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Be an effective leader in international development and social change.

The Middlebury Institute MPA includes optional specializations and a professional practicum—a hands-on opportunity to apply what you’ve learned by working with international organizations and programs to help create positive social change in the world. Students take courses taught in their chosen language of study and can also choose to take classes that build intercultural competence. See the curriculum for more details.

Students in our MPA and Master of Arts in International Policy and Development degree programs share a common faculty and the same core courses. This gives students exposure to both disciplines and allows you the flexibility to align your studies with your career goals.

Professional Practicum

Put theory into practice through a professional practicum in the field or related research course, such as the following:

Specializations (Optional)

Students can choose one of the following seven optional specializations. See curriculum for details:

  • Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security

  • Global Poverty and Inequality

  • Human Rights, Gender, and Identity

  • Conflict Resolution and Social Justice

  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design

  • Financial Crime Management

  • Intercultural Competence

Peace Corps Connections

Joint Degree Options

Development Practice and Policy on the West Coast

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. Join Dr. Beryl Levinger, chair of Development and Practice Program, which includes the MPA and International Policy and Development degrees, as she 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.

Careers and Internships

Students gain professional experience through internships, prestigious fellowships, and other real-world, immersive programs.

Our graduates work within some of the most prestigious organizations around the world. Learn how they are thriving in their careers.

Tuition and Fees

Visit our Admissions site for detailed information about tuition and fees.