Learn about Sanford's 5 academic programs through the lens of our students. 

The Undergraduate Major

Public Policy is one of the top undergraduate majors at Duke University! Why? For Ysanne Spence, it's about enacting positive change in her home country, Jamaica.

Master of International Development Policy

What's it like to be a Master of International Developmental Policy candidate at Sanford? Meet Francisco Jeria, MIDP'20. Francisco came to Sanford with his wife and son from Chile.

PhD Program

Hear fourth-year PhD candidate Marayna Martinez talk about her experience at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Master of Public Policy

Listen to second-year MPP candidate Rhea Ninan talk about her experience at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

International Master of Environmental Policy

Yiren Wang iMEP'20, gives us a look into her life as an iMEP candidate. After graduation, she started working in the private sector in China to help control pollution.

Our Community


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"I have really enjoyed the BIPOC community and support network amongst my Sanford cohort and the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA). Particularly, I appreciate the spaces the Black women in my cohort at Sanford have created to support one another. We share resources, have organized hangouts, and encourage one another. I'm proud to be part of this group of emerging policy leaders."

- Aliaha Austin MPP’23



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