Get ready to be a part of sustainable development practice


The Regis University MDP prepares you to collaborate effectively with a variety of development actors from an integrated, inter-sectoral and global perspective. With an MDP, you will be able to facilitate holistic development solutions, ranging well beyond the silo of a single discipline. With an eye to social justice, you’ll navigate economic, political, and cultural complexity for lasting development impact. Moreover, your degree will set you on a path of lifelong learning through a discipline of critical reflection.
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Development Practice (Graduate)

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Why should I study Development Practice?

The Regis Development Practice program is premised on the understanding that tackling development challenges requires many kinds of knowledge and multiple points of view, interacting within an interdisciplinary approach. Development Practice courses draw on a range of disciplines, including health, engineering, climate, ecology, economics, communications, mapping, metrics, culture, gender, finance, management and governance to explore a common theme. Our global classroom brings development theory into dialogue with students’ own experience, resulting ultimately in more creative and robust real-world practice for our graduates. 

Is Development Practice for me?

Radically affordable and accessible, the Regis Development Practice program attracts students of all ages, across a wide range of cultures, geographic location, and experience.  The collaborative dimension of the program ensures students actively benefit from this diversity, both personally and professionally.  With many students already engaged in full-time development work, the Regis Development Practice community simultaneously constitutes a rich and ever-expanding network within the development world. Beyond its stand alone value, the Certificate positions you to pursue a full Master’s of Development Practice with just two years of additional study.

What will I learn in the Certificate of Development Practice?

Development Practice courses draw on a range of disciplines, including global health, engineering, climate, ecology, economics, communications, mapping, culture, gender, finance, management and governance, to explore a common theme.  Our approach also means that we challenge development theory with students’ own practical knowledge gleaned from on-the-ground experience. To this end, the Development Practice Certificate includes a student practicum, as well as the participation of instructors who are also practitioners.

Is Regis’ Graduate Certificate of Development Practice accredited?

Yes, Regis University, founded in 1877, is a regionally accredited university, and the Regis Development Practice program is a member of the Global Association of MDPs.

What class formats are available?

Regis Development Practice courses occur in the Global Classroom at the Posner Center for International Development. Classes are synchronous and may be attended in person or remotely, from anywhere on Earth. Class time is concentrated into two weekly class periods of two hours each that fall outside of sleeping and generally, working hours, no matter where students are located.

When do classes start?

Classes begin in August, at the start of the academic year. Note that the Undergraduate Certificate Intensive, coming in 2018, will take place over the summer semester.

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.

Career Opportunities

What careers can I pursue with a Certificate of Development Practice?

The Regis Development Practice program equips students to work in a wide range of development contexts with skills in community engagement, program and project planning, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, marketing, education and capacity building, advocacy, communications and more.  Consistent with the global framework of the SDGs, the Regis Development Practice program extends the concept of sustainable development to communities everywhere, including those of the so-called developed world in North America and Europe. Development Practice students work in universities, ecotourism, international adoption and social services, as well as in NGOs and grassroots development organizations.

Program Requirements

Required Courses 15 SH
DP 600 Models of Development Practice
 (3 SH)
DP 605 Mapping, Metrics and Money (3 SH)
DP 607 Gender, Intersectionality and Agency (3 SH)
DP 620 Research for Development Practice (3 SH)
DP 698 Practicum (3 SH)
Total Semester Hours: 15 SH

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

How to Apply

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Admission Criteria

  • Completed BA/BS degree; Regis senior-level undergraduates accepted faculty permission
  • Recommended 3.5 GPA
  • International documentation (if applicable)
  • Faculty interview

Materials Needed for Application and Admission*

  • Online admissions application
  • Current resume
  • Essay prompt 
  • Non-refundable application fee of $50
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Undergraduate degree holders must submit an official degree-bearing transcript within 30 days of the completed date of application

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*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 NACES credentialing agency, as noted above. This process can take between 2-6 weeks, depending on the agency selected. Please contact admissions via email at if you have questions or concerns about the evaluation process. 

If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language requirement via the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent English language test.

Minimum scores for English language competency tests are as follows:

  • TOEFL: Internet-based - 87
  • TOEFL: Computer-based - 227
  • TOEFL: Paper-based - 567
  • IELTS: 5
  • Cambridge: First Certificate in English (FCE), minimum grade B

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Regis University
Office of Admissions
Mail Code: P-28
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221-1099

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The application process is competitive and all interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as they become interested.  Enrollment is capped annually to admit a maximum of 28 of the most qualified applicants to begin class in August.

Admissions decisions finalized by May 15.

                  July 15
Applications received after May 1 will only be reviewed if there is space available.  

Classes begin in late August each year. Visit the Academic Calendar to view start dates.

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

Tuition and Fees


2017-2018 Academic Year Tuition

Traditional graduate students estimated total program cost: $7,850

  • Cost per credit hour: $510
  • Credit Hours Required: 15
  • Additional required application and technology fees: $200/annually for technology and $50 annual fee 

Regis University is committed to just and lasting change. Scholarship opportunities available for:
  • Posner Center, IEEE Smart Village, and Alliance for Sustainable Colorado members and tenants
  • Overseas and distant staff of Posner, IEEE Smart Village, and Alliance members and tenants
  • Off-grid, rural, and last-kilometer learning communities facing development challenges

Please contact Regis University Admissions with questions regarding your application or scholarship opportunities. 

Regis University Admissions
303.458.4900 (GMT -6)
800.388.2366 (GMT -6)


Learn more about the MDP program partnership with the The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Class Format


The Global Classroom at Posner Center is equipped with state of the art video conferencing technology enabling live, interactive, virtual-visual classes that connect students from around the world with those attending in person. No one need relocate to Denver for full and inclusive participation in these applied graduate studies.


If you’re new to the Regis MDP, attending a class, whether in person or virtually, will be a very different experience from classes you have attended before. Because MDP classes are so different we conduct an orientation, called Base Camp, to ensure students are prepared to be full and active participants in the Global Classroom, whatever their location.


Class meeting times have been arranged to accommodate the many international locations of our students. For example, classes for each cohort meet two days per week for approximately two hours per session. Below is an example of how the same two hours fall out across multiple time zones; be sure to calculate an hour adjustment for your individual time zone. 

Denver, USA: 7 - 8:50 a.m. 
Sao Paulo, Brazil: 10 - 11:50 a.m. 
Kigali, Rwanda: 3 - 4:50 p.m. 
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: 6 - 7:50 p.m.

Costs and Financial Support


Regis MDP students are required to pay a one-time application fee ($50) and annual technology fees of $250. Master’s degree seekers pay a $50 graduation fee to receive their diplomas.


Regis MDP classes are synchronous, and the learning model demands all students be in attendance. Therefore students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining connectivity throughout their course of study. For some, this may mean purchasing an internet hotspot and periodically loading it with data for continuous, reliable access from their location. Because the Regis MDP strives to make all texts digitally available at no cost to students, purchasing texts is not required.


International access is core to the mission of the Regis MDP. We want everyone who is qualified and passionate about development at the table, whatever their resources. Therefore we are committed to assisting students with financial support keyed to their individual economies. Annual financial assessments provide a full picture of each student’s situation, and guide fair distribution of our resources. All Regis MDP students are eligible to receive this support, regardless of residence.

Learning Communities


A learning community is a group of people who share common academic goals and attitudes, who meet regularly to collaborate on classwork. Such communities have become the template for a cohort-based, interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Effective communities are both aspirational and practical. They connect people, organizations, and systems that are eager to learn and work across boundaries, all the while holding members accountable to a common agenda, metrics, and outcomes. These communities enable participants to share results and learn from each other, thereby improving their ability to achieve rapid yet significant progress.


Regis MDP Learning Communities are a subset of between 4 or 5 students of the same cohort with diverse backgrounds who meet regularly to collaborate, talk through ideas and assignments, and help each other navigate and grow in the MDP. Regis MDP Learning Communities provide students with deep cross-cultural experience and continuous opportunities for communication and collaboration. Think of them as your academic home.


Posner Center for International Development

Posner Center for International Development is the principal partner and physical home of the Regis MDP. The first collaborative space of its kind in North America, Posner Center facilitates lasting development solutions among 60 organizations working in more than 100 countries, many of which provide MDP students with field immersion opportunities and ongoing mentorship.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers provides student scholarships, connectivity solutions via the Global Classroom at Posner Center, and access to the Smart Village Program, IEEE's own ongoing renewable energy project for the developing world.

Global Association of Master's of Development Practice Programs (GAM)

The Regis MDP is included in the Global Association of Master's of Development Practice Programs, a consortium of universities and organizations setting standards among contemporary development education programs worldwide.

Students Alumni and Advisory Council (SAAC)

The Regis MDP is represented among The Students and Alumni Advisory Council of GAM, which provides a professional platform for job opportunities, networking, and promotion of the MDP brand to employers, and creates forums for discussion, global projects, and idea sharing among students.


The Regis University Library provides a full range of online and on-campus library services and resources to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Within the library resources is a "Development Practice" library guide specifically designed as a research reference source for MDP students. Additionally, The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, of which Regis is a member, provides 24 hour access to reference librarians and library resources to all Regis MDP students.

The Learning Commons

The Regis University Learning Commons links MDP students to a network of academic support at no extra cost. Designed to promote student confidence and success, its writing center, tutoring services and academic success workshops assist with writing, studying, and a range of subjects through one-on-one and group sessions.