Complete the Duke MIDP by choosing either the traditional, two-year option or the accelerated, three-semester option. A certificate is available for professionals not seeking a master's degree.

Program Options

Program OptionCourses/Credit HoursProgram LengthInternshipMaster's Project

16 courses (48 credit hours):

  • 8 MIDP seminars
  • 8 electives 
Two academic yearsRequiredRequired

10 courses (30 credit hours):

  • 4 MIDP seminars
  • 6 electives 

Three semesters



  • Fall, Spring and Summer
  • Fall, Spring and Fall (Summer off)
Non-degree certificate

8 courses (24 credit hours):

  • 4 MIDP seminars
  • 4 electives 
One academic yearNot required Not required

Professional Work Experience Admissions Requirement

Program OptionProfessional Work Experience Admissions Requirement
TraditionalA minimum of five years

At least five years of professional experience plus the equivalent of one-year of previous graduate-level coursework. 

Concurrent Graduate Certificate

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

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