Get ready to be a part of sustainable international development

This is an integrated, collaborative, accessible and affordable program for working and aspiring development professionals. This degree will equip you 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 and more. 
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Development Practice (Graduate)

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Why should I study Development Practice?

The MDP is premised on the understanding that tackling development challenges requires different kinds of knowledge and multiple points of view interacting within an interdisciplinary approach. Thus, all MDP courses draw on a range of disciplines to explore a common theme. Your studies will include significant field immersion, as well as the participation of instructors who are also practitioners. Additionally, all Regis MDP courses are specifically designed and conducted within the Global Classroom exclusively for Development Practice students.

Is Development Practice for me?

Radically affordable and accessible, the Regis MDP draws students of all ages, across a wide range of cultures, geographic location, and experience. The collaborative dimension of the program, called the Learning Communities, ensures students actively benefit from this diversity, both personally and professionally. With many students already engaged in full-time development work, the Regis MDP community simultaneously constitutes a rich and ever-expanding network within the development world.

What will I learn in the Master of Development Practice Program?

MDP courses draw on a range of disciplines, including global health, engineering, climate, ecology, economics, communications, mapping, metrics, culture, gender, finance, management and governance, to explore a common theme. Our approach also means that we challenge the various development theories with your own practical knowledge gleaned from on-the-ground experiences.

Is Regis' Master of Development Practice degree Accredited?

Regis University, founded in 1877, is a regionally accredited university. The Regis MDP program is a member of the Global Association of MDPs in alliance with the MacArthur Foundation.

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

What class formats are available?

All Regis MDP courses may be attended in person or remotely, from anywhere on Earth. All MDP courses occur and are set in the Global Classroom at Posner Center for International Development, which allows for interaction between students. If you live in the Denver area, you may attend in person or online.

When do classes start?

Classes begin once per year, in August.

Career Opportunities

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

The Regis MDP will prepare you 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, and more. Consistent with the global framework of the SDGs, the Regis MDP extends the concept of sustainable development to communities everywhere, including those of the so-called developed world in North America and Europe. You might find yourself working in a university, ecotourism, international adoption and social services, or possibly village-level grassroots development.

Salary and employment information can be researched at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

Program Requirements

Required Courses 42 SH
DP 600 Models of Development Practice
 (3 SH)
DP 601 Mapping, Metrics and Money (3 SH)
DP 602 Economics, Enterprise and Innovation (3 SH)
DP 603 Research for Development Practice (3 SH)
DP 604 Climate, Energy and Ecology (3 SH)
DP 605 Participatory Planning (3 SH)
DP 606 Gender, Intersectionality and Agency (3 SH)
DP 607 Rights, Duties and Policy (3 SH)
DP 699A Field Immersion (3 SH)
DP 610 Communal Global Health (3 SH)
DP 630 Food, Water and Energy (3 SH)
DP 640 Data and Assessment (3 SH)
DP 670 Just and Sustainable Education (3 SH)
DP 699B Field Immersion (3 SH)
Total Semester Hours: 42 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

Regis University’s College of Business and Economics is dedicated to delivering a world-class business education founded on individualized, values-based, experiential learning.  We seek to attract aspiring business leaders who demonstrate a passion for addressing today’s complex economic, environmental, and social challenges with an ethical and innovative approach that addresses urgent civil needs.

We base our admissions evaluation on the totality of information available in the admissions application. No single factor (GPA performance, essay, letters of recommendation, work experience or test scores) is the deciding factor for admission. We consider each application holistically, and take into account factors such as experience, fit with Regis University’s mission, aspirations, values, and accomplishments.

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or equivalent if bachelor’s is from outside the U.S.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission*

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Essay prompt found here
  • Undergraduate degree holders must submit an official degree-bearing transcript within 30 days of the completed date of application

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

NOTE: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed. An applicant not meeting the above requirements may submit a request for special consideration by the Admissions Committee.

Send Transcripts to:

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

Electronic transcripts may be sent to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE:          April 1

FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE:                 July 1

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

Tuition per credit hour:  $510

The total tuition for the Master's of Development Practice program is $22,950. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. The Regis MDP is committed to bringing a diverse, international cohort of students together for deep and ongoing engagement leading to truly global development education and solutions.  This requires financial accessibility for students from a wide range of local economies. The Regis MDP will work within its available resources to make participation in the program feasible for all qualified students.

For U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents, please click here for more information about federal financial aid options.

For non-citizens and non-residents of the U.S., federal financial aid is not available. However there is additional support available. Scholarship opportunities exist to help offset the cost of tuition and are based on need for qualified applicants.  Scholarships are awarded annually and must be applied for and renewed each academic year.

Scholarship Application:

  • Submit a letter from your employer, on company letterhead, verifying your employment, job title and annual salary
  • Provide a Statement of Financial Commitment and Need, in which you describe your personal economy, including what you are able to contribute to your own education and what level of support you feel you need.

Submit the above documents to:

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

Email to ruadmissions@regis.edu

The scholarship committee reviews the submitted scholarships annually to determine who is eligible. Recipients awarded the scholarships will be notified at least three weeks prior to starting classes at Regis University.


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Class Format

HOW DO PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ATTEND REGIS MDP COURSES AT POSNER CENTER?

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.

SOUNDS FASCINATING, BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.

WHAT IS THE CLASS SCHEDULE?

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

ARE THERE ANY FEES ASSOCIATED WITH BEING AN MDP STUDENT?

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.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER COSTS I SHOULD EXPECT AS AN MDP STUDENT?

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.

WHAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO ME?

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

WHAT IS A LEARNING COMMUNITY?

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.

WHAT ARE REGIS MDP LEARNING COMMUNITIES LIKE?

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.

Resources

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.

Libraries

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.