"Students in the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies are broadly trained in both analytical and policy skills as well as the substantive issues that face the world today."

The Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS) Master of Arts degree requires two years of full-time study and a minimum of 73 units to graduate. During the first year, students will undertake a broad range of courses designed to build a foundation from which to grow. This includes coursework in the global core, quantitative core, and the skills core. Students are also expected to take the gateway course for their area of concentration during year one. In the second year, students focus on their area of concentration, of which there are five options:

In addition to the concentration courses in the second year, students undertake a practicum, applying the skills they have learned in a small-group setting to provide real-world clients with solutions to current global issues.
The MA in International Policy Studies can also be taken as a joint JD/MA with the Stanford Law School.