For complete degree requirements and policies for the Class of 2023 and prospective applicants, please see Stanford University's 2022-23 Bulletin.
Core courses are required for all students and comprise the majority of the Year 1 curriculum.
Each student will complete a minimum of five courses within the following specializations:
The customized electives provide students an opportunity to explore the many academic offerings across campus, and gives them the ability to tailor courses in a suitable manner. These courses must be related to international policy, broadly understood. Students may choose to enroll in additional courses in their area of specialization or build their own course of study.
Options include but are not limited to: enrolling in area studies courses; pursuing a certificate program (e.g., Computational Social Science Certificate); enrolling in language courses; informally completing a second area of specialization; or combining a diverse range of courses to supplement their academic focus.
Students enroll in Policy Change Studio during the winter and spring quarters of their second year of study. The Capstone is designed to provide students with the know-how to bring about change in the real world.
Guided by the MIP Problem-Solving Framework, student teams partner with outside organizations to solve real policy problems with the support of faculty, staff, mentors, and teamwork coaches. Field work is a crucial aspect of the capstone experience, which requires students to travel around the world during their spring break.
Stanford University is home to some of the world's best scholars on global issues. The Ford Dorsey Program also features leading practitioners from government and industry, including former ambassadors, UN officials, and Silicon Valley policy executives.
MIP offers joint degrees with Stanford Law School and the Public Policy Program as well as formal dual degrees with the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.
The MIP coterminal degree is open to Stanford undergraduates in any major. Students traditionally apply during their Junior year and complete their MA in a fifth or sixth year at Stanford.