“Challenge yourself to think outside of the box and subvert your own expectations.” Cassandra Otero IPD ’20 gives advice to students as they consider future career goals.
Launch a career in international policy and global development leveraging expertise in conflict and migration, bolstered by widely transferable skills like data analysis and program management.
The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in International Policy and Development (IPD) is a 42-credit program that can be completed in 12 months or 16 months. It starts on our Monterey, California campus with options for a remote final semester for your practicum.
We offer fall and spring admission for this program.
Find out if IPD is right for you
Launch Your Career
Career and Academic Advising
Your career and academic advising are integrated, ensuring you align your coursework with your career goals. Our experienced advisors will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews, negotiating your employment offers, and managing your career.
Our large and influential alumni network in Washington, D.C., and other centers of international policy are eager to help you prepare for your next steps. Our Middlebury in DC office provides the entire Middlebury community with a wealth of resources. Furthermore, our annual Career Exploration Week in the nation’s capital gives you facilitated and direct access to D.C.-based employers and our alumni who help us to plan the event.
Our graduates are often hired before they complete their program, leveraging real-world projects from their classes, internships, and practica to showcase their relevant professional experience. They are thriving in careers at organizations like Human Rights Watch, International Organization for Migration, International Rescue Committee, and Oxfam. Explore careers in international policy and development.
You will take courses in data analysis, development paradigms, economics, and more. You will learn to effectively engage in all facets of the policy process by engaging in intimate discussions, hands-on projects, and fieldwork that may take you as far as Kenya or as close as the challenges in central California. Your classes will often feature work with real clients, allowing you to develop practical skills before you graduate. The final semester practicum can be completed remotely in the summer, spring, or fall semester giving you greater flexibility.
To open up your global career opportunities you can take content courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence.
Earn this 42-credit degree in 12 consecutive months to accelerate your return to the workforce or in 16 months giving you more flexibility to gain more practical experience via summer internships.
See the curriculum for more details.
Joint Master’s Degree
You can earn two master’s degrees in just four semesters and 60 credits. Craft a differentiated career at the intersection of policy, global development, and international trade.
Learn more about the Joint MA in International Policy and Development/MA in International Trade.
Customize Your Degree
The flexibility in our curriculum gives you opportunities to customize your degree through career-related electives, a professional practicum, internships, studying a second language and/or intercultural competence, joint degrees, optional specializations in financial crime management and other in-demand fields, and Peace Corps integrations.
Check out the program details for your options.
Faculty: Professors and Practitioners
While other graduate schools rely on teaching assistants, our students have direct access to our faculty, who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience in major international organizations, including UNCHR (the UN Refugee Agency), USAID, the World Bank, and the U.S. State Department.
Your professors are committed to your success and, together with your career and academic advisor, will become your mentors and colleagues throughout your career.
Research and Practice
Build valuable professional experience while earning your degree through our research centers, labs, and initiatives:
- The Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab addresses the growing need for data-savvy professionals across a broad range of fields.
- The Center for Conflict Studies focuses on the application of the right tools for conflict resolution and approaches conflicts as vehicles for change.
- The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies enables students with advanced Russian language skills to professionalize their interest in Russia and Eurasia.
- The Digital Learning Commons is your campus hub for technology, creative problem solving, exploration, and peer-to-peer teaching and learning.
Financing Your Education
We offer a variety of resources to make your program more affordable including merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships for both U.S. and international students. Your personal enrollment advisor is also available to help you think through financing this important investment in your career development.
The 12-month and 16-month options for this program allow you to get back into the workforce—earning a salary—faster and to potentially save on housing costs.
How to Apply
We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic background, international exposure, professional experience, and career goals. We welcome applicants with or without work experience, and our program has numerous opportunities for you to gain professional experience before you graduate. This approach aligns with the Institute’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs but competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions.
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