Launch your career in international development


  • Learn from expert faculty—not teaching assistants—who have decades of experience in major international organizations, including the United Nations, USAID, and the State Department.
  • Benefit from access to our Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab for data analysis expertise and our Center for Conflict Studies.
  • Specialize in conflict resolution and social justice, evaluation and analytics, migration and global governance, financial crime management, or intercultural competence.
  • Leverage our extensive and influential alumni network in Washington, D.C., and other centers of foreign policy, global development, and international relations.
  • Take advantage of your guaranteed minimum $10,000 annual scholarship.

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Foreign Policy

Our Master of Arts (MA) in International Policy and Development is one of the best master’s programs for launching a career in international development. This four-semester, 60-credit degree is for people who want to resolve conflicts, address human rights abuses, and promote global development.

Learn to understand the linkages between foreign policy, development programs, and people, and the intertwining roles of actors from government, the private sector, and civil society in solving complex challenges. Effectively engage in all facets of the foreign policy process from problem definition, research, and goal setting, to policy implementation and evaluation.

You will work closely with professors who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience.​

Global Development

The Middlebury Institute’s MA in International Policy and Development and Master of Public Administration (MPA) are two separate but related degrees that will prepare you for careers in global development and social change.

The two degrees share a common faculty and core curriculum. The separate but related skill sets they represent reflect real-world collaboration and make for an effective model of communication between policy development and practice. You’ll have the flexibility to actively explore both degrees and then choose one to complete at the start of your third semester.

To complete your degree, you will pursue a career-oriented specialization and professional practicum in the field.

Why Study at the Middlebury Institute?

Advance Your Career

Your career and academic advising are integrated, so your courses will align with your career goals.

Gain Professional Experience

Be fully immersed in the field through real-world class projects, internships, and a professional practicum.

Build Global Proficiency

Take content courses in intercultural competence and a second language, expanding your career opportunities.

Learn Real Solutions for Today’s Development Challenges

Practical Skills for International Development

“Several courses each semester will require students to prepare a client deliverable. And therefore, students develop skills very quickly in how to communicate with the client: how to listen carefully, how to develop products that actually meet real client needs.” – Professor Beryl Levinger

Fieldwork: Put Theory into Practice

“At the Middlebury Institute, they ground everything in experiential learning. So we not only theorize about development, we are actually able to go in the field, work with a local client, and see what it is like to actually design programming to solve real issues.” – Castelline Tilus (student)