Our Joint MBA/MA in International Policy and Development can be taken as a four-semester program plus a summer capstone for 70 credits or a five-semester program for 80 credits.
|Start||Credits||Capstone Project||Language Competency|
|August||70 or 80||Required||Required|
Core Course Work
Business and Global Issues
Explore the interaction between business management and key global issues facing the world today. Faculty members coteach the first few weeks, and students are exposed to various concepts and methodologies, including perspectives on business and impact; a survey of pressing global issues; research development, design thinking, and lean start-up methodology; and strategy development.
Business Core (two-year MBA program only)
Courses provide a fundamental understanding of international business:
Global Business Strategies
MBA Track Courses
Choose one of three specializations to better align your degree with specific interests or career goals:
Resilient Business Management
Learn to confront issues arising from the increasingly uncertain boundaries of today’s business environment. Sample courses:
Global Marketing Management
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Risk Analysis
Topics in Supply Chain Management
Social Enterprise and Finance
Focus on the management and financing of businesses intended to deliver social or environmental bottom lines and operate beyond corporate social responsibility. Sample courses:
Building and Investing in Social Enterprises
Integrated Financial and Sustainability Reporting
Corporate Risk Management and Compliance
Focus on financial crime and fraud detection and prepare to sit for the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) exam and the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam, if you choose. Sample courses:
Anti-money Laundering, Sanctions, and Tax Compliance
Trade-Based Financial Crime
Financial Statement Fraud Detection
Fraud Risk Management
International Policy and Development Core
Course work that focuses on policy analysis, research design, and development paradigms. Students choose from each of the following areas:
Applied Social Science Research Methods
Introduction to Policy and Data Analysis (required)
Development Paradigms, Discourses, and Theories
Credits that focus on development, practice, and policy. Sample courses:
Politics of Development
Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Development, Theory, and Practice
Human Security and Development
Seminars and Applied Practice
Credits that focus on development knowledge and skills in relevant areas of policy careers. Sample courses:
Leading Social Change Organizations
Grassroots Leadership Development
Evaluation of Armed Violence Reduction Programs
Managing U.S.-Mexico Relations
China: Trade, Environment, Security, and Civil Society
Credits that integrate knowledge of economics and trade with business, policy, and development. Sample courses:
International Trade: Policy and Practice
Currencies, Capital Flows, and Financial Crises
Electives by advisement build on your expertise in areas that can benefit your career.
The MBA capstone is a semester-long for-credit project in addition to your course work. It is designed to help you synthesize classroom knowledge about business and global issues and apply your skills to serve a real-world client. Leveraging institutional partnerships, students choose between two approved capstone projects:
International Business Plan
Teams of students evaluate business opportunities and recommend strategic plans to client companies. You might develop a business plan for a start-up seeking venture capital, a small business that is scaling operations, or an established business expanding to new markets or pivoting in a new direction. With guidance from faculty and company representatives, your team will identify resources and opportunities, integrate your understanding of business principles, and confront a variety of practical problems. At the end of the semester, your team presents a detailed written business plan and multimedia presentation to the sponsoring company management team.
Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship and Research Project
Middlebury Institute’s Frontier Market Scouts program selects and trains professionals seeking careers in social enterprise management and impact investing. The program consists of a two-week certificate training followed by a two- to 12-month fellowship. To choose the fellowship program for your capstone requirement, you must first apply for admission to the program and then complete the fieldwork, including an impact research report.
Language and Intercultural Competence
Language and intercultural competence are central to all degree programs at the Institute. Courses taught in your chosen language combine language skills development with topics related to your degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses:
Arab-African Relations (in Arabic)
Citizenship, Security, and Development in Latin America (in Spanish)
Information Technology and Global Issues (in French)
Business Chinese (in Mandarin)
Intercultural Group Dynamics
Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings
Immersive learning through internships and/or study abroad provides opportunities for students to gain professional experience in management, business, international policy, and international development. Students often make connections that lead to jobs after graduation.
Additional Program Options
Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
Options for Peace Corps Service
Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.