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.
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.
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.
Upload your current CV or resume that contains a summary of your employment history, academic credentials, professional achievements and qualifications.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
Master of International Development Policy Program
Attn: Admissions Office, RH166
Duke Center for International Development
Durham, North Carolina USA 27708-0237
We strongly recommend that international applicants send transcripts by express mail (FedEx), to ensure delivery.
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.
Duke Center for International Development
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke Box 90237
201 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708