Master of Arts in International Policy and Development
Launch a career in development leveraging expertise in conflict transformation, migration, economics, data analysis, and program management.
Our Master of Arts in International Policy and Development (IPD) is specifically designed to give you real-world experience before you graduate, culminating in a semesterlong practicum working for an organization like the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, or a range of NGOs and private companies.
Fall or Spring
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Launch Your Career
Career and Academic Advising
We integrate your career and academic advising, making sure your coursework aligns with your career goals. The same advisor will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating new career opportunities.
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 practicum to showcase their relevant professional experience. They are thriving in careers at organizations like USAID, International Rescue Committee, and Deloitte. Explore careers.
One Year After Graduation
We prepare you for long-term professional success through courses in organizational development, leadership, and strategy. You will develop a well-rounded set of competencies in data analysis, development paradigms, economics, and more, enabling you to analyze, formulate, assess, and promote policies and solutions in areas such as migration, conflict, development, and global governance.
Local Meets Global
Your case studies, class projects, intercultural training, and language studies will enrich you with local, regional, and global contexts. 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 in person or remotely in the summer, spring, or fall semester. You can earn your degree in 12 consecutive months to accelerate your return to the workforce or in 16 months giving you the flexibility to gain more practical experience via summer internships.
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.
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.
The Digital Learning Commons is your campus hub for technology, creative problem solving, exploration, and peer-to-peer teaching and learning.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
More than 95 percent of students who request scholarship consideration receive institutional support. You may receive merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships and financial aid, which are available to both U.S. and international students.
The 12-month and 16-month options for this program allow you to get back into the workforce—earning a salary—faster and potentially save on housing costs.
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.