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Executive Master of Public Affairs

Applications for summer 2025 open August 2024

Our mission


The Sanford executive MPA equips emerging leaders to navigate the ever-changing public policy landscape. From non-profit and philanthropic pursuits to private sector and government affairs, we study factors that influence policy on every level.

About the program

In-person residencies. State-of-the-art online instruction. A 15-month, custom-built hybrid curriculum. For mid-career professionals with 7+ years of experience.

Online Instruction

A blend of self-guided and scheduled activities, give working professionals the flexibility to learn at their own pace.

On-Campus Instruction

Students have unparalleled networking opportunities with four in-person immersions taking place on our main campus and Washington, D.C. facility.

Program Costs

Tuition: $60,000*
We offer need-based tuition assistance and will work with every student to identify additional financial aid or scholarship opportunities from external partners.

*additional fees may apply for students enrolled beyond 15 months.

Application requirements

We welcome applicants with 7+ years experience from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Requirements:

  • Resume or CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Must include reference from a former or current professional supervisor or colleague.
  • Unofficial transcript from all higher education institutions from which you have received a degree/certification.
  • 2 brief personal statements.
  • Copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is not your first language.

Optional:

  • GRE scores
  • Video introduction
  • Professional writing sample

“This program is designed for experienced public affairs professionals to deepen their knowledge, enhance their skills, and refresh their commitment to public service at a crucial moment in their careers.”

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Asher Hildebrand
MPA Program Director

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We'd love to meet you

Join us at an upcoming admissions event and meet our team in person.

MAY 28

6:00 p.m. ET
Duke in DC Office
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

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