The Department of Political Science designed the International Politics and Practice Capstone Certificate (IPPCC) to educate online learners who lead and serve professionally in the international arena. The program appeals especially to experienced, mid-career professionals in the fields of education, business, government, military, and non-governmental organizations. We teach the IPPCC curriculum entirely online.
The IPPCC is a high-quality Capstone Certificate program designed to prepare students for careers of practice. To accomplish this goal, the IPPCC curriculum builds advanced practical mastery in the core competencies of international relations: foreign policy, international political economy, international law and organizations, and international security. In each course, students take part in discussions with UW–Madison's highly ranked international relations faculty and participate in assignments designed to hone their analytical skills. Since IPPCC students work entirely at the graduate level, all program participants must already hold a bachelor's degree.
Key strengths of our capstone program are its moderate time demands and relatively short time to completion. The IPPCC is a five-course, 13-credit hour program, delivered entirely online. To best fit busy schedules already committed to work and family (and unable to accommodate a full-time graduate education program), we offer IPPCC courses at a reasonable pace: students normally will enroll in one course each semester/term, year-round, for a nominal completion time of 15 months (2 summers and 2 semesters).