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International Policy Studies

Director: Kathryn Stoner-Weiss (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)

Executive Committee Co-chairs: Coit D. Blacker (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Andrew Walder (Sociology)

Executive Committee: Larry Diamond (Hoover Institution), Nicholas C. Hope (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research), Jenny Martinez (Law), Norman Naimark (History), Rosamond Naylor (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Bruce Owen (Public Policy), Julie Parsonnet (Medicine), Frank Wolak (Economics)

Lecturers: Chonira Aturupane, Thomas Fingar, Erica Gould, Christine Jojarth, Anja Manuel, Eric Morris, Joe Nation, Daniel Sneider, David Straub

Affiliated Faculty: Mike Armacost (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Jonathan Bendor (Business), Paul Brest (Law), Jeremy Bulow (Economics), Gordon Chang (History), John Cogan (Hoover Institution), Joshua Cohen (Political Science), Martha Crenshaw (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Larry Diamond (Hoover Institution), Lynn Eden (Sociology), Walter P. Falcon (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), James Fearon (Political Science), Lawrence Goulder (Economics), Justin Grimmer (Political Science), Stephen H. Haber (Political Science), Deborah Hensler (Law), David J. Holloway (History, Political Science), Joy Ishii (Graduate School of Business), Simon Jackman (Political Science), Seema Jayachandran (Economics), Timothy Josling (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Terry Karl (Political Science), Daniel P. Kessler (Business), Stephen D. Krasner (Political Science), Gail Lapidus (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Susanna Loeb (Education), Michael McFaul (Political Science, on leave), Ronald I. McKinnon (Economics), Norman Naimark (History), Rosamond Naylor (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Jean Oi (Political Science), William Perry (Management Science and Engineering), Rob Reich (Political Science), Douglas Rivers (Political Science), Richard Roberts (History), Lee Ross (Psychology), Scott D. Sagan (Political Science), Stephen J. Stedman (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Jeff Strnad (Law), Michael Tomz (Political Science), Andrew Walder (Sociology), Allen Weiner (Law), Jeremy Weinstein (Political Science)

Program Office: Encina Hall West, Second Floor

Mail Code: 94305-6045

Phone: (650) 725-9155

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies are listed under the subject code IPS on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS) is an analytical interdisciplinary program focusing on international policy analysis. Its goal is to provide students with exposure to issues they will face in international business and public policy, and to develop the skills and knowledge to address those issues. The program allows students to specialize in: democracy, development, and the rule of law; energy, environment, and natural resources; global health; global justice; international negotiation and conflict management; international political economy; or international security and cooperation.

University requirements for the M.A. degree are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.


IPS is designed for students who have an undergraduate background in economics and political science. To enroll in the program, students must have completed prerequisite courses in calculus-based statistics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, international trade and international finance. Stanford courses satisfying these requirements are ECON 51, 52, 102A or POLISCI 150A, and ECON 165 and 166.

To apply or for information on graduate admission, see

Applicants from schools other than Stanford or applicants from Stanford who did not apply in their senior year should submit a graduate admission application including:

Applicants are expected to have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited school.

Applications for admission in Autumn Quarter must be filed with supporting credentials by January 10, 2012.


Undergraduates at Stanford may apply for admission to the coterminal master's program in IPS when they have earned a minimum of 120 units toward graduation, including AP and transfer credit, and no later than the quarter prior to the expected completion of their undergraduate degree. The coterminal application requires the following supporting materials:

Applications must be filed together with supporting materials by January 110 2012.

University requirements for the coterminal M.A. are described in the "Coterminal Bachelor's and Master's Degrees" section of this bulletin. For University coterminal degree program rules and University application forms, see


Students may also choose to pursue a joint J.D./M.A. in IPS degree. The joint degree program supplements the strengths of the Law School with training through IPS. Prospective students interested in the joint J.D./M.A. in IPS program may apply concurrently to both the Stanford Law School and the IPS program. This means that two separate application forms are required and applicants must submit LSAT scores to the Law School and GRE scores to the IPS program.

Students already enrolled at Stanford Law School may apply to the joint J.D./M.A. in IPS program by no later than the end of the second year of Law School. The IPS program will make rolling admissions decisions based on the student's original application materials (GRE scores are not required in addition to LSAT scores in this case). Submission of the following is required for consideration:

For further information, see the "Joint Degree Programs" section of this bulletin and the University Registrar's site.

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