Mira Wijayanti
IPS Class of 2012

Mira graduated from IPS in 2012 where she concentrated in Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. At Stanford, Mira's coursework was focused on social innovation, especially in the global health space, and entrepreneurship in the developing world. Between her first and second year Mira was a Summer Associate with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Uganda, where she created a strategy to launch a new healthcare diagnostic in health facilities nationwide. Mira was also an active student at the d.school, taking classes that focused on designing for the base of the pyramid, such as Design for Extreme Affordability and Designing Liberation Technology. With two fellow 2012 IPS-alums, Mira organized the IPS study trip to Indonesia where students met with public figures and private sector leaders. 

After graduating in June, Mira spent her summer traveling in Southeast Asia before returning to the Bay Area as an Associate with the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. The Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm based in Menlo Park, invests and supports early stage start-up social enterprises. As an Associate, Mira works with the team to identify, fund, and support cutting-edge social entrepreneurs. Her role ranges from performing due diligence on potential new grantees to portfolio support for current entrepreneurs. Grantees of the Foundation include catalytic social enterprises such as Kiva, Room to Read, Education Pioneers, and One Acre Fund.



MA Program Details

The Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS) Master of Arts degree requires two years of full-time study and a minimum of 73 units to graduate. During the first year, students will undertake a broad range of courses designed to build a foundation from which to grow. This includes the coursework in the global core, quantitative core, and skills core, as well as the gateway course for their area of concentration. In the second year, students focus on their area of concentration, of which there are five options:

In addition to the concentration courses in the second year, students undertake a practicum, applying the skills they have learned in a small-group setting to provide real-world clients with solutions to current global issues. Full details are available at Stanford's Explore Degrees website. 

Program Structure

Global Core
     International Relations Theory 3
  International Policy Colloquium 1
Quantitative Core
  International Economics 5
  Advanced Economics 4-5
  Statistics 5
  Econometrics 5
Skills Core
  Policy Writing 5
  Justice 4-5
  Decision Making  4
  Skills Elective 3-5
Area of Concentration
  Gateway 4-5
  Electives 22+
  Practicum 8
Program Total 73

Language Requirement

IPS students must show proficiency in a foreign language in order to graduate. Such proficiency can be demonstrated by:

  1. Completion of three years of university-level course work in a foreign language; or
  2. Passing an oral and written proficiency examination before graduation; or
  3. The student's second language is English.