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Master of International Development Policy

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The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is a unique, flexible interdisciplinary degree program that trains mid-career professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in and for developing countries.

The mission of the master’s program in international development policy is to provide top-quality, personalized education targeted to students’ international development policy goals and interests. The program equips graduates to make meaningful contributions to social, political and economic development efforts worldwide.

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Participants self-design their course of study, selecting from MIDP core seminars, elective courses from MIDP and departments across Duke University, and courses at other nearby universities. The small class size and close-knit community allow staff to provide personalized services to students, including assistance on arrival and while settling in, guidance on writing and communication, academic mentoring, and a variety of social and cultural events. 

"Every time I get such opportunities, I am reminded of the academic and social foundation I gained from the MIDP program, which has equipped me with confidence to handle and engage on almost any international development issue." - Betty Tushabe MIDP'16, who was selected as one of 100 Young Global Changers at the G20 Think Tank Summit


The program also offers optional specializations in International Taxation and Public Financial Management, as well as the option to concentrate in one of six areas: Applied Economics, Development Management and Governance, Environmental Management and Policy, Law and Development, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Social Policy. 

Should you attend the program, you will become part of a network of MIDP alumni in more than 65 countries, working with international development agencies, in the private sector, or as government and NGO leaders to advance the field of sustainable international development.

Learn more about the MIDP curriculum and courses.