The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is a flexible interdisciplinary degree program focused on early to mid-career professionals who will dedicate their careers to policymaking and public service in developing countries.

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The Master of International Development Policy program at Duke is the most flexible program of its kind. The graduate degree is tailored to early and 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 UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University, two other world-class universities in the area. 

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 professional development advising. 

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Countries represented by MIDP alumni

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. 

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Optional areas of focus

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 100 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. 

Meet Our Director of Graduate Studies

In addition to her role as the Director of Graduate Studies for the MIDP program, Dr. Phyllis Pomerantz teaches graduate seminars on themes related to aid effectiveness, global poverty reduction, leadership, and governance.

Curriculum

ProgramClassesInternshipMaster’s ProjectLength
Two-year MIDP16 courses (48 credit hours): 8 MIDP seminars and 8 electivesRequiredRequiredTwo academic years
One-year MIDP*10 courses (30 credit hours): 4 MIDP seminars and 6 electivesOptionalRequiredOne academic year and one summer session
Non-degree certificate**8 courses (24 credit hours): 4 MIDP seminars and 4 electivesNot requiredNot requiredOne academic year

 

* To be eligible for the one-year degree, applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate-level coursework in a relevant field, and must also have an academic background in market-based economics with high grades/marks.

Two-Year MIDP

Credits: 48 credit hours

Internship: Required

Master’s Project: Required

Length: Two academic years

 

Accelerated One-Year MIDP*

Courses: 30 credit hours

Internship: Optional

Master’s Project: Required

Length: One academic year and one summer session

 

Non-degree Certificate

Courses: 24 credit hours

Internship: Not required

Master’s Project: Not required

Length: One academic year

 

*To be eligible for the one-year degree, applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate-level coursework in a relevant field, and must also have an academic background in market-based economics with high grades/marks.

Student Life and Engagement

Events and Speakers

Duke attracts high-profile speakers from around the world including Nobel laureates, international scholars, entrepreneurs, policy leaders, and government officials. In addition, the MIDP program brings practitioners-in-residence and other prominent guest speakers to campus to teach in classes, speak at brown bag lectures, and meet in small groups or individually with fellows. 

Student Organizations

Stories from Africa Seminar

There are many ways to follow your passions in the MIDP program and Sanford through our student-led organizations and affinity groups. MIDP fellows have joined groups focused on social entrepreneurship and innovation, women in policy, and Latin America, for example. Other fellows have contributed to the Sanford Journal of Public Policy and even Bass Connections projects that bring them together with students from across Duke. 

Social & Cultural Activities

Graduate students at Sanford collaborate in a joint social committee that organizes events throughout the year, including networking events, holiday parties, and potluck dinners. The MIDP program celebrates birthdays and our staff organize an annual Thanksgiving dinner for fellows and their families. Duke’s International House and other campus organizations celebrate important cultural and religious holidays, such as Holi and Eid al-Fitr. 

Admissions Requirements

  • A Four Year Undergraduate Degree
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Compelling Essays
  • Work Experience
  • Strong English Skills

What is the admissions process like?

Hear one fellow’s experience in her own words

betty tushabe

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 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

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