A Master in International Development Policy gives the next generation of international development leaders the skills they need to change the world.
The Master in International Development Policy (MIDP) degree equips students with essential technical and analytical skills necessary to make a positive difference in the world while delivering expertise in the politics, management, and ethics of development.
Our students recognize that well-designed government policies and development programs can be powerful instruments for improving public welfare, but that without a proper understanding of the economic and institutional context, efforts can be misdirected and even counterproductive.
The MIDP is an advanced degree. Two years of relevant post-graduate professional experience is required.
RIGOROUS, MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM
The MIDP program delivers skills in evidence-based policymaking within an economics-centered multidisciplinary curriculum. Students emerge from this program with an advanced understanding of rigorous impact evaluation techniques.
GLOBAL HUB OF DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Our curriculum capitalizes on our location in Washington, DC, the global hub of international development policy and practice by emphasizing student participation in program-relevant events hosted by like-minded development institutions.
Our students learn from a vibrant and engaged community of policy scholars and A Master in International Development Policy gives the next generation of international development leaders the skills they need to change the world. practitioners who regularly advise governments, bi- and multilateral development agencies, and NGOs on policies and programs aimed at promoting economic development and providing social and environmental protection.
Every fall, the MIDP welcomes a young, experienced, and dynamic cohort of students, each with diverse interests and experiences, creating a rich learning environment for students to learn from each other.
A NETWORK OF LEADERS
MIDP graduates join the Georgetown alumni network, one of the strongest and most engaged in the world. Past graduates serve in top positions in the public, private, nonprofit, and multilateral sectors around the world and represent a valuable resource for each new cohort of incoming students.
The MIDP program is a full-time, two-year program. The curriculum is divided into:
- 12 core courses,
- 4 elective courses,
- A program-relevant professional placement,
- Client capstone project.
The summer professional placement either in Washington, DC or in the field is required, to build on coursework with practical experience.
Admissions Events & Visits
Join us online or in-person throughout the year for a comprehensive overview of our programs and answers to your questions. Sessions will also discuss the admissions process and requirements.
- Ask Us Remotely. Please join McCourt School staff and students in an Online Chat where you can get answers to your questions on academic affairs, admissions, career services, student life, and more.
- On-Campus Information Sessions. The McCourt School holds several on-campus information sessions each fall and spring for prospective students to learn more about our programs.
- Prospective Student Day. Each Fall, McCourt hosts a Prospective Student Day during which applicants have the opportunity to attend classes and sit in on panels with faculty, current students, and staff.
- Graduate Fairs. McCourt will be hosting tables at a number of Graduate Fairs across the United States.
- Alumni and Applicant Receptions. Meet McCourt representatives in your area! McCourt will be hosting Alumni and Applicant Receptions in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.
- Schedule an Individual Visit. If these events do not fit your schedule, we also welcome individual visits.
Further Your Policy Expertise
Students may choose to expand on the analytical skills they attain in their core coursework by focusing their elective coursework in policy areas, such as:
- Environmental Protection
- Social Protection