INPOL-MA - International Policy (MA)
The Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy (MIP) is an interdisciplinary program devoted to rigorously analyzing international policy issues in diplomacy, governance, cyber and international security, and environmental policy. The two-year, full-time degree program awards the Master of Arts (MA) in International Policy.
Unique for small, collaborative classes led by top Stanford faculty and seasoned practitioners, MIP’s core curriculum emphasizes political science, economics, and international relations with quantitative methods and a case study approach. The curriculum includes a strong practical component and several areas of specialization corresponding to expertise at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford (FSI).
In keeping with the university’s mission, MIP was established in 1982 to prepare the next generation of leaders for public and private sector careers in international policymaking and implementation. Its curriculum effectively draws upon FSI’s world-class faculty and interdisciplinary culture, breadth of teaching across theory and practice, multidisciplinary research capacity, and Stanford and Silicon Valley’s ethos of innovation. The program offers its master’s students a unique education to examine, understand, and solve complex real-world problems.
Graduate Degrees describes the university requirements for the MA degree.
See the Office of Graduate Admissions website to apply or for information on graduate admission. Applications for admission in autumn quarter must be filed with supporting credentials by 11:59 PT on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Applicants who intend to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) program must submit two applications:
The KHS application deadline is 1 p.m. PT on October 11, 2023
The MIP application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2023
Note: This early MIP application deadline only applies to applicants to KHS
The MIP program has a quantitatively rigorous core curriculum. It requires university-level, introductory coursework in microeconomics and macroeconomics taken either as part of a student’s undergraduate or graduate education at another accredited educational institution or through an approved online course. Understanding calculus and familiarity with introductory statistics may also be helpful in preparation for the Research Methods course sequence. For details on the content each prerequisite course should cover, see Frequently Asked Questions on the MIP website. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the start of classes in late September; however, they do not need to be completed at the time of application.
Applicants must submit the following materials as part of the web-based application:
Statement of purpose on relevant personal and professional background, academic interests, and career aspirations (2 pages, single-spaced)
Upload scans of official transcripts for any institution attended for one academic year or longer
Admitted applicants who accept the offer of admission will be required to submit final official transcripts (paper or e-transcript). See Graduate Admissions for details
Three letters of recommendation
Please submit recommendations from academic and professional contacts who can effectively speak to your academic skills and/or professional experience, as well as your preparedness for graduate study
Academic writing sample (written in English, 7-15 pages in length, and double-spaced)
Resume or curriculum vitae
TOEFL scores (only required of applicants who are non-native English speakers and who did not attend undergraduate institutions where English is the language of instruction; please see Graduate Admissions for additional information)
The ETS code for Stanford University is 4704
Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited school. International applicants should review the International Academic Credentials page to determine application eligibility.
Joint, Dual, and Coterm Degrees
Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Policy (JD/MA)
Students may choose to pursue a joint JD/MA in International Policy. The joint degree program combines the strengths of the Law School and MIP.
Prospective students interested in this joint may apply concurrently to the Stanford Law School (SLS) and MIP. Two separate application forms are required, and applicants must submit the appropriate standardized test scores to each program. Review the SLS Joint and Cooperative Degree Programs and MIP websites for details.
Current SLS students may apply to the joint JD/MA no later than the end of the second year of Law School. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Details on how to apply are available on the MIP website. Note that the MIP program has one annual application deadline, and applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Current MIP students may apply to the SLS by the deadlines stated on the school’s website. For additional information, please see Joint Degree Programs.
Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts in International Policy (MPP/MA)
Students may choose to pursue a joint MPP/MA in International Policy. This joint degree program allows students to gain a depth of knowledge in both international and domestic policy issues.
Admission to the joint degree program in Public Policy requires admission to and enrollment in MIP. It also requires approval from MIP.
Applications for graduate study in Public Policy are only accepted from:
Students currently enrolled in any Stanford graduate or undergraduate degree program
External applicants seeking a joint degree, or
Stanford alumni who have graduated within the past five years.
External applicants for joint degrees must apply to the MA in International Policy and indicate an interest in the joint MPP Applicants who are admitted to the MA program will then be evaluated for admission to the MPP. Prospective applicants to Stanford should contact the MIP Recruitment and Admissions Manager for any questions.
Current MIP students may apply during the first or second year of study and should consult the MIP Assistant Director for Academic and Student Affairs to express interest.
To be considered for enrollment beginning in autumn quarter 2024-25, all application materials must be submitted by the mid-January deadline set by Public Policy. Full details are available on the Public Policy website.
See Joint Degree Programs for further information.
Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in International Policy (MBA/MA)
Students may choose to pursue a dual MBA/MA in International Policy. The dual degree is designed for students who want to work at the intersection of business and the state, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Prospective students interested in this dual degree program may apply concurrently to the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and MIP programs. Two separate applications are required and applicants must submit the appropriate standardized test scores to each program.
Current MBA students may apply to the dual MBA/MA no later than the end of the first year of Business School. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Details on how to apply are available on the MIP website. Note that the MIP program has one annual application deadline and applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
Current MIP students may apply to the GSB by the deadlines stated on the school’s website.
Master of Science in Environment and Resources and Master of Arts in International Policy (MS/MA)
Students may choose to pursue a dual MS/MA in International Policy. The dual degree with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) allows MIP students to deepen their understanding of the science, technology, and engineering underlying current environmental problems.
Students interested in pursuing the dual degree must obtain approval from MIP and E-IPER to ensure their course of study meets the curricular expectations of both programs. As a first step, MIP students should plan to discuss their interests with the MIP Assistant Director for Academic and Student Affairs. They should also arrange to meet with the E-IPER Joint MS Student Services Officer.
Applications from first-year MIP students are due annually to E-IPER in winter quarter by the January deadline set by the program. In exceptional cases, second-year MIP students may also apply to E-IPER. These students must demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to, the MS degree by completing or enrolling in a minimum of nine units of E-IPER-related coursework by the time of their application. This minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.
Coterminal Master’s Program
Undergraduates at Stanford may apply for admission to the coterminal master’s program in International Policy when they have earned a minimum of 120 units toward graduation, including Advanced Placement and transfer credit, and no later than the quarter before the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. MIP has one application deadline per year in early January for matriculation in autumn quarter of the same calendar year.
Students must submit the Coterminal Online Application, including all supporting materials, by 11:59 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
In addition to the web-based application, coterminal applicants must submit the following supporting materials:
Statement of purpose focusing on relevant personal, academic, and career plans and goals (1,000 words)
Resume or curriculum vitae
Two letters of recommendation from university instructors
Academic writing sample (7-15 pages; double-spaced; may be a portion of a longer paper)
For further information, see Coterminal Master’s Degrees.