Student Association

About IPS
Founded in 1982, the International Policy Studies (IPS) Program at Stanford is a two-year, graduate-level program granting the Master of Arts degree. IPS students are broadly trained in both analytical and practical skills supplemented by coursework related to the most pressing policy issues facing the world today. We are an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

The IPS Student Association (IPSSA) is an entirely student-run group comprised of first and second-year IPS students. IPSSA’s three key objectives are:

Advocacy - represent the needs and opinions of the student body and nurture a two-way feedback channel between administrators and students. IPSSA also strives to support the IPS administration in program improvement. It suggests and helps implements improvements to the IPS program based on student feedback, ranging from degree requirements to practicum design to social media strategy.

Professional Development - provide networking, skills-building and other career-related opportunities for IPS students to ensure they are able to find and attain positions that best suit their goals and interests

Community Building - foster a community around current student and IPS alumni. We provide connectivity and networking opportunities for current students as well as enhance alumni participation and access.

For general information on the program, email, or reach out directly to an IPSSA member.