The MIP is a traditional two-year masters program that comprises a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework (12 three-hour classes).  MIP students are required to take 6 core courses, 4 track courses, a general elective, and complete a capstone project.  Satisfactory completion of the core courses ensures that students achieve the MIP program’s learning objectives, while the track courses are designed to build expertise in a specific issue area.

To review the MIP Degree Program Timetable, please click here. The MIP Graduate Manual is available here.



The MIP program has four overarching learning objectives: mastery of scholarship, research proficiency, comprehension of the policy process, and enhancement of professional practices. Although individual courses may focus on specific topic and issue areas, each course is designed with an eye toward these overarching objectives. The MIP program is also structured into two thematically designed tracks:  an International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) track and a Human Security track.   This structure is designed to assist students with developing in-depth knowledge of an international security issue and marketable expertise. The following are a few examples of courses offered by the MIP:


Core Courses:

  • Foundations of International Policy
  • Research Methods in International Policy
  • Pre-seminar in International Relations
  • Data Analytics and Presentation for International Policy Professionals
  • Policy Process


International Security and Nonproliferation Track

The ISN track focuses on threats to states and the mitigation of threats posed by the technology and materials that underlie weapons of mass destruction.  Students enrolling in the ISN track will develop an understanding of the policies underlying national and international nonproliferation efforts, technical aspects of weapons of mass destruction programs, and the fundamentals of strategic trade management.

International Security and Nonproliferation Courses:

  • Technical Background for WMD Non-proliferation Policy Practitioners
  • Nuclear History and Security Policy
  • Politics of Trade and Security
  • International Perspectives on Nuclear Non-proliferation
  • Stability and Instability in Nuclear Politics
  • Deterrence Policy (Forthcoming)
  • International Security and Nonproliferation Lab (Forthcoming)


Human Security Track

Students electing the Human Security track will focus on issues related to the protection and empowerment of individuals, the various means by which human rights may be either violated or protected, and the consequences of both military and civilian interventions on human security outcomes.

Human Security Courses:

  • International Intervention and Human Security 
  • Human Rights
  • Terrorism
  • Counterterrorism
  • Advanced Data Analysis for Human Security Practitioners
  • War and Human Security (Forthcoming)
  • Human Security Lab (Forthcoming)


Energy Security Track (Forthcoming)

The Center for International Trade and Security has a growing energy research agenda.  As part of that agenda, the MIP has proposed offering an energy track.  Two energy courses are currently offered by the MIP program:

  • Energy Systems Security and Policy
  • Energy Statecraft

There are currently three proposed energy security courses:

  • Technical Foundations of Energy for Policy Practitioners (Forthcoming)
  • Environmental Politics (Forthcoming)
  • Energy Lab (Forthcoming)


For a complete list of course offerings and descriptions, please click here

Double Dawg Program

The Double Dawgs program at the University of Georgia creates structured programs for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within a five-year timeframe.  There are currently two approved Double Dawgs programs for the MIP:

  • International Affairs AB/International Policy MIP (non-thesis)
  • Political Science AB/International Policy MIP (non-thesis).

Students with undergraduate majors in other fields should consult the SPIA undergraduate advising office and the Political Science & International Affairs Graduate Advisor to find out more about creating a new Double Dawgs program specific to their interests.

For more information on the Double Dawg pathway, please contact Dr. Joshua Massey.

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