Concurrent International Development Policy (IDP) Certificate

Introducing the newly updated IDP Certificate! 

Entered Duke in Fall 2020 or later?

A total of 15 credits is required for completion. A minimum of 9 credits must be MIDP courses.

Starting in fall 2020, all new graduate and professional students will follow the updated 15-Credit Certificate program as outlined below. To earn the certificate, the following course requirements must be fulfilled prior to, or in conjunction with graduation from your degree program:

  • An international development economics course (3 credits) 
  • International development electives (12 credits) 

Entered Duke prior to Fall 2020?

A total of 12 credits is required for completion.

Students who entered Duke before fall 2020 will continue to follow the 12-credit certificate. No changes will be required. To earn the certificate, the following course requirements must be fulfilled prior to, or in conjunction with graduation from your degree program: 

  • Development Management Seminar (3 credits)
  • Development Economics Seminar (3 credits)
  • International Development Elective (6 credits)

How to Apply for the International Development Policy (IDP) Certificate

For those who entered Duke prior to Fall 2020, you must submit the 12-Credit IDP Certificate Application. Students enrolled in the Graduate School must also complete the Graduate Certificate Program Application as required by their home department and upload it to the Online IDP Certificate Application. 

For those who entered Duke in Fall 2020 or after, you must submit the 15-Credit IDP Certificate Application. Students enrolled in the Graduate School must also complete the Graduate Certificate Program Application as required by their home department and upload it to the Online IDP Certificate Application. 

Students who have completed the requirements without being officially enrolled in the certificate may have it added to their academic record in their final semester of study. Submission of either the 12-Credit IDP Certificate Completion Form or the 15-Credit IDP Certificate Completion Form is required. The Graduate School students must also complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Program Application as required by their home department. The deadline to submit this completion form and have the IDP Certificate added to a record for Fall graduates is October 1 of your final semester. The deadline to submit for Spring graduates is March 1 of your final semester.

Details and Current Course Offerings

For more detailed information about approved courses, the application process, and important deadlines please review the links below: 

15-Credit Certificate Program Guidelines (entered in fall 2020 or later)

12-Credit Certificate Program Guidelines (entered before fall 2020)

Important Note About Academic Records

Please note that once the certificate has been added to a student’s academic record, it cannot be removed. If a student fails to complete the requirements by the end of their graduation term, the certificate will appear as “discontinued” on the student’s academic record. 

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