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Preparing professionals for 21st-century challenges

The demands of globalization are dramatically changing career and employment practices for individuals and organizations in international affairs. Professionals who want to excel in the international arena must have knowledge of international economic, political and social trends. They must possess the analytical and management skills necessary to formulate and advocate policies on key international issues, and the ability to negotiate and work effectively in cross-cultural settings.

The Elliott School's Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) program helps international professionals develop these highly marketable skills. This flexible degree program prepares mid-career professionals for the challenges of globalization by combining rigorous academic training with the development of valuable career-enhancing skills. The program covers relevant national and international policies and provides insight into a wide range of international issues.

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. Cohort events throughout the year provide additional venues for professional networking with other students, faculty and guest speakers.


The MIPP program is extremely rigorous. Full-time students with strong English language skills may complete the program in twelve months by enrolling in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters of a single academic year (for students entering the program in August), or the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters of a single calendar year (for students entering the program in January). Students may also choose to enroll on a part-time basis.

The curriculum for the 27-credit-hour Master of International Policy and Practice program includes:

Three core courses (9 credits) including foundation courses in international economics and international affairs, along with the MIPP Practicum, which focuses on leadership skills development and engages participants in discussions with prominent guest speakers from international business, the policy community, academia, and the nonprofit sector.
Elective coursework (18 credits) constituting a self-designed specialization. Created in consultation with the MIPP program director, the specialization allows the student to develop expertise in a field of his or her choice, drawing on the full academic resources of the Elliott School and other graduate programs at the George Washington University.
The specialization may address one or more of a wide range of subjects including international business, economics, development, security policy, intelligence, cybersecurity, environmental and energy policy, science and technology policy, international education, or global public health. MIPP candidates may also choose to study the dynamics of a particular region, such as Latin America or Asia, or the international aspects of U.S. policy.

An opportunity to take up to three skills courses designed to supplement substantive graduate coursework with practical skills and knowledge that enhance performance in the workplace.

Students in the MIPP program also benefit from the events and programs sponsored by the Elliott School's exceptional research centers and institutes.

The Elliott School's active calendar of lectures, conferences, and workshops feature leading scholars and practitioners from the national and international policy communities.

Master of International Policy and Practice ONLINE

The Master of International Policy and Practice – Online (MIPP Online) builds on the 20 years of success and experience of the on-campus Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP). MIPP Online is an advanced degree for mid-career professionals, combining rigorous academic training delivered by the Elliott School’s leading experts with practical career-enhancing skills.

The program covers major global policy fields to prepare students for strategic leadership roles in the international policy community. Graduates from this program will harness an exceptional understanding of the complex international policy environment; possess robust analytical, writing, and communication skills; and utilize lateral and hierarchical leadership skills.

MIPP Online courses are designed with the highest quality standards and innovative online pedagogy in mind. After a course proposal has received approval by a subject matter expert a team of faculty, course designers, and developers from the Elliott School and GW Libraries and Innovative Services invest close to half a year for the actual design of each course. Courses are only added to the MIPP Online curriculum after they have passed the Quality Matters review conducted by Quality Matters certified course designers not involved in the actual course design process.
Courses will be updated regularly on a two-year schedule; instructor and student feedback will inform the re-design process. Instructors teaching online courses for MIPP will receive special training and technical support to facilitate an outstanding learning experience.

The MIPP Online design

  • a one-year, 27-credit distance learning program.
  • three foundation courses to master essential leadership and analytical skills.
  • electives that allow students to customize their educational experience.
  • students can choose to enroll full-time or on a part-time basis.

Admission Requirements

The program seeks to attract highly qualified mid-career professionals including active-duty military personnel with at least:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Eight years of relevant professional working experience (or a prior advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher learning).
  • Working proficiency in English (minimum: TOEFL 105 or IELTS 7.0).
  • Micro- and Macroeconomics coursework completed prior to enrollment.
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Last updated November 23, 2018
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