The Duke Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is a self-designed, interdisciplinary degree that equips mid-career professionals from around the world with the analytical tools and technical expertise necessary to become global leaders in sustainable development efforts. The program is administered by the Duke Center for International Development (DCID), based in the Sanford School of Public Policy.


A Global Community

Small class sizes and face-to-face classroom experiences make it easy to connect with professors and peers while fostering an environment where everyone learns from each other. Our tight-knit community extends beyond the classroom, nurturing dialogue and lifelong friendships. After you graduate, you'll join a network of MIDP alumni in more than 100 countries.

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Bridging Global Research and Practice

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) serves as a bridge between traditional and applied policy research, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of development issues, as well as opportunities to conduct research with a faculty mentor and network with professionals and researchers.

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Self-Design A Curriculum

Design your own unique course of study, guided by your passions and career interests. In addition to the MIDP core courses and practicums, you may choose elective courses from the MIDP, Sanford School of Public Policy, and departments and schools across Duke. Our staff and faculty advisors will help you create a course plan.

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Earn your degree in two years or less

Take the next step in your journey towards becoming a more effective international development professional. Choose to complete the program following the traditional path (two years/48 credits) or the accelerated path (three semesters/30 credits).

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Ready for the next step?

Review our admissions information and begin your application today.

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