IPPMI Certificate Program

The International Public Policy and Management Institute offers a one-year Professional Certification program for international professionals in the field of public policy and government. The Certificate program is designed to provide international professionals with an academic, professional & cultural experience in the United States. The program consists of the following five components:

  • Independent Academic Studies and research on current issues in disciplines relevant to participant’s professions
  • Comprehensive English language programs for formal and practical communication
  • Professional field trips to private and public enterprises, and government agencies
  • Internship experience with local public and government officials
  • American cultural experiences.

Qualifications & Admissions Process

Participation in the IPPMI Program requires a baccalaureate degree, 10 years of professional experience, and basic English language competency. All applicants should submit an application for admission, an official transcript of undergraduate studies with certification of graduation, and TOEFL scores or comparable evidence of basic English language competency. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted, but are optional.

Application Deadlines are as follows:

  • July 1 for Fall semester
  • October 31 for Spring semester

Program Tuition (not including the cost of long-distance field trips):

  • Government employees: $20,000
  • Non-government employees: $24,000

Cost of Visa:

  • J-1 Exchange Visitor is $1,834/month or $22,000/year
  • J-2 Spouse is an additional $567/month or $6,800/year
  • J-2 Child (per child) is an additional $392/month or $4,700/year

Required documents:

  • Application Form
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation (at least one)
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Certificate of English Test (TOEFL or equivalent)
  • Official Transcript
  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport (and of each accompanying dependent, if applicable)
  • Marriage Certificate or Family Registry
  • City of Birth (of applicant and each accompanying family member)
  • Emergency Contact in home country. Must include contact’s name, phone, address and, if possible, e-mail address.
  • Email addresses and phone numbers of any dependents (spouse or children)
  • Personal Statement (Research Plan)
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and Bank Statement
    • 51% of total program funding (cost of visa + tuition) must come from the government
    • Copy of bank statement is required to obtain a visa

The following is an outline of the application & notification process:

  1. After the applications are due, the Martin School and IPPMI review the profiles of all applicants.
  2. The Martin School and IPPMI notify all accepted applicants.
  3. The Martin School and IPPMI will submit all necessary documents to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and will receive a SEVIS DS-2019 for each participant.
  4. IPPMI sends these SEVIS DS-2019 forms to the applicants which they need to use to apply for a J-1 Student Non-Degree Visa.



ESL 1 & 2
9 hours/week
Instructors: Susan Ma and Keith Gilbertson 

Federal, State, and Local Government in the United States
2 hours/week
InstructorMichael Childress 

Special Topics: Pubic Policy seminars related to the student’s research interests.
2 hours/Week
Instructor: Doo Oak Kim and Martin School Professor

Understanding America
2 hours/week 
Instructor: Doo Oak Kim

Public Policy Field Visits
3 hours/week 
Instructor: Doo Oak Kim and Martin School Staff