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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 developing countries.


The MIDP program is unique: it is tailored to mid-career professionals who have worked in development-related sectors and who are ready to accelerate their impact on the world through a tailored graduate education at one of the top universities in the United States. An MIDP degree from Duke equips graduates to make meaningful contributions to social, political and economic development efforts worldwide.

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Because our program is customized for the unique passions and career interests of our fellows, participants self-design their course of study, selecting from MIDP core seminars, elective courses from MIDP and departments across Duke University, and even courses at other nearby universities. Our small class size and close-knit community allow MIDP staff to provide personalized services to students, including assistance on arrival and while settling in, guidance on writing and communication, academic mentoring, and career advising. Our faculty and staff value the global diversity of our program, and fellows are engaged throughout the year in a variety of social and cultural events.

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

As a graduate, you will become part of a network of MIDP alumni in more than 65 countries working with international development agencies, in the private sector, and in local, state, and national governments around the world. 


"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