Study for a graduate certificate in Development Practice


Development Practice

Study for a graduate certificate in Development Practice

The Development Practice Graduate Certificate equips students with an applied curriculum that is community-based, holistic, reciprocal, and embedded in partnerships. Join community doers and leaders, development professionals and scholars, and grounded idealists in growing lasting solutions to development challenges near and far.
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Development Practice (Graduate)

Degree Overview

Equipping leaders for integrated approaches to lasting development solutions.

The Development Practice (DP) Graduate Certificate equips students from around the world to become an integral part of the dynamic discourse on how to grow more holistic and sustainable solutions to national and global development challenges. The certificate’s applied curriculum is community-based, integrated, embedded in partnerships, and reciprocal in instruction and field opportunities. By engaging in the Development Practice, a student’s disciplinary knowledge is augmented with holistic development perspectives from local, national and global participants.  

This eight-month program includes four online core courses and an applied practicum. Courses span eight weeks each, on Monday night from 6 - 9:45 p.m. Throughout the program, a practicum allows students to apply course learning to the sustainable and empowering good of the community, current development organization or new organization of their choice.


  • Study where you live – global students accessing Regis DP programs need not leave their community and development work behind to join a comprehensive graduate course of study far from home
  • Study affordably – Regis commits impact investment to just and lasting change
  • Earn a credential-improving DP Graduate Certificate in as little as eight months
  • Engage in development challenges each week with your assigned group of global classmates
  • Curriculum is rooted in the Jesuit philosophy of cura personalis, care for the whole person, which here extends to justice and sustainability for at-risk and in-excess communities, alike
  • Gain 24/7 access to course materials, ESL materials, research guides, and online library support
  • Complete a year-long practicum and apply new knowledge in the context of a development organization and/or community
  • See, understand, and more effectively serve the world

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For a printable quick facts sheet, click here.

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year


Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the Development Practice Graduate Certificate. This eight-month program requires 15 credit hours including four eight week long courses and a 120-hour practicum for applied knowledge in your community or a development organization of your choice.

To view the full MDP timeline and curriculum click here.

Certificate hour requirement: 12-15 SH.

Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Required Courses 
DP 600 Models of Development Practice (3 SH)
DP 601 Entry Points of Development (3 SH)
DP 602 Skills for the Field (3 SH)
DP 603 Going to Scale (3 SH)
DP 698  Practicum (3 SH)

How to Apply

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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed BA/BS degree
  • Recommended 3.5 GPA
  • International Documentation
  • Faculty Interview

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

All below requirements can be found, accessed, and uploaded once you begin your application process. 
A completed application includes:
  • Admissions Application Form
  • 2 recommendations with supporting letters
  • Resume 
  • Essay – prompt found here 
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript within 30 days of the completed date of application

    Send official transcripts to:
    Regis University Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd., P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099

    Electronic transcripts may be sent to:

    Click to download a Transcript Request Form 
Please note: applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will not be processed.

If you are an international student and received your undergraduate education outside the U.S., please ensure you submit your transcripts to be evaluated for U.S. equivalency through an approved credentialing agency.  A list of these agencies can be found here.  This can take between 2-6 weeks, depending on the agency selected.

If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement

  • IELTS – Academic IELTS overall band score of 5.0 or higher
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment – Level B2 First Certificate in English (Click here to visit test page)
  • TOEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language (Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656)
    • Computer-based – Minimum score of 227
    • Paper-based – Minimum score of 567
    • Internet-based – Minimum score of 87

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.



Total Tuition:

  • Graduate student, US-based: $22,950
  • Development professional, North America, Europe & Australia: $18,360
  • Development professional, expatriate working in an LDC*: $6,885
  • Development Personnel overseas: $6,885
  • Development professional, national of an LDC: $2,295

Credit Hours Required: 39-45

    Application fee: ($50)

    Annual technology fee: ($250)

    *Least-Developed Country according to the United Nations. Click here for a list.


    The Regis University Master of Development Practice is proud to announce its influential partnerships with the following Denver community organizations.


    The Posner Center for International Development is a first of-its-kind consortium. Its purpose is to bring together 61 global development practitioner organizations with the goal of intentional collaboration. The Master of Development Practice holds classes in the IEEE Global Classroom at the Posner Center. The space is a renovated 1867 barn that housed the horses and original street trolleys of Denver.


    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) constructed the global classroom in the Posner Center. IEEE is also pioneering a program-- IEEE Smart Village -- that aims to provide electricity and development education to 50 million people by 2025.


    The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) is dedicated to developing tomorrow's global leaders by engaging youth to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. WAC is a middle school and high school feeder into Regis University and the MDP.