The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is a unique, flexible interdisciplinary degree program that trains mid-career professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in and for developing countries.

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Inside the MIDP Program

The mission of the master’s program in international development policy is to provide top-quality, personalized education targeted to students’ international development policy goals and interests. The program equips graduates to make contributions to social, political and economic development efforts worldwide.

Participants self-design their course of study, selecting from MIDP classes, Sanford and DevLab classes and departments across Duke University, as well as courses at other nearby universities. The MIDP program offers seven areas of focus to help guide your studies: 

  • Applied Development Economics
  • Institutions, Governance, and Organizations
  • Social Welfare and Policy
  • Environment and Energy Management and Policy
  • Global Health and Development
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Technology Policy and Development 
  • Private Sector and Development
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Duke Center for International Development

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID), a unit within Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, leads the MIDP program.


Seeking Impact

Jibikeoluwa Faborode MIDP ‘23 came to Durham from Nigeria with a goal of learning more about impact investing. As a Richard Peace Fellow, Jibikeoluwa took classes at Duke and UNC, and believes the time spent in the MIDP program will help her achieve her long-term goals. "I’ve built a network of people with similar interests who have only expanded what I believe is possible through social impact, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and investing," she says.  

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A Peace Builder at the United Nations

Bautista Logioco graduated in 2004 from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University with a Master of International Development (MIDP) degree. Since then he has had a variety of international roles at the United Nations, including the World Food Programme, UN Women, UN Development Program and more. He is currently a Senior Peacebuilding Consultant for the UN. Bautista says the MIDP program launched him on his career.

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Personalized Career Advising

As an MIDP fellow, you will enjoy personalized career advising and professional development services. The Duke Center for International Development at the Sanford School is dedicated to supporting fellows as they refine their professional skills, connect with colleagues and organizations that will enhance their professional network, and apply their creativity and passion to the most pressing needs of their country or region.

Should you attend the program, you will become part of a network of MIDP alumni in more than 100 countries, working with international development agencies, in the private sector, or as government and NGO leaders to advance the field of sustainable international development.

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