Admissions

The MIDP is a mid-career program. As such, applicants must have a minimum of three years of work experience and demonstrate an increase in responsibilities over time. Development-related experience is preferred. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 US GPA (or equivalent) in college-level coursework and hold a bachelor’s degree. Prior coursework in economics and statistics is an advantage. Applicants to the one-year program must have at least five years of work experience and previous graduate-level training. The following items are required for application:

  • an electronic application form, available online at dcid.sanford.duke.edu/midp/admissions;

  • official transcripts from all institutions of higher education detailing the courses taken, grades or marks earned, the dates attended, and the degree conferred;

  • a statement of purpose, limited to one page (describe why you are interested in the MIDP; how you expect the program to benefit you and your home country or region; how aspects of your professional, academic, and personal experiences have shaped you; and your professional goals upon graduation);

  • a personal video, limited to one minute (prepare a short video to inform the admissions committee who you are and what development means to you);

  • three letters of recommendation (online submission required);

  • an official IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, or Duolingo score (required for citizens of non-native English-speaking countries). Minimum required scores can be found on the MIDP website;

  • a recent curriculum vitae or résumé;

  • $80 application fee, payable via credit or debit card; and

  • a list of funding sources to which the student plans to apply.

Notes on Application Materials

  • Returned Peace Corps volunteers applying through the Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program must also submit a copy of their Description of Service.

  • The GRE and GMAT are not required for application.

  • All of the above documents may be uploaded to the online application, with the exception of the official transcripts.

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all program spaces are filled.

  • Applications for the spring term are limited to applicants applying through approved sponsor partnerships.

Deferrals

Deferrals (to defer an offer of admission to a subsequent academic term or year) are allowed for up to two years and must be approved by the MIDP director of admissions.