2024 Commencement

Sanford Leadership Award

Chloe Nguyen PPS'24 is passionate about understanding the psychological drivers of intergroup conflict like political polarization and developing interventions to address them. She is one of two winners of the prestigious Terry Sanford Leadership Award.

2024 Commencement

Why Public Policy Matters

Members of the 2024 graduating class of graduate programs at the Sanford School of Public Policy explain why public policy matters.


2024 Commencement

Sanford Leadership Award

At first, Grace Endrud PPS'24 didn’t see herself as a leader; she focused on her work in the classroom. But when she applied for Duke’s Nakayama Public Service Scholars program, something clicked. She is one of two winners of the prestigious Terry Sanford Leadership Award.

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The Sanford School of Public Policy is a vibrant, dynamic community of thinkers and doers who are dedicated to leaving the world a better place.

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Our two-year, professional Master of Public Policy (MPP) program offers students outstanding preparation for dynamic careers as analysts, leaders and managers at various levels of government, nonprofits and corporations – both domestically and internationally.

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The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is a flexible interdisciplinary degree program focused on early to mid-career professionals who will dedicate their careers to policymaking and public service in developing countries. The program is run by the renowned Duke Sanford Center for International Development.

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The four-semester, 16-course international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) is an international program that is designed to meet the growing global need for leaders who are versed in both Chinese and international environmental issues and policies. It is based at Duke Kunshan (China). Many students spend a semester at Duke's campus in Durham, NC and take classes at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

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The Master of National Security Policy program is a one-year program for those working in national security – government, military, defense or consulting  – to help advance your career and skills. Achieve your ambitions in just one year while continuing to work. The program is for those currently working in national security who have at least seven years of work experience.

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The Duke MPA will prepare you for leadership positions within an organization. It can also help mid-career professionals in other fields transition into a rewarding career in public affairs.

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The PhD in Public Policy at Duke University enables students to collaborate with Duke’s top-rated faculty in public policy and with Duke’s departments of economics, political science and sociology. Most students pursue research with the goal of working in domestic and international public agencies, research organizations and policy consulting firms. Others seek academic positions in public policy, public administration and policy-oriented schools. 

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Executive education programs are for mid-career and senior-level professionals to enhance their skills on timely topics related to behavioral economics, cybersecurity leadership, corporate social responsibility and more. Open enrollment and custom programs for organizations are available.

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MPP Student Story

Reylan Cook MPP'25 has a deep passion for social and health policy. Her family has worked in the agricultural space for three generations in South Carolina. She decided to come to graduate school after attending the University of South Carolina and serving in an AmeriCorps program where she created a campus food pantry. Watch Reylan's story.

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