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Duke University — Sanford School of Public Policy

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Sanford School of Public Policy
Degrees Awarded:
Public Policy (MPP)
Admissions Deadlines:
The application fee ($80) deadline is January 5 (5:00 p.m. EST).
Admissions Cycle:
July through early January
Program Start:
Fall Semester (August)
Program Founded:
August, 2004


Under an agreement with Peace Corps, students who are accepted into the Duke MPP Program are guaranteed a tuition fellowship:

  • For two-year MPP students, the fellowship is a minimum of $14,000 per year, through a combination of a tuition fellowship and payment for community service, teaching, research, or graduate assistantship.
  • For our dual-degree programs, students will receive a $12,000 tuition fellowship during their first year of study. They must spend year one in the MPP program before starting the dual-degree curriculum in the law (JD), environment (MEM), or business (MBA) program.

These fellowships are the minimum students will receive. Applicants will receive full consideration for additional, merit-based tuition assistance based on the strength of their application and the overall applicant pool.


The two-year professional MPP program prepares students for leadership roles in various levels of government, non-profit organizations and with corporations both in domestic and international locations. Dual-degrees with Duke or UNC schools are available in law (JD), business (MBA); and Duke environment (MEM). A dual-degree in medicine (MD) is available with Duke's Medical program. The MPP program requires full-time enrollment and most students possess two to six years of post-undergraduate work experience prior to application.

Fellows are required to complete a summer internship (between their first and second year) and a Master?s project.


We welcome applicants from a variety of academic and professional?as well as ethnic and cultural?backgrounds. Our selection committee considers academic performance and GRE scores, but also takes a close look at our applicants? statement of purpose, general writing skills, relevant work experience, and faculty and employer evaluations (3 letters of recommendation).

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Duke MPP
Admissions Office

Sanford School of Public Policy
MPP Program Admissions Office Box 90243
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0243
(919) 613-9205
(919) 684-3702

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