Master of Science in International Policy Management

The Master of Science in International Policy Management (MSIPM) builds on Kennesaw State’s long-standing commitment to global education. This online program is taught by a dedicated team of internationally recognized faculty. You can complete the 11-course (33 credit hour) curriculum in as few as 20 months.

An Employment-Focused Curriculum

The MSIPM degree is designed with your potential employers - and employment - in mind.  

  • You’ll develop the analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills that employers want.
  • You complete a curriculum that focuses on key political, legal, cultural, and economic features of the global policy environment.
  • This program is ideally suited for different types of students, whether you are a recent college graduate preparing for your first job or a working professional with public, private, or nongovernmental experience who is seeking career advancement. 
  • A background in political science or international affairs is not required.

Profession-Focused International Experience

  • You will interact with global decision-makers during a maymester study abroad in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • You will meet with policy professionals at many of the world's major international organizations, including the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Health Organization.
  • You’ll see how your academic work applies in the real world. Students have used study visits to arrange Geneva-based internships.

Online Course Delivery

The 100% online course delivery model means the International Policy Management program provides the flexibility you want (or need). 

  • You can complete your coursework from anywhere, even abroad.
  • IPM students have completed the program from places as diverse as Colombia, Kenya, and Iran.

Cohort Model

You will take all your courses with the students who start the program with you – from beginning to end. The togetherness cultivates a sense of community and the common purpose that research demonstrates leads to better educational outcomes.

Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowship

If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), you may be eligible for a Coverdell Fellowship.

  • Coverdell Fellows receive a tuition waiver that covers most classes and a financial stipend, in exchange for part-time employment as a graduate research assistant.
  • The GRE requirement is waived for RPCVs.
  • The program offers Graduate Research Assistantships to Peace Corps Fellows for up to four academic semesters.
  • For more information see, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program



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Program Snapshot

Program Format: Online 

Number of Credits: 30 Total Hours

Entry Term: Fall

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, July 1st
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Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee. This program only reviews applications for the Fall semesters.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended.  Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Application Letter (Can be uploaded into the online application) - Should state your goals for the program, including the rationale for why/how this program will meet your professional needs.
  • Writing Samples (Can be uploaded into the online application) - About 5 pages, can come from previous course work at the undergraduate level or from
    professional (work-related) writing.
  • Resume (optional) - (Can be uploaded into the online application)
  • Letters of Recommendation (2) (Can be sent electronically through the online application)
  • GRE or GMAT Score Report (optional) - Kennesaw State University's school code for official scores is 5359. No department code is necessary.
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International Policy Management Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Employment-focused curriculum designed to prepare leaders in the private and public sectors.

  • Profession-focused international study trip to Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 100% online course delivery.

  • Cohort-based learning environment.

  • Coverdell Fellowship opportunity for qualified returned Peace Corps volunteers.

What can you do with an International Policy Management degree?

This career field offers many opportunities, including:

  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Interpreter
  • International Logistics Manager
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • International Marketing Manager
  • Political Risk Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Nonprofit Program Coordinator

International Policy Management Salary and Career Information

A career in International Policy Management offers many paths that can easily align with your current and future goals. Below are just a few jobs achievable with a master’s degree in International Policy Management from KSU. 

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