Joint Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in International Policy and Development
Launch a management career leading the creation and implementation of policies that advance local and global development. Earn two master’s degrees in just four semesters.
Our joint MPA/MA in International Policy and Development (MPA/IPD) is specifically designed to give you real-world experience before you graduate, culminating in a semesterlong practicum, which can be an internship or field-based research project.
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60 -credit master’s
4 -semester program
Our integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum will prepare you to lead in local and global development. Build your expertise in:
Data analytics and qualitative research methods
Making decisions informed by sound financial analysis
Leading social change organizations
Designing, managing, and evaluating programs
International, regional, and local development theory and policy
Local grassroots development and organizing
Developing social change strategies
Designing and implementing applied research projects
Intercultural competence and a second language
Through electives, you will have the opportunity to take additional courses grouped around specific, high-demand, and transferable career competencies.
In your final semester, you will put theory into practice through a semester-long practicum working in the field. On-the-job supervisors and faculty mentors will work closely with you to make the practicum a bridge to full-time employment.
While other graduate schools rely on teaching assistants, our students collaborate closely with our faculty. They combine academic expertise with years of professional experience in major international organizations, including UNCHR (the UN Refugee Agency), USAID, the World Bank, and the U.S. State Department.
You can integrate Peace Corps service into your degree through our Options for Peace Corps Service, earning yourself a 50 percent tuition scholarship for your final semester.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
More than 95 percent of students who request scholarship consideration receive institutional support. You may receive merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships and financial aid, which are available to both U.S. and international students.
We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic background, international exposure, professional experience, and career goals. We welcome applicants with or without work experience, and our program has numerous opportunities for you to gain professional experience before you graduate. This approach aligns with the Institute’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs but competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions.