Launch your career in social change

  • Complete your degree in as little as 12 months.
  • Develop expertise in designing and managing local and global development initiatives that address critical issues like poverty, disaster relief, education, and health.
  • 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 Center for Conflict Studies.
  • Leverage our extensive and influential alumni network in Washington, D.C., and other centers of foreign policy, global development, and international relations.

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MPA in Social Change

Launch a career designing and managing local and global development initiatives that address critical issues where social change is sorely needed. Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Social Change is a 42-credit program that can be completed in 12 months or 16 months. You may take courses in person at our Monterey, California campus or online.

Your classes will often feature work with real clients, allowing you to develop practical skills before you graduate. Your case studies, class projects, intercultural training, and language studies will enrich you with local, regional, and global contexts.

Experiential Learning

We prepare you for long-term professional success through courses in organizational development, leadership, and strategy. You will gain real-world experience through your final semester practicum working for an organization like the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, or a range of NGOs and private companies.

You will learn to effectively engage in all facets of the policy process by engaging in intimate discussions, hands-on projects, and fieldwork that may take you as far as Kenya or as close as the challenges in central California.

Why Study at the Middlebury Institute?

Advance Your Career

Your career and academic advising are integrated, so your degree 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 Social Challenges

Practical Skills for Social Change

“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)