Statement of Purpose and MIPP essay.
3. Make sure your transcripts have all the necessary info. We accept official and unofficial transcript uploads for the graduate application. All transcripts must include:
- Name of the applicant,
- The name of the institution,
- All coursework (name of courses),
- Grades for each course,
- Transcript legend/grading scale, and
- Proof of earned degrees from each institution you’ve attended (Degree Conferral).
More info on transcript requirements, including requirements on transcripts from foreign institutions, can be found on our website under the “Transcripts” tab.
4. Submit your fee waiver request early. Fee waivers take 1-2 business days to be reviewed and can only be approved at the time of application. If an applicant submits an application and pays the fee, without selecting the fee waiver payment method, the fee cannot be refunded. Check our website for more info under the “Application/Fee” tab.
5. Read the emails our office sends you. Often there are follow up questions that are answered in the email or it may contain other important information relevant to your application.
6. Elliott is spelled with two L’s and two T’s!!!
7. All Elliott School graduate programs are test optional. This means that GRE scores are not required as part of the application to any of our graduate programs.
8. There are 2 deadlines for the fall 2019 application cycle: January 7th if you want to be considered for funding and February 1 to be considered for admission only. Applications submitted after January 7th are not eligible to be considered for funding!
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