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. Both degrees are four-semester, 60-credit programs that include a final professional practicum.
Development Practice and Policy
The IPD and MPA degrees are part of our Development Practice and Policy program. They share a common faculty and core 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 third semester.
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 MPA and IPD students who request scholarship consideration in their online application. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.
If you qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships, please visit our tuition page for details on how your scholarship will be awarded.
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 highlights 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.
Career-Oriented Course Work
Our master’s curriculum is specifically designed to give you professional experience before you graduate so that you’re better prepared for your career. You will work closely with professors on real-world consulting projects and field projects.
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. Together with career advisors, they mentor each student to provide the academic and professional experience that will help them realize their career goals.
Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers opens up global career opportunities, so MPA and IPD students take several content courses in their chosen language of study and courses in intercultural competence.
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
- Intercultural Competence
- Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security
- Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design
Professional Practicum Options
Put theory into practice through a professional practicum in the field or a related research course: