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Master of International Development Policy Program

Master of International Development Policy

The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is a unique, flexible interdisciplinary degree program that trains mid-career professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in and for developing countries.

The mission of the master’s program in international development policy is to provide top-quality, personalized education targeted to students’ international development policy goals and interests. The program equips graduates to make contributions to social, political and economic development efforts worldwide.

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 two optional specializations in International Taxation (ITP) and Public Financial Management (PFM) as well as six optional concentrations to help you focus your studies:

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

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  • Betty Tushabe

    Why choose MIDP?

    Before Betty Tushabe MIDP'16 came to Duke, she was an advisor in the office of the President of Rwanda. She decided to get a graduate degree specifically to learn more about how policy and law interact to drive international development. "My thesis is on financial inclusion for women," she said, noting that many women operate micro- and small businesses. Betty focused her research on how legal and policy strategies can be used to help scale up small business enterprise.

As an MIDP fellow, you will enjoy personalized career advising and professional development services. The Duke Center for International Development at the Sanford School is dedicated to supporting fellows as they refine their professional skills, connect with colleagues and organizations that will enhance their professional network, and apply their creativity and passion to the most pressing needs of their country or region.

Should you attend the program, you will become part of a network of MIDP alumni in more than 65 countries, working with international development agencies, in the private sector, or as government and NGO leaders to advance the field of sustainable international development.

Learn more about the MIDP Program and the Duke Center for International Development at the Sanford School of Public Policy.


Student Spotlight

Rajiv Jalota MIDP'05 says when he arrived at Duke from India, he was quite experienced in public policy. Even so, he found the program to be revealing. "Going into the basics of public policy-making, that really opened my eyes to evidence-based decision making," he said.

Jalota is now is sales tax commissioner for the Government of Maharashtra in India. He traveled to the U.S. in 2016  to see his daughter Suhani graduate from Duke with a degree in economics and global health.