Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina, U.S., is a world-class academic institution and one of the top-ranked Universities in the United States and around the world.

1. Research and Teaching Excellence

In 2019, Duke was ranked #8 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report, #25 by worldwide QS Rankings, and #18 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is one of two graduate degrees offered by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. The Sanford School was recently ranked #5 in Policy Analysis in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Policy analysis is one of the school’s core strengths and an integral skill taught in the MIDP program. 


2. A Passionate Community

Inside Sanford's Graduate Programs

The Sanford School of Public Policy is a home for changemakers, visionaries, advocates, and leaders. All our graduate programs share one thing in common: we want to change the world for the better through public policy. The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program is aimed at mid-career professionals who are already working on some of the biggest challenges facing our globe. At Sanford, they work, learn, and socialize alongside students in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program and the International Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program. 

About Sanford's Dean Judith Kelley

Judith Kelley became the Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy in July 2018. Kelley, an expert on international relations, researches how international actors can promote democratic and human rights reforms. 

Dean Judith Kelley describes her inspiration and educational journey to the Sanford School of Public Policy.

3. A Beautiful Setting

With more than 200 buildings situated on 8,470 acres of land (of which 7,200 acres is forested) it’s easy to understand why, at its founding, Duke was deemed a “university in the forest.” The goals and principles of its master plan conserve natural areas and limit construction to maintain the natural environment surrounding the campus. Visit Duke and you will immediately feel immersed in a “Gothic Wonderland” within the forest. 

Beyond Duke:
Durham, NC "The Bull City"

Duke is located in the vibrant and exciting city of Durham, North Carolina. Affectionately known as “The Bull City,” Durham regularly tops travel and lifestyle lists for our fantastic food and nightlife, outdoor and recreational activities, and family-friendly amenities. Located within a few hours of New York City and Washington, DC but without the price tag, Durham is a wonderful place to call home. 

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