Get ready to be a part of sustainable development practice


The Regis Development Practice program prepares its students to be facilitators of holistic development solutions rather than experts in a single discipline. Committed to social justice and service, Regis Development Practice graduates navigate economic, political, and social complexity as servant-leaders. They are project managers who collaborate effectively with a variety of development actors and approach development from an integrated, interdisciplinary and global perspective. Regis Development Practice graduates are able to engage communities in participatory and empowering ways, and to think critically and reflectively about their own development practice, preparing them for continuous improvement over the course of their professional lives.
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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 606 Economics, Enterprise and Innovation (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
  • 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 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

Electronic transcripts may be sent to

Applications are due one month prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar webpage 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. 

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