Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Joint BA/MA in International Policy and Development is a six-semester program for 150 credits (which includes 60 credits transferred from an accredited college or university). The course work prepares graduates to develop solutions to international policy and development challenges and bridge the gaps between policy and practice. Students choose one of eight required concentrations as part of their degree.

Duration Start Dates Credits Thesis or
Three years, full time August or January 150 Practicum Required Beryl Levinger, PhD

Sample course schedule »

Transfer Credits

Upon matriculating, BA/MA students are required to transfer 60 credit hours with grades of B or above that cover the following requirements:

1. Composition (3 credits)
2. Math (3 credits)
3. Four courses from at least two of the following: (12 credits)

  • Physical and Biological Sciences
  • Social Science
  • Arts/Humanities

4. Language Semester 1 (at least 3 semester credits)
5. Language Semester 2 (at least 3 semester credits)
6. Electives (as needed to reach 60 semester credits total)

1. Economics Core

Credits that provide a fundamental understanding of international economics. Sample courses:

  • Currencies, Capital Flows, and Financial Crises
  • International Trade: Policy and Practice
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

2. Applied Social Science Research Methods Core

Credits that focus on social science research. Sample courses:

Introduction to Policy and Data Analysis (required) AND one of the following:

  • Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • Leading Capacity Development
  • Fieldwork and Reporting
  • Field Methods

3. Development Paradigms, Discourses, and Theories Core

Credits that focus on development practice and policy. Sample courses:

  • Politics of Development
  • Introduction to Conflict Resolution
  • Development, Theory, and Practice
  • Power, Social Change, and Organizations

4. Seminars and Applied Practice Workshop

Research seminars and applied practice course work focused on development knowledge and skills in relevant areas of policy careers. Sample courses:

  • Seminar on Evaluation of Small Arms Reduction Programs
  • Seminar on Global Economics and Environmental Governance
  • Seminar on Trade and Development
  • Seminar on Human Rights Protection: Strategic Practices
  • Policy Writing
  • Comparative Business-Government Relations

5. Language and Intercultural Competency Core

Courses taught in the language of study combine language skills development with topics related to graduate degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competency offerings provide students with the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses:

  • Arab-African Relations (in Arabic)
  • Citizenship, Security, and Development in Latin America (in Spanish)
  • Challenges in Peace Building—Congo (in French)
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics
  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

6. Required Concentrations

Students must choose one of the following eight concentrations:

  • Complexity and Systems Thinking
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Gender, Power, Identity
  • Human Rights and Policy Advocacy
  • Human Security
  • Migration
  • Program and Policy Evaluation and Research
  • Social Change Organizational Management and Leadership

6. Electives

Electives by advisement build on your expertise in domains that will benefit your career.

7. Professional Practicum

Put theory into practice through a semester long practicum in the field or through a capstone research course. Sample capstone courses:

Internships/Study Abroad

We believe that gaining professional development experience during the course of your academic program is essential. Our students enjoy unique opportunities to build their resumes, expand their connections, and advance their international careers through our innovative real-world learning experiences.

Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Six Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Applied Social Science Research Methods 4
Economics 4
Development Paradigms, Discourses, Theories 4
Advanced Language Studies/ICCO 4
Spring 1 16 Credits
Economics 4
Concentration Courses/Electives 4
Seminar/Applied Practice/Workshop 4
Advanced Language Studies/ICCO 4
Fall 2 16 Credits
Seminar/Applied Practice Workshops 2
Advanced Language Studies/ICCO 4
Research Seminar 4
Concentration Courses/Electives 6
Spring 2 16 Credits
Concentration Courses/Electives 12
Language/ICCO 4
Fall 3 14 Credits
Concentration Courses/Electives 10
DPP Practicum 4
Spring 3 12 Credits
Concentration Courses/Electives 12


*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.