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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 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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Shrey Majmudar

He’s a “once in a generation talent.”

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Ysanne Spence

After graduation, Ysanne Spence PPS'22 plans to enact change in her home country of Jamaica.

2022 Graduation Stories

Alan Medina

 "I keep telling my friends and family that Sanford is the best school in the world."


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Rhea Ninan

Rhea Ninan  MPP'22  is committed to using public policy to elevate the standard of life for all.

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Faces@50 Alumni Profiles

What can you do with a degree in public policy? Find out! Explore stories from our '50 Years of Public Policy at Duke' celebration!

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Master's Programs

Explore our rigorous programs. We offer several areas of focus.

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Pursue your PhD with some of the most renowned researchers in the country.

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Executive Programs

Find programs for mid-career and senior-level professionals - policy/leadership focus.

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