Be an effective leader in international development and social change.
Students in our IPD and MPA degree programs share a common faculty and the same core courses. This distinct advantage gives you exposure to both disciplines of practice and policy and allows you the flexibility to align your studies with your career goals.
Both degrees are four-semester, 60-credit programs that include a final professional practicum—your hands-on, immersive opportunity to put theory into practice with a client in the field. You can choose a specialization to align with your interests (required for IPD students and optional for MPA students; see more below.) Students also take courses taught in their chosen language of study and can choose to take classes that build intercultural competence. See the curriculum for more details.
The curriculum for each degree is based on distinct Learning Goals that provide students with an in-depth knowledge of policy processes and systems in a variety of contexts.
Peace Corps Connections
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
Interested students can integrate Options for Peace Corps Service into their degree.
Joint Degree Options
The Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management is a five-semester, 70-credit program that offers a multidisciplinary approach to education as a tool for development.
The Joint MPA/Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy is a five-semester, 76-credit program that offers a multidisciplinary approach to trade and management agendas in order to achieve breakthroughs on both fronts.
The Joint IPD/Master of Arts in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy is a five-semester, 70-credit program that offers a multidisciplinary approach to international development and practical global trade.
Careers and Internships
Our graduates work with some of the most prestigious organizations around the world. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.
Tuition and Fees
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all MPA and IPD students joining our community in 2019. Applicants who qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships are awarded a combination of scholarships with a total combined value up to 40 percent of tuition.
You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.
Visit our Admissions site for detailed information about tuition and fees.