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MIDP fellows may choose one of six optional concentrations to help them focus their studies. Please note: Concentrations are not listed on your transcript, nor will you receive a certificate in a particular concentration. The concentration is a planning tool to help you target your studies more effectively.

Fellows select one (or two) foundation courses and three electives, and a concentration-relevant topic for the master's project.  Each fellow should research the courses available each semester and consult with an academic advisor familiar with the concentration to choose relevant foundation and elective courses.

Fellows may also create their own concentrations, by choosing a set of relevant foundation and elective courses and a master's project topic in consultation with an academic advisor familiar with a specific thematic area in which the fellow is interested.

Applied Economics

The Applied Economics concentration emphasizes the economic policy aspects of development, including issues of international trade and competitiveness; public finance and evaluation of public expenditures; banking and financial sector management; privatization; external debt management; and international capital markets.

Development Management and Governance

The Development Management and Governance concentration covers a broad area of international development issues, allowing fellows the greatest flexibility to choose classes corresponding to their interests. Fellows may focus on issues such as development project management, entrepreneurship development, nonprofit management, civil society and governance, capacity building, decentralization, media policy, aid coordination, science and technology policy, and regional planning.

Environmental Management and Policy

The Environmental Management and Policy concentration emphasizes international environmental policy, security, and institutional development including the generation of social capital at the community level. The expertise of the MIDP faculty is complemented by resources from the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment in such areas as natural resource economics, tropical ecology and eco-tourism.

Law and Development

The Law and Development concentration is concerned with the intersection of formal and informal law (including informal arrangements that actually govern outcomes), with the broad field of development. Topics past fellows have taken an interest in include the law of “doing business,” good governance, rule of law, “the rules of the game,” rights-based approaches to development, J4P (justice for the poor), and legal empowerment. The curriculum is flexible and will be tailored to encompass the development tools and legal frameworks that most complement each fellow’s previous experience and future aspirations.

Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Peace and Conflict Resolution concentration, offered in association with the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, aims to educate and train future leaders who will promote greater tolerance and cooperation among people. The program focuses on democracy, negotiation and conflict resolution; trans-boundary resource management; the global environment; and the promotion of sustainable development as a basis for world peace.

Social Policy

The Social Policy concentration focuses on social development, safety net, education and health policies as well as on issues of disadvantage, gender, ethnic and economic inequality and social entrepreneurship. Those interested may also choose to pursue a graduate certificate in health policy or global health.