Skip to content Skip to navigation

M.A. Degree Program: Autumn 2018

For incoming students in Autumn Quarter 2018-19, the following changes to the IPS Master of Arts degree program will be implemented. 

Program Overview

The program will be renamed the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy and referred to as "MIP." The degree will be renamed Master of Arts - International Policy (M.A.-I.P.).

MIP is a is two-year, full time program that supports students to develop knowledge and skills to prepare for professional careers in international policy. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, and students are encouraged to pursue coursework that spans academic fields at Stanford. The M.A. degree is earned through completion of core coursework, the area of specialization, and the practicum.

This is a professional, terminal degree so work experience is preferred but not required for admission.  Additionally, application to the program does not require completion of any prerequisite coursework, although it is strongly recommended that admitted students have a foundation of knowledge in algebra and/or calculus, introductory microeconomics, and introductory macroeconomics.

The official start to the program will be a microeconomics and statistical computing “Boot Camp” offered during the two weeks preceding the start of autumn quarter.  This short course is designed as a refresher on central concepts in microeconomics that will be useful to students as they begin the program.

MIP Orientation for all incoming students will be held on the Friday before the start of classes in September.

MIP Degree Requirements

Core Courses (36 units)
Core courses are required for all students and comprise the majority of the Year 1 curriculum. 

Area of Specialization (20 units)
Each student will select a specialization and complete a minimum of five courses, two of which will be completed during Year 1.  Three additional specialization courses will be completed during Year 2.  The specializations are: Cyber Policy; Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources; Global Health; Governance and Development; and International Security.  See the Specializations page for more details.

Elective Units (16 units)
Students have freedom to customize their course of study with these elective units, which may be fulfilled by completing additional specialization courses or those in other areas of interest.  Students will need to submit a rationale to the Academic Services Team explaining the courses for which they plan to enroll.

Practicum (8 units)
During Year 2, students will work in small teams to address and present solutions to a real-world policy problem.

DEGREE TOTAL (80 units)

Additional Details for Current Stanford Students

Joint and Dual Degree Programs
Joint and dual degree students must complete all core courses (36 units), the practicum (8 units), and at least 10 units in the area of specialization.

Coterminal students must complete all core courses (36 units), the practicum (8 units), and at least 10 units in the area of specialization.