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.

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 a concentration in International Tax and Public Financial Management as well as seven areas of focus to help guide your studies: 

  • Applied Economics
  • Development Management and Governance
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Law and Development
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Social Policy
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Before Betty Tushabe MIDP'16 came to Duke, she was an advisor in the office of the President of Rwanda. She decided to get a graduate degree specifically to learn more about how policy and law interact to drive international development, focusing on how legal and policy strategies can be used to help scale up small business enterprises.

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.

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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Meet MIDP Alum Francisco Jeria

Francisco Jeria MIDP '20 worked at the Ministry of Education in Chile for five years prior to coming to Sanford for an advanced degree.