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Duke University campus
Sanford School of Public Policy
Use Public Policy
Style Modern Gothic
Erected 1994
Location West Campus
Namesake Terry Sanford
Architect Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc.
Programs Government, leadership, ethics, journalism

The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University is named after former Duke president and Governor of North Carolina Terry Sanford, who established the university's Institute for Policy Sciences and Public Affairs in 1971 as an interdisciplinary program geared toward training future leaders. When the Schools's current building on Duke's West Campus opened in 1994, the structure was named - and the Institute renamed - in honor of Sanford. The Sanford School offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in Public Policy.

A second building, named for principal benefactor David Rubenstein, opened in August 2005. The building houses several of the school's centers including the Center for Child & Family Policy and the Duke Center for International Development. Rubenstein Hall had its formal dedication, which included a speech by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on November 4, 2005.

The Institute officially became Duke's tenth school on July 1, 2009, when it was renamed the Sanford School of Public Policy.[1]


Academic programs



Sanford offers an undergraduate major in Public Policy Studies. The undergraduate program was slightly altered starting with the class of 2009. The department also recently instituted several "pathways", or groups of classes focused on one aspect of public policy. One aspect of the program that is unique among Duke's undergraduate majors is the requirement of a public policy-related summer internship.

The Institute also offers two undergraduate certificates: the Health Policy Certificate and the Policy Journalism and Media Studies Certificate.

Sanford also runs a study-abroad program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. One notable aspect of the fall semester program is a four-day tour of London and its important cultural and political institutions and meetings with members of Parliament.


At the graduate level, the School currently offers Master of Public Policy and Master of International Development Policy[2] degrees.

A certificate in Health Policy is also available at the graduate level.

The Ph.D program started in the fall of 2007.

Centers and Programs[1]

The following centers and programs are affiliated with the Institute and/or operated by the Institute's faculty and staff.

  • The Center for Child and Family Policy
  • The Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society
  • The Duke Center for International Development
  • Duke University Program on History, Public Policy and Social Change
  • The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy
  • The Hart Leadership Program
  • The Population, Policy and Aging Research Center (PPARC)
  • The Program on Global Health and Technology Access
  • The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics
  • Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Triangle Institute for Security Studies
  • The Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism
  • The United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values
  • The Program on Civil Society (Fleishman Civil Society Fellows)


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