Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Development Practice and Policy

Acquire the skills to shape international development and trade policy, and lead social change.

Development Practice and Policy - One Program, Two Degree Options

The DPP Program prepares students for global careers in leading social change and sustainable development; creating prosperity through trade and investment flows; designing, implementing and analyzing better public policies; and promoting human rights and social justice.

International Policy
Public Administration

The MA in International Policy and Development - the "policy" component of DPP - is for students seeking careers in:

  • Policy Research and Analysis
  • Policy Formulation
  • Human Rights and Security
  • Conflict Resolution and Mitigation

The program emphasizes the tools and skills critical to policy careers.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) - the "practice" component of DPP - is for students seeking careers in:

  • Social Change
  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Human Rights Development
  • Capacity Development

The program focuses on the tools needed for leading social change organizations.

The two degree programs share an emphasis on immersive learning, curriculum flexibility, teamwork, and strong engagement between theory and practice. Students work frequently on real-world and timely problems with external clients and learning partners, both within specific classes and through semester-long internships.

About Our Faculty

Most DPP courses are taught by faculty who are either current policy and development practitioners or who have worked in the field for substantial periods before coming to the Institute. Many continue to consult with real-world clients while they teach, bringing up-to-the-minute current issues and challenges from these relationships into the classroom. Students have the opportunity to take advantage of these established connections with government, businesses, and world-renowned organizations to build a professional network and launch a global career in public policy or international development.