The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke is among the nation’s leading public policy schools, offering undergraduate, master’s and doctoral-level degrees in public policy and international development policy.

Sanford offers a variety of professional master's programs to prepare students to respond to policy challenges in the world.

Overview of Program Offerings

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MPP

The 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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MIDP

The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program is a flexible interdisciplinary degree program focused on mid-career professionals who will dedicate their careers to policymaking and public service in developing countries.

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iMEP

The two-year international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program prepares students to become global leaders in environmental issues and policies. The Sanford School, in collaboration with the Nicholas School of the Environment, offers this master’s program at Duke Kunshan University.

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MNSP

The Master of National Security Policy program is for those working in national security – government, military, defense or consulting – to advance careers and skills in national security in just one year. Through the hybrid program, students can work while studying.

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"I appreciate Sanford’s policy generalist approach. I can explore multiple policy fields through my coursework, events, and networking. I appreciate that I can seek advice from individuals to inform my own career path post-graduation. I’ve especially enjoyed talking to and learning from peers with different work and education experiences."

– Tim Lindsey, Teach for America Alum, MPP’23

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