The MIPP is completed in one academic year. It is designed for experienced professionals who wish to develop advanced analytical and leadership skills. Students tailor their coursework to focus on areas of greatest importance to their careers. MIPP students represent diverse employment sectors and bring substantial practical experience into classroom discussions.


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

Our students 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

The faculty is 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.

Notable Speakers

  • Timothy Geithner, former US secretary of Treasury
  • Ekil Ahmad Hakimi, former Afghan ambassador to the United States
  • Atifete Jahjaga, former president of Kosovo
  • John McCain, former US senator

Broaden Your Experience at Two Campuses

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

Gain a Career-Building Edge

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 contacts, 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 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

Alumni have pursued careers at:

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


The MIPP 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 of their career.


MIPP 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 MIPP students are welcome to add 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 MIPP program in Bologna are required to pass an English proficiency exam.

Prior to Attending


The MIPP 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 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.

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