Below you will find helpful information about each part of the application process. Please note that there is no separate application required for financial aid consideration: your online application doubles as the application for admission and the application for financial aid consideration. 


Duke’s online application system is called Slate. Complete the online application for the MIDP program.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for Spring admission is October 1. In order to process the required visa paperwork, all applications should be submitted by October 1.

The priority deadline for fall is January 5. Applicants who apply by this date will be considered for merit based, departmental tuition waiver scholarships. After January 5, MIDP will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis, based on applicant qualifications and space available until May 31. We encourage all candidates to apply as early as possible.

Application Fee

The application fee is $80. We accept payment by Visa or MasterCard (debit/credit). Note: We do not review applications until we have processed the application fee.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume

Upload your current CV or resume that contains a summary of your employment history, academic credentials, professional achievements and qualifications.

Financial Support

International applicants must apply to at least two funding sources to be eligible for MIDP scholarships. Please provide a list of funding organizations to which you have applied or plan to apply for financial support. For each organization, please include the name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number and fax number. If your funding is confirmed, include official proof of financial support. Please refer to our financial aid page.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required in support of your application. The letters must be submitted electronically via the online application. You will be required to enter the contact information of your recommenders (including email address), and the recommenders will, in turn, be sent a link from which they can access the online recommendation form, fill it out and upload a letter in support of your application.

Please request letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references who are best qualified to testify to your potential and skills in the field.

Personal Video (optional)

Applicants are asked to prepare a short video (one-minute maximum) to inform the admissions committee who you are and what development means to you. 

Standardized Tests

Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.

Applicants whose first language is not English who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents must submit TOEFL, PTE, Duolingo or IELTS scores (not older than two years).

Statement of Purpose

In your personal statement, please describe why you are interested in this program; how you expect the program to benefit you and your home country or region; how aspects of your professional, academic, and personal experiences have shaped you; and your professional goals upon graduation. Please limit the statement to one page.


Prior to submitting your application, you are required to upload one copy of your scanned unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended. We can review your application with the unofficial transcript(s); however, official transcript(s) are required for full admission to the program. Please note that non-legible scans will not be accepted. Make sure your scanned documents are readable before uploading, as non-legible documents will result in delays.

Important guidelines for uploading transcripts:

Mailing Official Transcripts

If you are recommended for admissions by the Admissions Committee you will be required to provide official copies of your transcripts at that time. Official transcript(s) with degree posted from all institutions you have attended is required for admission to our program. To be considered an official transcript, the document(s) must contain the institution’s stamp or some other form of certification that clearly indicates authenticity. If your institution does not make a practice of sending original transcripts, copies of the original documents that have been certified by the issuing institution may be accepted.
Non-English transcripts must be translated by an official translator and bearing the insignia and signature of that translator.
Official transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes, issued by the institution, and submitted via mail to the following address:

Master of International Development Policy Program
Attn: Admissions Office, RH166
Duke Center for International Development
Box 90237
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina USA 27708-0237

We strongly recommend that international applicants send transcripts by express mail (FedEx), to ensure delivery.  


A Note for International Applicants

The term “transcript” may not be a familiar term to some applicants. In the U.S., a transcript includes the following information:
  • Your name
  • The institution’s name
  • The dates you attended the institution
  • The titles of the specific courses or subjects in which you were enrolled
  • The number of hours of instruction involved in each course or subject
  • The grade, mark or some other form of evaluation you received for each course or subject
  • Any degree, diploma or certificate awarded for completion of your studies


Non-English transcripts must be translated by an official translator and bearing the insignia and signature of that translator

If the grading scale of your institution is different from the 4.0 grading scale used at US institutions, you will be asked to complete an International Transcript Evalulation Form, one for each international institution you have attended. 

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You can email the MIDP team here:

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