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The Master of International Development Policy offers three program options: both one- and two-year degree programs and a non-degree certificate in International Development Policy. 



The MIDP program is set apart by its interdisciplinary, flexible curriculum, which allows fellows to self-design a course of study. All fellows are required to take a set of core courses and can select additional courses from the MIDP program, the Sanford School of Public Policy, other schools across Duke, and nearby universities. To help with the design of your curriculum, you may select an area of focus. Then, you are paired with an academic advisor who assists with course selection each semester.




Program Classes Internship Master's Project Length
Two-year MIDP 16 courses (48 credit hours): 8 MIDP seminars and 8 electives Required Required Two academic years
One-year MIDP* 10 courses (30 credit hours): 4 MIDP seminars and 6 electives Optional Required One academic year and one summer session
Non-degree certificate** 8 courses (24 credit hours): 4 MIDP seminars and 4 electives Not required Not required One academic year



Core Courses

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  • Policy Analysis for Development examines the role of policy analysis in solving important international development problems and hones the analytical and communication skills needed to undertake effective policy analysis.
  • Economic Foundations for Development provides an overview of microeconomic and macroeconomic principles related to development. Fellows gain analytical tools for the study of economic policies and problems in developing countries.
  • Applied Development Economics uses macroeconomic and microeconomic principles to analyze development challenges and issues. Fellows learn how to use a range of techniques to analyze different development problems.
  • Empirical Analysis for Development provides an introduction to basic concepts of quantitative and empirical analysis and enables fellows to read and assess the quality of the empirical data and results that are used in reports. Fellows learn basic applied tools using statistical software.
  • Economic Growth and Development examines the basic principles and policy issues in the study of economic growth and development. Fellows learn about the roles of various sectors in explaining patterns and causes of variations in countries' growth and development performance.



Focus on the Faculty: Dr. Cory Krupp on the Importance of Economic Foundations for Development






*To qualify for the one-year degree program, a minimum of one year of previous graduate-level coursework and a strong academic background in market-based economics is required.

**If you are currently a graduate student in another department with an interest or focus in international development policy, we encourage you to review information about our concurrent graduate International Development Policy Certificate.