Our Mission

The Master of Development Practice equips leaders for integrated approaches to lasting development solutions and cultivates advanced learning and service in development vocations.


Advanced education and training for complex development challenges requires a holistic, integrated and relational approach. Food security, for example, depends on knowledge of agriculture and nutrition, engineering and transportation, hydrology and geography, climate and environment, disease and parasites, communications and culture, economics and finance, management and governance, and labor and gender. 

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized this interdependence of concerns, and thus helped launch Master of Development Practice (MDP) programs that integrate health, social, management, and natural sciences. A global consortium of MDP programs now refines an integrated approach to development. States, international organizations, universities and urban educated elite are lead drivers of change. Communities, schools, teachers and youth are equally necessary partners. 

Regis University responds with a collaborative, integrated and affordable MDP. It partners near and far to meet this challenge. An essential partner is IEEE Smart Village, which grounds MDP studies in communities implementing income-generating services and development education. IEEE Smart Village Scholarships are available to IEEE members and students whose MDP studies and in-country work support IEEE Smart Village’s commitment to local ownership and knowledge of basic development goods and services such as power generation, clean water and sanitation. Contact MDP personnel for more information.

In addition, IEEE sponsors the Global Classroom at the Posner Center for International Development. This first-of-its-kind development consortium builds a community of innovators seeking lasting solutions to global poverty. Moreover, this MDP calls upon all five Regis University colleges and a host of practitioners, professors, and leaders from across Colorado and the world. It examines development through case studies and a score of disciplines. It perfects the use of the Blue Jeans Network via the IEEE Global Classroom so that students anywhere may pursue an MDP without leaving their work and service in community development.

The MDP deliverable: community-engaged knowledge, narratives, research, strategies, assessment and case studies of lasting solutions to development challenges and opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Study where you live and work– MDP participants need not leave their community and development work behind to join a comprehensive graduate course of study.
  • Blended learning includes live broadcasts on the Blue Jeans Network, online course materials and forums on WorldClass learning system, global access to 24/7 library resources, face-to-face collaboration, one-semester practicums and six-month field immersions. 
  • Study affordably– this MDP is radically affordable and extraordinarily staffed.
  • Undergraduate juniors and seniors may earn one-third of the MDP while completing their baccalaureate.
  • The MDP nurtures cross-cutting development themes and Ignatian principles of global service.
  • The five Regis colleges and partnering faculty and practitioners from across Colorado and the world are developing six specialized four-course tracks that students engage in their third year of MDP work.

The MDP aligns smartly with the goals of its development partners – all organizations, communities, and government agencies committed to innovative, integrative, and lasting development solutions. A prime example is IEEE Smart Village, the humanitarian arm of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s second largest professional organization. While its engineers have pioneered many technologies that serve humanity, its hand in this MDP programming shows how one profession– engineering –contributes to and draws from the 18 development sectors represented in the Posner Center tenancy and the MDP instructorship.

Who we are


The MDP derives its meaning and identity from its students who represent Learning Communities across the world. Our pilot cohort includes students and instructors from 10 countries – Cambodia, Canada, DR of Congo, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States and Vietnam. These students come from a dozen disciplines, range in age from 21 to 81, are two-thirds women and work for nonprofits, for-profit enterprise and government agencies.

Contributing Faculty

Matjaz Bren (Course Co-Designer, CBE) is Principal of ICARA Limited, LLC, and international business development firm. Matjaz consults with Fortune 500 corporations, the U.S. government, and nonprofits. He has lived in and worked on projects with colleagues in Belarus, Chile, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Slovenia, and Spain.

Karla Esser (Director of Regis College Master of Arts in Education (MAE)) is a graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages- German/ Linguistics. Karla obtained her master’s degree with an emphasis in learning and teaching from the Regis University Master of Arts in Education Program, and she attended the University of Denver for the Principal Licensure Program. Karla later attended the University of Northern Colorado for her Doctorate in Educational Leadership Policy and Studies. After obtaining her bachelor’s, Karla lived in Bavaria, Germany, for many years, teaching elementary and high school English as second language students. She later returned to Colorado, where she worked for three years as a district ESL coach in Aurora Public Schools. After completing her master’s degree and principal licensure, she took a position as the director of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and ELA at Sheridan School District, where she stayed for eight years. Karla has also been a consultant for Amesse Elementary School, advising for literacy and teacher effectiveness, and has consulted for the Colorado Department of Education in initiatives concerning literacy and English Language Development benchmarks. 

Juan Gallego-Toledo (Course Co-Designer, CBE) is an Organizational Development Consultant and Owner of El Toro Aburrido, LLC. Prior to El Toro, Juan worked globally for 18 years with Nokia. He continues to work extensively in Latin America, Europe, and East Asia, and is fluent in Spanish, French, and English. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and international business. He has held executive positions in Latin America, Europe, China, and the U.S. 

George Fischer (Guest Speaker) is an independent consultant with 25 years of operational and financial management experience in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, and the United States. He focuses on restructuring. His expertise is in asset management, financial controls and reporting, manufacturing operations, and sales/distribution systems. He worked in South Africa with MAN AG for 12 years.

Ed Lindoo (Course Co-Designer, CC&IS) will join us from Florida where he is the Director of Enterprise Networks and Telecommunications for the Journal Media Group.  He has 35 years’ experience in the newspaper industry, and has managed technical teams and information technology departments.

Jennifer McCurdy (Regis Affiliate) was a faculty member at Regis University in the Department of Health Care Ethics. She has a master's in humanities with an emphasis in ethics and philosophy and a bachelor's in nursing. Prior to joining Regis University, she established a permanent Clinical Nurse Ethicist position and created an Ethics Nurse Liaison Program at Children's Hospital Colorado. Jennifer also has 17 years of critical care nursing experience in adult and pediatric intensive care and emergency care. Her professional interests include international comparative health care ethics, ethics education, health policy, and ethics in the critical care environment.

Jonathan Moyer (Guest Speaker) is a research assistant professor and acting director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Prior to his appointment at DU, Jon was an early post-war educator in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and became the most eligible American bachelor in the country. His fluency in Vietnamese certainly helped.

Bill Pratt (Guest Speaker) is the Executive Director of iDE-Canada, a sister organization of iDE located within feet of our IEEE Global Classroom. Bill has 20 years’ experience among local, provincial, national, and international Canadian charities. His best impact is made with organizations and people underperforming against their potential. His passions are fundraising and the eradication of poverty. He joins our class from Manitoba.

Abigail Schneider (Guest Speaker, CBE) is an assistant professor of marketing at Regis University. She joins our class immediately after work in Uganda where she is designing a Regis Study Abroad opportunity among Denver-based nonprofits. She also consults with Unilever and mShopper in Boulder, Colorado. 

George Taylor (Case Study Writer, Course Co-Designer) is a forester by training and a recovering USAID administrator and international development consultant by vocation. He is a director of international programs for philanthropy support services/Pax Terra and a Visiting Fellow at CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability. For 22 years George directed USAID agricultural, environmental and rural development projects in the Sahel Region, Nepal, Niger, and Bolivia, and while in Washington, D.C., he backstopped environment, energy and urban programs across Asia and North Africa. Raised on the Indian side of the Himalaya, George is fluent in several languages.

MDP Team also enjoys invaluable support and coordination from Elizabeth Holdeman (ESL), Chris Steele (Dayton Memorial Library), Doug Emmerich and Carl Kinney (Instructional Design Technology), Mia Derti (Admissions) and Mike Wilson (IEEE Smart Village).


Curriculum Overview

The MDP meets the core competencies for integrated development studies approved by the global MDP consortium Secretariat. It goes a significant step further by broadcasting each MDP course on the Blue Jeans Network via the IEEE Global Classroom at the Posner Center for International Development. Hence our students may participate from their home communities and countries. They may apply their curricular learning in the context of day-in, day-out development challenges. The MDP Learning Communities share their learning experiences for reciprocal generation of knowledge and case studies.

To view the full MDP timeline and curriculum click here.

Semester Hours: 39 to 45 SH

  • 8 core courses (24 SH) and selected 4-course track (12 SH)
  • Practicum for students new to development (3 SH) and Community Field Immersion (3-6 SH)

Each college prepares a 4-course track with a signature MDP course that augments three pre-existing courses.

  • Tracks may also be stand-alone Graduate Certificates.
  • In lieu of a 4-course track, students may opt four signature MDP courses.

End-of-MDP student deliverable is a publishable narrative and case study of lasting solutions to development challenges and opportunities.

  • At-risk and affluent communities provide essential reciprocal perspective, instruction, and experience.

The IEEE Global Classroom at the Posner Center will likely be joined by two more classrooms.

Attention is paid to the diverse categories of students enrolled in the MDP – we seek to bridge cross-cultural, urban-rural, undergraduate-graduate, generational, gendered, disciplinary, and linguistic realities.


Apply to the Master of Development program


  • Completed undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • International documentation
  • Faculty interview
  • Current Regis undergraduate students applying for this program, it is recommended that you have a GPA of 3.5 or above.


All below requirements can be found, accessed, and uploaded once you begin your application process. 

A completed application includes:

  • Online admissions application
  • Current 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
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferred but not required for admittance)
  • Credential Evaluation - Submit an official academic, course-by-course transcript evaluation of foreign educational undergraduate credentials from one of the Regis University approved agencies. Approved agencies can be found at www.naces.org. Photocopies of the evaluation are not acceptable. Evaluations should be sent to the following address:  

Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard, P-28
Denver, CO. 80221-1099

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
International application due date: July 1
Domestic application due date: August 1

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

Electronic transcripts may be sent to: sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu

Funding and Tuition

The MDP program is strongly supported by Regis University and IEEE Smart Village.  

All participants received a reduced tuition rate of $510 per semester hour. Regis University offers development personnel affiliated with IEEE, IEEE Smart Village, the Posner Center for International Development and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado an additional 20% tuition scholarship. Overseas development personnel related to these organizations receive a 70% tuition scholarship. Communities affiliated with these organizations global development work receive a 90% tuition scholarship. Moreover, IEEE members and IEEE Smart Village affiliates are eligible for further IEEE Smart Village Scholarships. This support may cover part or all of one’s remaining tuition and technology fee balance.  

While the affordability of graduate tuition is challenging for all, the Regis MDP tuition costs compare quiet favorably to other MDP programs in North America and aboard. In addition to tuition savings, students may save significantly by joining the MDP cohort through its dynamic teaching tools and approach on the Blue Jeans Network via the IEEE Global Classroom at the Posner Center. The objective of this program is to grow community-based, state-savvy and globally linked development collaboration. Hence many participants pursue their advanced development education from the very location of their work. No students need relocate to Denver to join this course of study. 

The MDP staff will provide further information on scholarship availability upon request. 


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.