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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Duke Center for International Development?

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) is a center within the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. DCID focuses on three main areas of work: education and training, research and advising, and engagement. 




What is the Summer Academic Institute?

The DCID Summer Academic Institute is a four-week program providing incoming MIDP students with academic English writing and communication lessons. The institute is $2,500 and will be charged to your fall semester billing.


Does Duke have any immunization requirements?

Duke does require that all students meet its immunization requirements. Proof of immunizations must be submitted to the university before you arrive on campus.


What public transportation is available around Duke?

While the United States is still largely a car dependent culture, there is a wide variety of public transportation options available to Duke students. You can learn more about the public transportation system and how Duke students are eligible for a free bus pass on the Duke Student Affairs website.


Does Duke provide on-campus housing?

Duke has extremely limited on-campus housing for graduate students, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority for housing assignment will be awarded to graduate students who arrive from abroad on student visa status and who are attending school outside of their home country for the first time. On-campus housing is not available for visiting scholars. Most MIDP students rent off-campus housing. For more information on Duke's on-campus housing options, please visit the Housing website.


As an international student, what resources are available to help me relocate to Duke?

In addition to the MIDP staff, Duke University has a variety of resources available to international students. Visa Services has full-time staff available to help with any visa-related matters that may arise while you are here. International House has a wide range of services available to international students, including housing information, rides to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get your driver's license, an English Conversation Club, and much more.


What type of insurance will I need?

International students must purchase Duke’s Student Health Insurance. Families should also have health insurance.


Can I concentrate on a particular area of study?

There are several optional areas of focus that students can select to help focus their studies. These include Applied Economics, Development Management and Governance, Environmental Policy, Law and Development, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Social Policy, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In addition, students can work with their advisors to find elective courses in their areas of interest, such as agriculture, business, technology, etc.


What types of advisement are available to MIDP students?

When students first arrive, they will be assigned a faculty advisor who is familiar with their professional interests and can help guide them in creating a study plan. Later students will also be assigned a Master's Project advisor, who will help them complete their Master's Project research. In addition, students will have access to professional development advising to help them find summer internships, craft their resumes, and seek out career opportunities.


What time of day are classes offered?

Classes are held throughout the day, with morning classes beginning at 8:30 a.m. and evening classes typically finishing by 7:00 p.m. Most classes are held Monday through Thursday.


How many credit hours are required to complete the MIDP degree?

The one-year degree requires 30 credits and the two-year degree requires 48 credits.


Can I take classes at other universities in the area?

Yes, Duke University has inter-institutional agreements with North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. However, you cannot take more classes outside your home institution per semester than you are taking at Duke. For example, if you are taking two classes at Duke, then you may take up to two classes at another university. If you are taking one class at Duke, then you may take only one class at another university.


Does the MIDP program offer online or part-time courses?

The program’s curriculum and course sequence requires full-time, on-campus study. Part-time study may be considered on a case-by-case basis.




How much and what type of work experience are you looking for?

The MIDP program requires at least five years of experience related to international development and/or policy.


Do you require admissions interviews?



What is the deadline for submitting my application?

January 5 (Fall) and October 1 (Spring)


How do my recommenders submit their letters of support?

We require all evaluation forms and recommendation letters to be uploaded and completed online. We regret that we cannot process applications until we have received all of the recommendations.


Who should I ask to write my recommendations?

The most valuable recommendations come from the people who know your professional skills and abilities and who can write specifically about them. We encourage you to submit at least one recommendation from someone who knows you well in your current position and can speak to your professional performance, such as a current supervisor or director. In addition, people who have known your work in past positions are valuable recommenders. If you have recently been a student, a reference from a former professor who knows your academic work well is helpful.


Do I need to take the GRE?



Am I required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores?

Non-native English speakers are required to submit English language test scores. Please keep in mind that scores are valid for only two years. Minimum scores of 90 on the TOEFL IBT or 7.0 on the IETLS are required.


How can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your own application through your Slate login.


When will I be informed of the admissions decision?

We typically deliver admission decisions via online notification in mid-March.


I’m an undergraduate student. What can I do now to prepare for the MIDP program?

Be sure to take at least one course in microeconomics and one in macroeconomics. You must also have at least five years of work experience in a development-related field.


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Do you offer group discounts?

We do offer group discounts for groups of three or more people attending the same program. We do not typically offer discounts for participants who are self-funded. For more information, contact us.


When are programs offered?

Open enrollment programs are offered May through August. Read more about our open enrollment courses.

Custom programs can be arranged any time of the year. To request a custom course, please submit an inquiry form.


Do you have a program schedule?

The detailed program schedule will not be available until the first day of class. Usually, classes run Monday through Friday from about 8:30 or 9:00 in the morning until 5:30 or 6:00 in the evening. There is a 90-minute lunch break around 12:30 p.m. and two coffee breaks at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day. There are no classes on the weekends, but we have social activities on Saturdays for those who would like to participate. 


Can I bring my family with me?

If you decide to bring your family with you on the trip, they will stay with you in the room we have reserved for you at the hotel. Please note that the cost will be $420 ($500 for PARM) extra per person (regardless of age). However, we recommend that participants do not bring their family members, as the program is very intensive and participants do not have much free time. You will be in class from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, in addition to working on group projects on the evenings and weekends.


What are the closest airports to Duke?

The closest airports are Raleigh-Durham International Airport (25 minutes away from campus), Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte (approximately two hours from campus), and the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro (approximately one hour from campus).