Master of International Policy (MIP)

  • The Master of International Policy (MIP) prepares students for careers in the international arena through a rigorous course of study in policy analysis and international affairs. The program relies on a problem-oriented approach so as to prepare students for the complex work of defining, analyzing, and solving real-world challenges.
  • The MIP program consists of two thematically designed tracks: an International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) track and a Human Security track. Please see the MIP degree timetable for more detailed information.
  • The MIP program trains students in international policy analysis and implementation and prepares them for careers in the public and private sectors.
  • Recent graduates have taken jobs at:
    • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
    • National Nuclear Security Administration
    • Savannah River National Laboratory
    • The Carter Center
    • CRDF Global
    • James Martin Center for Nonproliferation
    • United Technologies Aerospace Systems
    • University of Calgary
  • Deadlines to apply:
    • Fall Semester: May 1 (rolling admission)


Well, the Master of International Policy program aims to prepare students for careers across the foreign policy community. That includes the US government, international organizations, non-profits, and consultancies. The program has two thematically designed tracks. An international security and nonproliferation track, which focuses on strategic trade management and nuclear nonproliferation. And a human security track, which focuses on issues pertaining to the empowerment and the protection of individuals such as energy security, the environment, and public health issues.

There is no specific particular kind of training that a student would need to be a master’s student in the Master of International Policy program. So what you would find are students who are coming from programs that focus on public policy and public affairs, but also the humanities.

So one of the very neat experiences of this program is that every spring the program takes the graduate students and some undergraduate students to Washington DC to visit different federal agencies and select consulting groups. And so it’s a very good experience to be able to network first of all. And then also be able to see the inner workings of these federal agencies.

There are a variety of instructors that participate in the Master of International Policy program. Scholars from across SPIA to include human rights experts at the International Affairs Department, security experts at the Center for international Trade and Security, and we also have a strong partnership with the College of Engineering, which adds a distinctive interdisciplinary aspect to the program.