The Master of International Development Policy offers three program options: a traditional two-year program, an accelerated one-year program, and a non-degree certificate in International Development Policy.

The MIDP program is set apart by its interdisciplinary, flexible curriculum, which allows fellows to self-design a course of study. All fellows are required to take a set of core courses and can select additional courses from the MIDP program, the Sanford School of Public Policy, other schools across Duke, and nearby universities including NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. To help with the design of your curriculum, you may select an area of focus. Then, you are paired with an academic advisor who assists with course selection each semester.


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 qualify for the accelerated one-year degree program, a minimum of one year of previous graduate-level coursework and a strong academic background in market-based economics is required

**If you are currently a graduate student in another department with an interest or focus in international development policy, we encourage you to review information about our concurrent graduate International Development Policy Certificate

MIDP Core Courses

Policy Analysis for Development examines the role of policy analysis in solving important international development problems and hones the analytical and communication skills needed to undertake effective policy analysis.

Economic Foundations for Development provides an overview of microeconomic and macroeconomic principles related to development. Fellows gain analytical tools for the study of economic policies and problems in developing countries.

International Development (one of three economic development core courses) presents an economic analysis of policy issues in developing countries. Its main focus is on helping students understand both the sources of differences in the levels of development across countries and the likely impact of policies designed to foment growth and well-being. General aspects of theory and evidence on economic development are discussed from a policy-oriented perspective.

Empirical Analysis for Development (Statistics) provides an introduction to basic concepts of quantitative and empirical analysis and enables fellows to read and assess the quality of the empirical data and results that are used in reports. Fellows learn basic applied tools using statistical software.

Economic Growth and Development examines the basic principles and policy issues in the study of economic growth and development. Fellows learn about the roles of various sectors in explaining patterns and causes of variations in countries’ growth and development performance.

Rotary Peace Fellows Program Curriculum

Rotary Peace Fellows take additional core courses on conflict management, human rights and conflict, capacity development, and designing democracy. Fellows also complete cornerstone and capstone projects. The Rotary Peace Fellows program is a fully-funded, competitive scholarship program for graduate students. 

International Tax-Public Financial Management Program Curriculum

The International Tax and Public Financial Management Program (IT-PFM) curriculum takes an integrated approach across the key areas of policy and administration for public finance, taxation, budgeting and expenditure analysis.  Fellows enrolled in the IT-PFM program have a more structured curriculum but still have the opportunity to include relevant electives in their coursework.

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