The Middlebury Institute’s Master of Arts in International Policy and Development (IPD) and Master in Public Administration (MPA) provide a diverse community of students with an in-depth knowledge of policy processes and systems in a variety of contexts. These learning goals are woven throughout your entire experience.

For IPD

Knowledge

  • Understand linkages among policy, programs, projects, and people (i.e., primary target groups, secondary target groups, and those affected by unintended consequences of policies)
  • Understand the intertwining roles of actors from government, the private sector, and civil society in solving complex challenges
  • Understand contested development paradigms, theories, and practices
  • Understand why wicked problems exist, obstacles to their solution, and the trade-offs embedded in proposed policy responses

Specific Abilities

  • Effectively engage in all facets of the policy process (i.e., problem definition, policy research, goal setting, policy option generation, preferred option selection, policy implementation, and policy evaluation)
  • Build networks and partnerships with diverse actors to meet policy-related goals and optimally address complex problems
  • Communicate and negotiate effectively with diverse, multicultural stakeholder groups to achieve policy-related goals
  • Appropriately use a variety of social science research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to inform policy-related decisions
  • Apply concepts and theories drawn from economics to policy-related decision making to lead individuals, teams, and social change organizations (SCOs)

General Skills

  • Systemic planning to achieve policy-related goals
  • Political and power analysis
  • Research using primary and secondary sources
  • Data generation and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Critical self-reflection
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Application of lessons learned and preferred professional practices to all facets of the policy process
  • Collaborative, productive engagement with colleagues and stakeholders

For MPA

Specific Abilities

  • Effectively lead individuals, teams, and social change organizations (SCOs)
  • Efficiently manage projects, programs, and organizations
  • Generate and manage human, financial, informational, and material resources
  • Develop organizational and individual capacities
  • Build networks and partnerships with diverse actors
  • Engage in productive collaboration
  • Assess or evaluate situations, problems, programs, projects, organizations, and partnerships
  • Translate mission into well-conceived, highly effective projects and programs
  • Communicate and negotiate effectively with diverse, multicultural stakeholder groups
  • Apply theory to practice and use practice to inform theory

General Skills

  • Systemic planning
  • Research, using primary and secondary sources
  • Data generation and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Critical self-reflection
  • Facilitation of groups
  • Policy analysis
  • Evidence-based, participatory decision making