Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

These specializations align with the skills that we know employers are looking for, our prospective students’ interests, and our faculty’s collective expertise. A specialization is required for the Master’s in International Policy and Development degree program but is optional for the Master of Public Administration. Students must declare their specialization no later than the end of their first semester.

Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security

  • Analyze trends and patterns in international migration, including human trafficking and associated challenges to human security
  • Understand the domestic and international regimes that manage migration flows
  • Learn to develop and advocate for policies to protect migrants’ rights and help them improve their social and economic conditions
  • Gain the professional skills to pursue careers in international organizations, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), advocacy groups, state agencies, and research institutes dealing with migration

Global Poverty and Inequality

  • Apply a range of tools from economics, international relations, data analysis, and political economy to address problems of poverty and inequality
  • Study various dimensions of poverty and inequality, including income, assets, gender, service access, and more
  • Design and evaluate regional and national policies, and explore issues calling for international cooperation and global governance initiatives
  • Engage in serious and sustained inquiry into the reasons for poverty across differing regions to develop plans to successfully address it
  • Gain the professional skills to pursue careers in the private sector, government, or NGO world doing consulting, program or project management, and research around the globe

Human Rights, Gender and Identity

  • Explore worldwide issues of human rights, women’s human rights, and identity, and how global agendas are implemented in diverse cultural contexts and integrated into development policies and practice
  • Examine topics such as women’s participation in decision making in post-conflict states, sexuality and violence against women, the role of men and masculinities, girls’ access to education, and advocacy for human rights
  • Learn how ethnic, religious, national, or gender identities are shaped by dominant power interests through everyday interactions, and how they play a role in conflict, and turning the other into an enemy
  • Gain the professional skills to pursue positions as gender analysts, project or program officers, and trainers, as well as policy analysts and researchers at international, national and local organizations, many of which now have departments or programs on promoting human rights/women’s human rights, social inclusion, and the integration of gender equity

Conflict Resolution and Social Justice

  • Explore how conflict interveners aim to minimize the destructive effects of conflict while using it as a vehicle for social change to transform relationships and oppressive structures
  • Learn to integrate theory, research, and practice through critical analysis, simulations, case studies and internships
  • Strengthen conflict resolution skills such as communication, listening, negotiation, mediation and dialogue
  • Reflect on personal ethics when dealing with pressing social challenges such as migration, refugees, poverty, insecurity, discrimination, human rights violations, and environmental crisis
  • Gain the professional skills to pursue jobs at the grassroots level (community organizations, NGOs), the institutional level (international NGOs, research organizations, think tanks), and policy institutions (UN, World Bank, other major international organizations)

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design

  • Learn the commonly applied techniques for determining the worth and value of initiatives at the policy, program, and project levels
  • Strengthen practical skills for designing, collecting, managing, analyzing, storing, disseminating, and curating data
  • Explore the analytical function of transforming information into data and data into actionable knowledge
  • Gain the professional skills to work as project, program, or policy evaluators and designers in a range of fields with nongovernmental organizations, governments, and UN agencies

Financial Crime Management

This 16-credit specialization is available to students in any degree program. It addresses the growing market need for professionals to prevent, detect, and manage illicit finance.

Intercultural Competence (ICC)

The 16-credit ICC specialization is available to students in any degree program. It equips students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to expertly lead and train multicultural teams, sensitively interact with diverse stakeholders, and create effective ICC assessments and training materials.