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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 Master of International Development Policy program at Duke is the most flexible program of its kind. The graduate degree is tailored to mid-career professionals who have worked in development-related sectors and know what kind of impact they want to have in the world. An MIDP degree from Duke equips changemakers with the policy tools necessary to shape social, political and economic development efforts worldwide.

As a fellow in the program, you co-design your own unique course of study, guided by your passions and career interests. In addition to the MIDP core curriculum, fellows choose elective courses from MIDP and departments across Duke, and even courses at other nearby universities.

Our small cohort size and close-knit community sets us apart. It means we can offer unparalleled service to incoming fellows. With years of experience welcoming international students and their families, the faculty and staff of MIDP offer assistance from picking up at the airport to career advising. 


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Global diversity and inclusion is not an afterthought, but a core element of our program's model. In addition to a variety of social and cultural events, our faculty engage students in meaningful cross-country dialogue in the classroom. As professors of the practice, our faculty have had lifelong international careers that combined academic achievements with on-the-ground jobs. The wide variety of work experiences shared by both our faculty and our fellows encourage creative exchanges inside and outside of the classroom. 


To guide your study, you can select an "area of focus" 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.  We also offer an optional specialization in International Tax and Public Financial Management (IT-PFM). 

After you graduate, you join a network of MIDP alumni in more than 96 countries working with international development agencies, in the private sector, and in local, state, and national governments around the world. The connections you make in the classroom will last a lifetime.