Launch your career in social change


  • 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.
  • Engage in hands-on projects and fieldwork that may take you as far as Kenya or as close as the challenges of Salinas, California.
  • Benefit from access to our Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab for data analysis expertise and 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.
  • Take advantage of your guaranteed minimum $10,000 annual scholarship.

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Public Administration Graduate Program

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares you for careers in organizational development, management, leadership, fundraising, partnerships, program and project management, human resources, and more. This four-semester, 60-credit graduate degree is for people who want to lead teams, departments, or development organizations that work for social change, including NGOs, governments, and UN agencies around the world.

Learn to successfully lead individuals, teams, and social change organizations (SCOs) and to generate and manage human, financial, informational, and material resources. Develop the skills needed to build, assess, and evaluate development projects and programs, and to communicate and negotiate effectively with diverse stakeholder groups.

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

Development and Social Change

The Middlebury Institute’s MPA graduate program and MA in International Policy and Development 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.

Many of your public administration degree courses are built around consultancies with actual clients so you will have numerous practical opportunities to apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world. To complete your degree, you will pursue a professional practicum in the field.

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)