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International Taxation Program

International Taxation Program

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Advanced training in tax is more important than ever, as governments must increasingly address tax-related issues in the context of a global economy. The International Taxation specialization within the MIDP program is designed to develop the analytical skills in economics, law and administration needed to initiate and implement successful tax reforms throughout the world.


Offered in collaboration with the Duke Law School, the International Taxation program enables leaders in taxation - whether in ministries of finance and planning, regional and local governments, or revenue agencies - to develop the analytical skills and experience to improve tax policy, legislation and administration in a changing global environment.


Curriculum and Courses

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Del Francis Wreh International Taxation

Del-Francis Wreh, MIDP 2015

ITP Program graduate urges Liberia to reduce revenue losses by better controlling import tax exemptions.

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Fellows focusing on International Taxation will take core courses in public finance, comparative tax policy and administration, sales tax/VAT law, federal income tax law, economic principles and analytical methods of taxation, along with required courses covering policy analysis, applied development economics, and preparation of a master's project. In addition, a range of elective courses is available depending on specific interest and length of program undertaken. Learn more about the ITP curriculum or see a list of courses.


Dr. GP Shukla of DCID and Richard Schmalbeck of the Duke Law School co-direct the International Taxation specialization within the MIDP.

The faculty have extensive experience as short-term advisors, long-term resident advisors and government officials in a wide range of taxation reforms in more than 30 countries.

The Oliver Oldman Memorial Scholarship

DCID established the Oliver Oldman Memorial Scholarship in 2009-10 to honor Professor Oliver Oldman, who directed and nurtured the International Taxation Program while it was hosted by Harvard Law School. The scholarship has now been expanded to support up to eight fellows per academic year who enroll in the MIDP with a specialization in international taxation and/or public financial management. The scholarship covers between 25 and 100 percent of the cost of tuition. Fees, health insurance and living expenses are not included. Learn more about the scholarship.


Note: The Master of International Development Policy program offers two optional specializations in International Taxation (ITP) and Public Financial Management (PFM). You must indicate your intent to apply to the ITP or PFM within the general MIDP application.