The Ford Dorsey Program is ideally positioned to train the next generation of global problem solvers. Our home at Stanford University ensures a vibrant intellectual environment that will continue to draw the world's best and brightest for decades to come.
Michael A. McFaul
Director and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
Why Choose Stanford for International Policy?
Learn global leadership skills at one of the top universities in the world. Stanford provides an innovative and interdisciplinary learning experience, including interactive case method teaching and mentorship from our distinguished faculty.
What is the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy (MIP)?
The Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy is a two-year professional graduate degree program at Stanford University, emphasizing the advanced analytical tools and methods critical to decision making and leadership in international affairs.
Dynamic and Collaborative Program
Small class sizes offer students personalized attention and easy access to faculty and staff. The curriculum allows students to gain core policy skills as well as pursue their individual interests.
The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)
MIP is the premier graduate degree program at FSI. The institute is the hub for Stanford scholars who work across disciplines on the world's most important global issues. FSI produces world-class research, engages policy-makers, and trains tomorrow's leaders.
Only at Stanford
Stanford is known for its entrepreneurial character and relationship to Silicon Valley. MIP students have access to innovative opportunities on campus such as Design for Extreme Affordability at the d.school and Stanford Ignite at the Graduate School of Business.
World Class Podcast
FSI hosts a podcast that brings international expertise from Stanford's campus straight to you, featuring some of our distinguished faculty members, including Director Michael McFaul.
A Typical Class
26 average student age
About The Program
Students specialize in one of five areas of study.
Capstone: Policy Change Studio
Second-year students work in teams to tackle international policy challenges and develop solutions for the real world.
Students interact with faculty in the classroom and in one-on-one advising sessions. Additionally, opportunities exist for research and teaching assistantships.
Each student works with three professional advisors: a faculty advisor, an academic advisor, and a career advisor.
Summer Internship Placement and Funding
MIP staff facilitates the first-year internship search by providing support and funding.
Funding and Financial Aid
Ford Dorsey and FSI Fellowships are offered to a limited number of incoming students.
Stanford Alumni Community
Students join the MIP network and the broader Stanford alumni community.
Careers After Graduation
MIP graduates hold positions in U.S. and foreign governments, multilateral organizations, business and technology, think tanks, non-profits, and academia.