We are pleased to offer a number of dual degrees. Select students can work towards two degrees at once! Pair your MPP with an MBA, MD, JD and more.

Graduates with dual degrees are prepared to take on a broad range of career opportunities.

Why consider a dual degree?

An MPP can give you the analytical and policy skills you need while you complete graduate study in an area you are passionate about, such as environmental science or entrepreneurship.

How long does a dual degree take?

The total time involved for a dual degree is longer than completing a single degree program. However, dual degrees often cost less time and money than completing two separate master's degree programs. 

How does it work?

Dual degree students complete MPP first-year courses and the summer internship, and then register for courses in Law, Business, Environment, Divinity or Medicine during their second year at Duke.

During the final year of study in the dual-degree programs, students will complete coursework, including a Master’s Project under the close supervision of a public policy faculty member. 

financial aid

Dual degree students are eligible to be reviewed for scholarships and fellowships. Please review each dual degree page below to view that program’s financial aid eligibility.


Program Options


MPP/MBA'22 Alumnus

"In this time with so much strife in our country. I think it's ever more important for us to really assert ourselves and to be leaders; to help solve these intractable problems. I feel like my time at Sanford has really equipped me to be able to do that." - Seve Gaskin MPP/MBA'22

Read Seve's story


With Duke's Fuqua School of Business & UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School

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With Duke University School of Medicine

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With Duke University School of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law

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With Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment

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With Duke Divinity School

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With the Hertie School, the University of Governance in Berlin.

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Typical Dual Degree Course Sequence

  • Policy Analysis I
  • Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Microeconomics I
  • Politics of the Policy Process or Globalization & Governance

 12-15 CREDITS

  • Policy Analysis II
  • Microeconomics II
  • Quantitative Evaluation Methods
  • One or two electives


An internship the summer after completing the first MPP year is required. Our Career Services staff will support you and help you find an internship that matches your interests.

After completing the first year and the summer internship, you'll register primarily for courses through the Law, Business, Environment, or Medical School. During the final year of study, students register with Sanford for three or four courses, two of which focus on a Master’s Project which is completed under the supervision of a public policy faculty member.

  • Master's Project I (3 credits)
  • 1 public policy elective (3 credits)


Master's Project II (3 credits)

  • 1 public policy elective (3 credits; if not taken in spring of the first MPP year)


Separate applications are required for each program. You'll need to submit evaluation forms, transcripts and test scores to each program. You may use the same recommendation for both applications, but the forms themselves must be submitted independently.


Brittany Long MPP/MDiv'24

Student Story: Brittany Long

Brittany Long is pursuing a master's degree in divinity and one in public policy.  Brittany is in the Army Reserve and aims to be an Army chaplain. 

As a chaplain, she hopes to "give a listening ear to leaders who are making decisions on things that happen in real time, and often what they do becomes policy. I want to offer ethical insight to the people that I'm speaking with, so I came to Sanford to understand how policy functions."


Student Handbook

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