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.

Overview of Program Offerings



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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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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The Master of Public Affairs degree (15 or 18 months) 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 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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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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Much Appreciation

"I appreciate Sanford’s 'policy-generalist' approach. I can explore multiple policy fields through my coursework, events, and networking.  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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