Applicants with a four-year undergraduate degree and a minimum of five years of post-undergraduate work experience in a development-related field are eligible to apply. Past applicants have held positions in U.S. and foreign government agencies, NGOs, public international organizations, private corporations, the United States Peace Corps and more.
Admission to the MIDP is competitive, based upon the applicant’s academic and professional credentials, essays, English proficiency and letters of recommendation. To ensure the best chance for admission, applicants must have:
- A strong academic background that demonstrates the capability to successfully undertake graduate studies. Duke University requires the completion of a four-year undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply.
- A professional background of at least five years which shows an increase in responsibilities over time. Development-related experience is preferred.
- Essays which demonstrate a commitment to working in development and a deep awareness of development issues.
- Strong letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references, which speak in detail about the applicant's potential and skills.
- For all applicants, strong written and oral English skills are absolutely essential to succeed in the MIDP program.
Additionally, to be eligible for the one-year degree, applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate-level coursework in a relevant field, and must also have an academic background in market-based economics with high grades/marks.
In addition to taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam, Duke University requires all accepted applicants whose native language is not English to take both oral and written English assessments upon arrival at Duke. Based on the results of these assessments, fellows may be required to take one or two English language courses. English language course credits do not count toward the 30 credit requirement for the MIDP degree. They must be taken in addition to the regular course-load as part of the Duke University graduation requirements. Read more about academic policies related to English language courses.
Applicants are NOT required to submit GRE scores. However, if you have taken the GRE and would like to submit your scores, please request that the official GRE scores be sent to the Duke Graduate School admissions office, institutional code 5156.
All applicants whose first language is not English who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (not older than two years).
A minimum of 90 must be scored on the TOEFL internet-based test.
A minimum overall band score of seven (7.0) must be scored on the IELTS.
A minimum of 64 must be scored on the PTE.
Details on the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams and registration forms are available at U.S. embassies and consulates as well as U.S. Information Agency offices, or from TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE.
Please request that the official TOEFL scores be sent to the Duke Graduate School admissions office, institutional code 5156. Please request that PTE scores be sent to Duke University.
IELTS scores may be verified electronically with the TRF. Please send your TRF to the MIDP admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org or request hardcopy scores to be mailed to the following address:
Master of International Development Policy Program
Attn: Admissions Coordinator
Duke Center for International Development
302 Towerview Road, Rubenstein Hall Room 289
Durham, North Carolina USA 27708-0237