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Executive Education at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy offers professionals the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their knowledge in the realm of public policy. Participants work alongside subject experts to engage with cutting-edge research, interact with peers from around the world, and apply new concepts directly to their own work. Sanford Executive Education offers both open enrollment programming and customized courses for individual organizations. Whether in-person or online, our team is confident that we have a course that will guide the next steps of your professional growth.

The following areas provide some examples of current and past Executive Education focus areas at the Sanford School of Public Policy. If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to message our team.

International Development

The Duke Center for International Development (DCID) in the Sanford School offers short-term executive education programs to meet the needs of mid-career public policy professionals in government agencies, international institutions, the non-governmental community, and the private sector. With more than 6,000 alumni from 120 countries, these programs give professionals the opportunity to learn from and share best practices with our faculty and other experienced international development practitioners from around the world.

DCID offers several open-enrollment public policy and public finance programs every year. Learn more about DCID’s open-enrollment programs.


DCID also offers customized programs that are tailored to the needs of requesting governments and organizations.

Learn more about DCID’s custom programs.

National Security

The Duke University Fellowship in Counterterrorism and Public Policy is designed to provide professionals in the national security and counterterrorism fields with an intensive educational experience that will enhance their understanding of the American policymaking process, empower them to operate more effectively at higher level leadership and staff positions, and deepen their understanding of counterterrorism and national security issues. The nine-month program offered by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security accepts three to five Fellows each year.

The fellowship provides foundational instruction in national security studies and the policymaking process, as well as more directed courses in areas such as intelligence, national security and counterterrorism policy, and regional studies. The fellowship fulfills the Senior Service Education (SSE) requirements for military officers and other U.S. national security professionals.

Find out more.