Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Optional Concentration Areas

Within either the Master of Public Administration or the Master’s in International Policy and Development degree programs, students have the option of participating in one of eight concentrations. Students must declare their concentration no later than the end of their first semester. These are the concentration areas and the courses associated with each.

Complexity and Systems Thinking

Complexity and Systems Thinking provides students with the skills for working with diverse stakeholder groups tackling difficult programs that involve uncertainty and emerging knowledge.

Sample course work includes:

  • Global Politics
  • Behavior Change Strategies for Public Health
  • Public Sector and Social Innovation
  • Systems Thinking
  • Organizational Sustainability
  • Global Economics and Environmental Governance
  • Advanced Evaluation
  • Power, Social Change, Organization
  • Applied Complexity Theory

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability is focused on environmental economics and the role of business in achieving environmental sustainability.

Sample course work includes:

  • Environmental Conflict Management
  • Global Economics and Environmental Governance
  • GIS: Geographic Information Systems
  • Business Models for Sustainable Development
  • Development Economics
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Costal and Ocean Resource Management

Gender, Power, and Identity

Gender, Power, and Identity examines the powerful elements of gender and sexuality along with the ways in which identities are shaped by dominant power interests through everyday interactions.

Sample course work includes:

  • Power, Social Change, Organization
  • Women’s Human Rights
  • Social Sector Needs Assessment
  • Communicating Social Change
  • Education and Development
  • Behavior Changing Strategies in Public Health
  • Power and Identity in a Multicultural World
  • Grassroots Leadership Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Water and Conflict
  • Women and War
  • Culture and Conflict

Human Rights and Advocacy

Human Rights and Policy Advocacy students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to pursue rights-based development in field projects as well as in policy-making bodies

Sample course work includes:

  • Global Politics
  • Rethinking Human Rights
  • Seminar in Human Rights Protection
  • Women’s Human Rights
  • Education and Development
  • Behavior Changing Strategies in Public Health
  • Water and Conflict
  • Global Economics and Environmental Governance
  • Conflict and Peacebuilding in Divided Societies
  • Armed Violence and Development

Human Security

Human Security is concerned with how to alleviate human suffering and reduce violence. It addresses humanitarian, economic, and social challenges that vulnerable populations face.

Sample course work includes:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Human Security
  • Conflict and Peacebuilding
  • Global Economics and Environmental Governance
  • Human Rights Protection
  • Education and Development
  • Behavior Changing Strategies in Public Health
  • Human Trafficking

Migration

Migration focuses on the interplay between migration and development. Students attain the skills needed to respond effectively to the social and economic opportunities—as well as challenges—faced by states that both send and receive migrants.

Sample course work includes:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Human Security
  • International Migration
  • U.S. Migration Policy in 21st century
  • Comparative Migration Analysis
  • Human Trafficking

Program and Policy Evaluation and Research Methods

Program and Policy Evaluation and Research Methods refers to the processes by which professionals design, collect, and analyze data in order to create actionable knowledge.

Sample course work includes:

  • Qualitative Data Analysis Mash-up
  • Advanced Evaluation
  • Network Analysis
  • Fieldwork and Reporting
  • Advanced Data Analysis
  • Advanced Topics in Policy Analysis
  • Consulting Skills
  • GIS: Geographic Information Systems
  • Fieldwork and Reporting
  • Process Consulting

Social Change Organizational Management and Leadership

Social Change Organizational Management and Leadership provides students with the skills they need to create hyper-performance organizations, coalitions, and networks that can successfully tackle the most pressing social problems of our time.

Sample course work includes:

  • Managing Public Organizations
  • Finance Function
  • Organizational Sustainability
  • International Organizations
  • Proposal Writing
  • Business Models for Social Change Organizations
  • Starting Your Own Social Change Organization
  • Advanced Social Change Leadership
  • Consulting Skills