IB Diploma Programme (DP)

IB World School Diploma Programme chart.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is designed for students interested in pursuing a four-year college or university degree. Course work in the final two years of high school not only prepare students for college but also potentially offer college credit at universities across the world for students who are successful on their IB assessments.

DP outcomes

Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course

View IB DP research outcomes.

DP: Three core elements

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three core elements of the DP program are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students learn to think critically on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

View the guide to the IB DP.

DP: Six subject areas

The six subject groups of the DP program are: