MIP FAQ - General Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Information

  • Do you offer a one-year master's program?

No, the Ford Dorsey program in International Policy is only offered as a two-year, full-time program.

  • Can I be a part-time student in the Ford Dorsey program? 

No, the Ford Dorsey program is only offered as a two-year, full-time program. You are expected to be available Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week, for classes, meetings, and other program responsibilities. In addition, you will need to remain in residence (and live within reasonable proximity to the campus) for the duration of each academic quarter for which you must complete required courses or are funded by an assistantship.

  • Do you offer a Ph.D program?

No, the Ford Dorsey program offers only the Master of Arts degree.

  • What do I do if I have questions during the winter break when Stanford University and the MIP office are closed?

Due to the Stanford Holiday Closure, the MIP office will be closed December 12, 2020 - January 3, 2021. During this time, please use the MIP and Stanford Office of Graduate Admissions websites to search for answers to your questions. If you have any technical problems with the application, please submit a help request within the application system. If you are unable to find answers to your questions, please email us. This will generate an auto-reply email that will include links to help answer common questions. While we will be checking email infrequently, we will try to repsond to your urgent questions as quickly as we can. Please note that we will not return voicemails left during the break until the MIP office reopens on January 4, 2021.

  • Is it possible to visit the MIP program and meet with faculty, students, and/or staff? 

Yes, we encourage you to come and explore Stanford's wonderful campus and resources. If you are interested in visiting, please contact the MIP team in advance to schedule a meeting. Those admitted into the program will be invited to campus for Admit Day in early to mid-April to learn more about MIP, meet faculty and current students, and tour the campus.

  • Is MIP part of any professional networks?

Yes, FSI and MIP are a part of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). For more details, please see their website