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 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 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
  • Energy Systems Security and Policy


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 (awaiting approval)


Human Security Courses

  • International Intervention and Human Security 
  • War and Human Security
  • Human Rights
  • Human Rights Lab
  • Counterterrorism
  • Terrorism (awaiting approval)
  • Advanced Methods for Human Security Professionals (awaiting approval)


Energy Security Courses

  • Foreign Policy Decision Making
  • Energy Statecraft 

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

Track Specialization

The MIP program is organized into two thematically designed tracks:  an International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) track and a Human Security track.  This organization is designed to assist students with developing in-depth knowledge of an international security issue and marketable expertise.


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.


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.

Double Dawg Program

The MIP has collaborated with the UGA Honors Program to offer the AB/MIP joint degree program. This unique program allows undergraduate honors students to simultaneously complete a Master of International Policy degree while completing their undergraduate degree.


Past Double Dawgs have entered the program while concurrently pursing undergraduate degrees from the following programs:

  • Terry College of Business
  • Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
  • UGA College of Engineering
  • School of Public and International Affairs


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

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