About Us

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Passionate Changemakers

Our students and alumni are passionate change-makers, using the skills they learned here to make a difference.

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Premier Faculty

Our multi-disciplinary faculty includes former policy-makers and noted scholars. Their research addresses some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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Fantastic Location

 Durham, NC is a top 10 place to live and has been named America’s Foodiest Small Town

Program Accolades

Master of Public Policy

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Highlights 

  • Complete your degree in two years
  • 65+ students per cohort
  • Tuition fellowships via AmeriCorps, City Year, Peace Corps, Teach for America, and Yellow Ribbon
  • 26 centers and programs across the university are led by Sanford faculty
  • 6 Dual Degrees – MPP + Business, Data Science, Divinity, Environment, Law or Medicine
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Graduate rankings 2024-2025

 

Master of National Security Policy

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Highlights

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Flexible Hybrid Program

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GI Bill Eligible

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World-class Faculty


 

Master of International Development Policy

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Highlights

  • Complete your degree in one or two years
  • 7 focus areas - Applied Economics, Development Management & Governance, Environmental Management & Policy, Law & Development, Peace & Conflict Resolution, Social Policy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 
  • 9 certificates available
  • Partnerships with Oxfam America, Peace Corps, World Bank and more
  • Home of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center
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Duke University

Duke is #7 in U.S. universities, and #20 in World University Rankings.

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40 fellows per cohort

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Alumni in 100 countries


 

International Master of Environmental Policy

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Highlights

  • 2-year program, in English, based at Duke’s 200-acre LEED-certified green campus in Kunshan, China
  • Degree offered in partnership with Duke Nicholas School of the Environment
  • One semester at Duke University campus in Durham, NC
  • Networking and internships in China and U.S.
  • Work closely with the Environmental Research Center at Duke Kunshan University
  • Generous merit and need-based scholarships
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Environmental Policy

U.S. News and World Report

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Based at Duke Kunshan, China

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Nicholas School

Program is in partnership with the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University


 

Doctoral Program

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Highlights

  • 6-8 candidates matriculate each year
  • Focus on one of these areas: social policy, global policy, health policy, environmental policy
  • Personalized advising
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Job Placement

100% job placement rate.

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40 World-Class Faculty Advisors

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100+ Alumni


 

Undergraduate Program

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Highlights

  • 2 certificates offered - child policy and health policy
  • Study in Washington, DC or Glasgow
  • Assistance landing prestigious internships: The White House, U.S. State Dept., Congressional offices, WGBH, Microsoft and more
  • Special programs include the Hart Leadership program; Duke in DC; Duke’s Center for Politics (Polis); Duke Program in American Grand Strategy
  • Eligible for 4+1 Accelerated Master of Public Policy – complete both undergraduate and masters in 5 years
  • Minor: policy journalism/media studies is now a minor
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Best College for Public Policy

2020 Niche.com

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Top major at Duke

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Prestigious internships