Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Master's in International Policy and Development is a four-semester, 60-credit program. The core course work prepares graduates to develop solutions to international policy and development challenges and bridge the gaps between policy and practice. Students are required to choose a specialization as part of their degree.

Duration Start Dates Accelerated Programs
Credits Thesis or Practicum Language Competency Program Chair
Two years, full time August or January Two or three Semesters 60 Practicum required Required Beryl Levinger, PhD

Sample course schedule »

Core Course Work

The core interdisciplinary course work and integrated professional experiences will prepare you to launch a career in public policy, foreign policy, and international development. View the degree requirements below:

1. Economics Core

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

  • 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 include:

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 include:

  • 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 include:

  • 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 include:

  • 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. 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 include:


Students are required to choose one of the following specializations:

  • Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security
  • Global Poverty and Inequality
  • Human Rights, Gender, and Identity
  • Conflict Resolution and Social Justice 
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design
  • Financial Crime Management
  • Intercultural Competence

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.

Program Options

In addition to the four-semester International Policy and Development program, you can also choose from the following options:

  • Joint MBA/MA in International Policy and Development
    Earn two degrees in five semesters: a MBA in Global Impact Management and a Master’s in International Policy and Development. This program has an integrated curriculum composed of core business course work, core course work in public policy and global development, and core integrated skills courses, plus electives and foreign language courses. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to policy and development within the context of international business.
  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program
    Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply.
  • Accelerated (three-semester) and Advanced (two-semester) Degrees
    Students with relevant master’s degrees may be eligible for the accelerated-entry option for the MAIPD degree, allowing students to complete their degrees in three full-time semesters. Students with significant prior relevant professional experiences (seven to 10 years) and relevant master’s degrees may be eligible for an advanced-entry option for the MAIPD degree. Advanced-entry students can complete their degrees in two full-time semesters. Students can request that their applications be reviewed for either accelerated or advanced entry in the online application.

Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Applied Social Science Research Methods 4
Economics 4
Development Paradigms, Discourses, Theories 4
Language Studies 4
Spring 1 16 Credits
Seminar 4
Applied Practice Workshops 4
Electives/Specialization Courses 4
Language Studies 4
Fall 2 16 Credits
Applied Practice Workshops 2
Electives/Specialization Courses 10
Language/Intercultural Competency 4
Spring 2 12 Credits
Practicum 6
Electives/Specialization Courses 6

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