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 seven areas of focus to help guide your studies: 

  • Applied Economics
  • Development Management and Governance
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Social Policy
  • 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.


flexibility has been a gift

“I was able to take classes in public policy, in women, gender, sexuality and global health. That flexibility has been a gift.” - Philile Shongwe MIDP’22.

During her master's program Philile started an organization that advocates for healthy sexual choices for young women in her home country, the Kingdom of Eswatini in southern Africa.

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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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