Bring positive change to some of today’s most critical social problems—hunger, poverty, conflict, and human rights abuses.
The Middlebury Institute's Master of Arts in International Policy and Development (IPD) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) are two separate but closely related degrees that will prepare you for worldwide careers in the growing fields of development practice and policy. Learn to research and create effective policy responses to the world’s most pressing problems, and to lead project teams, departments, or organizations that work for social change.
Development Practice and Policy
The IPD and MPA degrees are part of our Development Practice and Policy program. They share a common faculty and curriculum with a specific focus on international development practice and policy. These separate but related skill sets reflect real-world collaboration and make for a more effective model of communication between policy development and practice. You'll have the flexibility to actively explore both degree areas and then choose one to complete at the start of your final semester.
Both programs include core course work, areas of specialization, and a professional practicum. Improving language and intercultural competence are central to all degree programs at the Institute, and students take courses taught in their chosen language of study.
Guaranteed $10K Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per-year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all IPD and MPA students joining our community in 2019. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application or financial situation.
The D.C. Advantage
Many of our students are planning to work in Washington, D.C., after they graduate. Our large and influential alumni network in the capital highlight how well we prepare you for this step. Dr. Beryl Levinger, chair of the International Policy and Development and MPA degrees, explains why the Middlebury Institute is an excellent place to launch your career, whether your path leads to D.C. or another center of international activity. Watch the video.
Professional Practicum Options
Put theory into practice through a professional practicum in the field or a related research course:
- Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation Plus
- Frontier Market Scouts
- Independent Practicum
- International Professional Service Semester
- Practicum Project Seminar
Students choose one of the following seven specializations (required for IPD students and optional for MPA students). See curriculum for details.
- Conflict Resolution and Social Justice
- Financial Crime Management
- Global Poverty and Inequality
- Human Rights, Gender, and Identity
- Intercultural Competence
- Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security
- Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design