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M.A./M.P.P. Admissions

Joint Degree: Public Policy and International Policy Studies

The  joint degree program allows you to pursue study in both the International Policy Studies (IPS) and Public Policy programs in three academic years of residence.  In rare instances, the joint degree program could be completed in less than three years.

Graduates from the M.A./M.P.P. program will be prepared to work in the research, planning, and implementation of public policies for government agencies, NGOs, and foundations that work both in the United States and overseas.

Application instructions for the Joint M.A./M.P.P.

Degree Requirements

IPS Units

73

Public Policy Units

90

Units that can be applied towards both degrees

45

Time to Complete

9 academic quarters (3 years)


Timeline

Year

School

Coursework

1

IPS

IPS Core Curriculum

2

IPS & Public Policy

IPS Practicum & Area of Concentration / Public Policy Core & Electives

3

Public Policy

Public Policy Core & Electives


How to Apply

Applications for graduate study in Public Policy are only accepted from:

  • Students currently enrolled in any Stanford graduate or undergraduate degree program
  • ​From external applicants seeking a joint degree
  • From recent Stanford alumni (2009-current)
     

External Applicants

The joint degree program requires admission to, and matriculation into, IPS as a first step.  IPS students must be enrolled at Stanford for at least one quarter before applying to add the joint degree in public policy.  As a reminder, the application deadline for the IPS program is generally the first Tuesday in January of the same year in which you intend to matriculate (e.g., early January 2018 application deadline for matricuation in September 2018).

Additional Information

Please contact IPS during the application process if you have questions about the joint degree program.

Admissions questions are addressed in our FAQ section.  Further questions should be directed to MPP Grad Admissions and the IPS Program Coordinator.


Current IPS Students

The joint program requires admission to Public Policy, and students should discuss their plans with both programs before applying.  IPS students must be enrolled at Stanford for at least one quarter before applying to add the joint degree in public policy.

Deadlines

Rolling applications from current Stanford graduate students will be accepted prior to the April 10, 2018 deadline.  Early submission of MPP applications is encouraged. Admission notifications will be sent on a rolling basis no later than May 1, 2018.

Application materials for Public Policy must be submitted by April 10, 2018 in order to be considered for matriculation in Autumn Quarter 2018.  The early deadline for applications is Saturday, January 23, 2018.  Early submission of M.P.P. applications is encouraged. Admission notifications will be sent on a rolling basis no later than May 1, 2018.

Application information is available on the Public Policy website.

Additional Information

Admitted students are required to respond to offers of admission by May 15, 2018.  Matriculating students will pay a $125 fee when submitting a Graduate Authorization Petition in order to finalize the joint degree plan.

Admissions questions are addressed in our FAQ section.  Further questions should be directed to MPP Grad Admissions and the IPS Program Coordinator.