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  1. Hey SS1987, Great question. Unfortunately, I don't really know! I think your best bet would be to shoot an email to mppadmit@duke.edu with your questions. Will you be coming to the Admissions Office's Open House on Friday? From what I understand, there will be financial aid representatives available throughout the day who could probably help to answer your question. Sorry I couldn't be of more help SS1987 but best of luck and please feel free to ask me any other questions you might have about Sanford! Good luck! Best, mppbluedevil13
  2. Hey David, Thanks for the great questions! I definitely know where you are coming from as I certainly asked myself the same questions before coming back to school. In general, I think policy school is pretty heterogeneous in terms of backgrounds and experiences. Here at Sanford, there are a lot of very bright and impressive people - some of which came in with strong quant skills and others who might have only taken one or two stats/econ classes in undergrad. Given the wide range of quant experience, I think our quant (e.g., stats and econ) professors do a really good job with the pace
  3. Hey o1lo1l, Good question! I don't think there are tuition waivers per se for assistantships. Instead, you would be paid for the assistantship and you could spend the money on tuition or however you best see fit. Good luck with everything and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions about Sanford! Best, mppbluedevil13
  4. SS1987, Congratulations on your admission to Sanford! As an MPP, you can absolutely take MIDP classes. However, you will probably only be able to take a couple MIDP courses during your first-year as you will have four core classes during the first semester and three to four during the second semester. Your second year, you can really begin to start taking more electives (i.e., MIDP courses) and you can definitely do your Master's Project on an international development related topic. In addition, I assume that you would probably be interested in conducting your summer internship i
  5. o1lo1l, Those are great questions! In terms of assistantships, they are certainly available and my sense is that a good number of first-year MPPs have one. The assistantships can be teaching assistantships (assigned to a specific class and mainly facilitates small group discussions/study sessions with students, grades papers, etc.), research assistantships (assigned to a specific professor to support them with a current research project) or graduate assistantships (assigned to a particular administrative department within Sanford and support their efforts in event management, marketing,
  6. Marie, Please see my post to SS1987. The triangle is home to several organizations engaged in international development, mostly in the fields of health and education - although, RTI and FHI 360 are huge USAID contractors cased in the Triangle that conduct research and implement projects in a wide array of development fields. As you can probably tell, I think Duke is very strong in the area of international development! The MIDP program at Sanford is like 90% international and consists of mostly mid-career professionals. The average amount of work experience for the MPP program is
  7. SS1987, I am a current MPP student at Sanford and I must say it has been a fantastic experience. I came to the program with 8+ years of public sector experience in the area of international development and made lots of international development contacts/networks during my time in DC. I must say that the Duke network has blown me away in terms of how connected they are in DC in the fields of international development, health, education, economic development, environment etc. As campussartorialist indicated, the Sanford and Duke networks are very accesible and very willing to help curren
  8. Hey Juhual, Great questions! I think there might be information on internship and/or job placements in the career services section of Sanford's website. I'm not sure about starting salary but I know that a lot of folks go into government (at all levels), NGOs, and the private sector (consulting etc.). Durham has some pretty solid housing options. I would check out this site for some current options: http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/forms/chouse/search.php I hope this is helpful and best of luck with the decision-making process! Cheers, MPPBlueDevil
  9. Hi everyone! I'm a current first-year student at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy and I remember that this time last year was challenging trying to decide among various options. As such, I thought I'd get on here and try to offer any and all insights that I have on why I ended up choosing Duke. Feel free to write back to this thread about anything you want - program components, curriculum, specializations, electives, extracurriculars, people, Durham as a city, social life, anything - and I will be happy to help. It may not be an instant response, but I'll certainly get back to
  10. With respect to Duke's funding, Sanford provides merit-based scholarships. Also, most students receive fellowships ranging from partial to full tuition.
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