Master of International Development Policy Program (MIDP) at Duke University

Duke University
Masters (MIDP)

1 year, 2 years
Full time

Course description:

The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) at Duke University is a flexible interdisciplinary degree program targeted at early to mid-career professionals who will dedicate their careers to policymaking and public service in developing countries. An MIDP degree from Duke equips changemakers with the policy tools necessary to shape social, political and economic development efforts worldwide. Students can opt to take the accelerated 1-year full-time program or the 2-year full-time program. The 1-year MIDP takes 1 academic year plus 1 summer session.

Participants self-design their course of study, selecting from MIDP core seminars, elective courses from MIDP and departments across Duke University, and courses at other nearby universities. The MIDP program offers an optional specialization in International Taxation (ITP) and Public Financial Management (PFM) as well as 7 optional concentrations to help students focus their studies:

• Applied Economics
• Development Management and Governance
• Environmental Management and Policy
• Law and Development
• Peace and Conflict Resolution
• Social Policy
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must have a strong academic background that demonstrates the capability to successfully undertake rigorous graduate-level studies. They must have a 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent, as well as a professional background which shows an increase in responsibilities over time. It is preferred that candidates have development-related experience. For 2-year candidates, at least 3 years of experience is required. The accelerated 1-year program requires at least 5 years of experience, at least 1 year of graduate-level coursework and an academic background in market-based economics with high grades/marks.

Applicants must submit well-written essays which demonstrate a commitment to working in development and a deep awareness of development issues, and strong letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references, which speak in detail about the applicant’s potential and skills. As for English language requirements, in addition to taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam, Duke University requires all accepted applicants whose native language is not English to take both oral and written English assessments upon arrival at Duke.

All applicants whose first language is not English or who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores (not older than 2 years). International students must have a minimum of 90 on the TOEFL internet-based test, or a minimum overall band score of seven (7.0) on the IELTS,or a minimum of 64 for the PTE test. To be eligible for a waiver, you must have studied full-time for 2 years or more at a college or university where the sole language of instruction is English and in a country where English is the primary spoken language. The 2 years of study must be completed prior to application submission.


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