International Development Policy
The McCourt School of Public Policy offers programs of study leading to a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, a Master of International Development (MIDP) degree, a Master of Policy Management (MPM) degree or an Executive Master of Policy Management (EMPL) degree.
A Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) degree equips today’s future leaders in development with the essential technical and analytical skills necessary to make a positive difference in the world. A degree for professionals with experience in development or related fields, the MIDP delivers skills in evidence-based policy-making within a broad, multidisciplinary curriculum.
- Master of International Development Policy (MIDP)
December 1, 2019 (early action, scholarship)
January 15, 2020 (priority, scholarship)
April 1, 2020 (final)
(Note: Those applying with a completed application by November 30 will dbe considered for scholarship and will be notified of their decision by mid-January.)
Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.
Who Should Apply?
The MIDP degree is designed for both U.S. and international candidates desiring advanced careers in international development. This two-year full-time degree focuses explicitly on international development and incorporates a summer experience after the first year. The curriculum emphasizes building strong quantitative skills within a broad, multidisciplinary core curriculum. In addition, it incorporates and provides the analytical, communications, and team-building skills necessary to become an effective leader and policy maker in international development policy
- Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) required.
- Previous coursework in Microeconomics is required. Please see Microeconomics preparation for more information.
- Some coursework in college-level pre-calculus or calculus preferred.
Applicants should have at least two years of relevant post-graduate professional experience, which may include field work (for example, the Peace Corps), or experience in government, international or non-profit organizations.
For application information and questions, please contact the McCourt School Admissions office.
For other MIDP program inquiries:
Faculty Director, MIDP Program
Telephone: (202) 687-7015
Required Application Materials
Please be sure to review the MIDP Program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.
In reviewing your application, the McCourt School considers all the elements listed below.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Applicants for admission to the McCourt School of Public Policy must provide a resume or curriculum vitae (C.V.). Please upload your resume or C.V. with your online application. Please feel free to include a list of published work.
Unofficial Transcripts: Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs.
Three recommendations are required. Ideally, applicants should submit at least one each from an academic and work-related source. The online application utilizes a secure online recommendation system which will:
- automatically email your recommendation providers with instructions for online submission of the recommendation;
- allow applicants to track recommendations received or not received and follow up with recommenders who still need to submit their appraisals;
- expedite the processing of the recommendations, which will be included in the online application once submitted.
In the event your reference cannot access the online recommendation, please contact the McCourt School Admissions staff for instructions.
Official GRE or GMAT scores
The Georgetown University GRE code is 5244. The GMAT code is JT7-D8-97.
TOEFL or IELTS for International Students
Georgetown’s TOEFL code is 5244. For the IELTS, see http://www.ielts.org. All applicants to the McCourt School are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by:
- the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the language of instruction for the entire institution.
- submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of approximately 100 (internet test). (Minimum of 22 on each individual section.)
- submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.0.
The TOEFL and IELTS must be received directly from the appropriate testing organization. Photocopied/faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement.
Exception: International students who received a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education where the primary language was English will be considered for an exemption from this requirement. Please contact McCourt School Admissions if you have questions.
Maximum length 500 words. Your essay should address the following:
The McCourt School’s MIDP program emphasizes analytical rigor, and using sophisticated quantitative tools, where appropriate, both by local governments and by international development agencies. Why do you think analytical rigor is important for policy analysis in international development settings? Use a current development policy issue to demonstrate your reasoning.
Personal Statement (Optional)
The Admissions Committee is very interested in learning about you personally - including any noteworthy or formative aspects of your background and what attracted you to the field of international development policy. In 250 words or less, please provide any information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know about yourself and/or your future goals. You may also use this optional essay to provide further explanation of any unusual circumstances, such as a period of poor academic performance or a large gap in your resume. If you choose to submit an Optional Statement, please upload it to the Writing Sample section of the application.
Supplemental Data Form
Available online at http://grad.georgetown.edu/admissions/admissions-forms. Once you have completed the Supplemental Data Form, please upload it to your online application.
Interviews are not required but prospective students are encouraged to attend an information session, participate in an online chat or meet with a McCourt School Admissions staff member in person or over the phone.
The Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) is a 48-credit degree program. The curriculum is divided into core (required) courses and elective courses. The core curriculum of the program equips students with the advanced quantitative skills needed to formulate evidence-based policy solutions, while delivering expertise in the politics, management and ethics of development.
Elective courses allow students to build policy knowledge in particular areas of development practice. In addition to the core courses, students complete 12 credit hours of electives that cover advanced empirical methods or survey research methods and a wide range of development issues, such as global health and education policy, civil society and political institutions, infrastructure for development or globalization.
The MIDP is a full time program, and students complete the program in two years. In the summer between the first and second year, students complete a 6- to 10-week work experience or internship with an institution working in international development (e.g. development agencies, research institutions, non-profit or for-profit firms, and donor organizations).