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International Policy Studies

Director: Stephen J. Stedman (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: Undraa Agvaanluvsan, Chonira Aturupane, Rafiq Dossani, Erica Gould, Eric Morris, Joe Nation, Daniel Sneider

Affiliated Faculty: Mike Armacost (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), Jonathan Bendor (Business), Byron Bland (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies), 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), Stephen H. Haber (Political Science), David J. Holloway (History, Political Science), 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), Peter Stone (Political Science), Kathryn Stoner-Weiss (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, Room 216

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: international political economy; international negotiation and conflict management; international security and cooperation; democracy, development, and the rule of law; global health; global justice; or energy, environment, and natural resources.

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


IPS is designed for students who have a strong undergraduate background in economics and political science. To enroll in the program, students must have taken undergraduate 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.

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 a statement setting forth relevant personal, academic, and career plans and goals; official transcripts; three letters of recommendation; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; a writing sample of at least ten pages; an area of concentration form; and resume. TOEFL scores are required of applicants for whom English is not their first language or who did not attend an undergraduate institution where English is the language of instruction. To apply or for information on graduate admission, see 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 5, 2010.

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: two letters of recommendation from University faculty, a writing sample of at least ten pages, and a statement of relevant personal, academic, and career plans and goals. Applications must be filed together with supporting materials by January 5.

For University coterminal degree program rules and University application forms, see

Students may also choose to pursue a joint JD/MA in IPS degree. The joint degree program supplements the strengths of the Law School with training through IPS. Prospective students interested in the joint JD/MA 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 JD/MA 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 documents is required for consideration: IPS Joint Degree Application Form (available from the IPS web site), Law School Joint Degree Petition (available from the Law School Registrar's Office), Graduate Program Authorization Petition and the Enrollment Agreement for Students with Multiple Programs (both available from the H&S Registrar's Office).

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