Curriculum

Mission

The purpose of the master's program is to further develop knowledge and skills in International Policy Studies and to prepare students for a professional career. This is achieved through completion of required courses in the global, quantitative, and skills core, as well as courses in an area of concentration and the capstone course. Students are also encouraged to gain experience through a summer internship and research skills through assistantships with Stanford faculty.

The IPS curriculum, as well as all IPS courses and pre-approved courses from other academic units, can be found on Stanford's Explore Degrees website.

Curriculum

  Units
Global Core (4)  
Colloquium (*): 1
Issues in International Policy Studies  
International Relations Theory (*): 3
Managing Global Complexity  
Quantitative Core (19-20)  
Statistics Course - Select one of the following (*): 5
Introductory Statistics for Policy  
Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists  
Econometrics Course - Select one of the following (*): 5
Applied Statistics for Policy  
Introduction to Econometrics  
Political Methodology II  
International Economics Course - Select one of the following (*): 5
Topics in International Macroeconomics  
Issues in International Economics  
Advanced Economics Course - Select one of the following (*): 4-5
Topics in International Macroeconomics  
Issues in International Economics  
Microeconomics  
Cost-Benefit Analysis and Evaluation  
Skills Core (13-14)  
Policy Writing: Select one of the following (*): 5
The Politics of International Humanitarian Action  
The Transition from War to Peace: Peacebuilding Strategies  
International Mediation and Civil Wars  
From Innovation to Implementation: How Government Can Develop and Apply New Ideas  
U.S. Policy toward Northeast Asia  
Behind the Headlines: An Introduction to Contemporary South Asia  
Decision Making in U.S. Foreign Policy  
Justice: Select one of the following: 4-5
Justice  
Introduction to Global Justice  
Decisionmaking: Select one of the following: 4
Judgment and Decision Making  
Public Policy and Social Psychology: Implications and Applications  
Skills Elective (3-5)  
Select one of the following six courses, or any IPS or approved area of concentration course 3-5
Negotiation  
Public Speaking  
Finance for Non-MBAs  
Strategic Communication  
Negotiation  
Design Thinking Bootcamp: Experiences in Innovation and Design  
Area of Concentration: Gateway and elective courses: (24) 24
Capstone (10)  
Select one to be completed during Autumn and Winter quarters of the second year 10
Practicum  
IPS Master's Thesis  
* indicates courses which must be completed during the first year of the program  
Total Units

73-77

Area of Concentration -- Gateway Courses

Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law Gateway Course: (5) 5
Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law  
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Gateway Course: (3-5) 3-5
Energy Resources  
Global Health Gateway Course: (4) 4
Global Public Health  
International Political Economy Gateway Course: (5) 5
IPE concentrators take IPS 202 as the international economics requirements and IPS 203 as the area of concentration gateway
 
Topics in International Macroeconomics  
Issues in International Economics  
International Security and Cooperation Gateway Course: (5) 5
International Security in a Changing World