Be a part of sustainable 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.

The Certificate of Development Practice is customizable for students with development experience and may be applied toward the Master of Development Practice degree program.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Synchronous classes may be attended in-person or remotely

Credits for Completion
12 credit hours

Tuition for the 24-25 Academic Year
$599 per credit hour

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Sample Development Practice Classes

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DP 600: Introduction to International Development

History and theory of development, with introduction to development models including health, engineering, anthropology, policy, business, and environment.

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DP 606: Gender and Development

Review key cases of gender-based oppression, empowerment and development efforts at the global level, as well as examining opportunities for community engagement in participatory development.

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DP 620: Research and Learning for Development Practice

Examines methods for field and library research in the context of the entire development project management cycle and the wider community of development researchers.

Emily Van Houweling   

"I am especially proud of our decolonized approach ... and the intentional way we create community."

Name: Emily Van Houweling
Title: Associate Professor
Hometown: Bend, Oregon

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Program Details

Get all the details on our graduate certificate in Development Practice, including course requirements and application materials.

How to Apply

To apply to the Development Practice graduate certificate program, you will need:

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year: $599 per credit hour
Total program credits: 15
Tuition is one part of the overall cost of attendance, which includes all expenses students may have, including basic living costs. For more information about tuition, fees and your estimated cost of attendance, visit our Cost of Attendance for Adult Undergraduates and Graduate Students page. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Financial support is available to those who qualify. The Regis Development Practice department is committed to bringing a diverse, international cohort of students together for deep and ongoing engagement leading to truly global development education and solutions, which requires financial accessibility for students from a wide range of local economies. The department will work within its available resources to make participation in the program feasible for all qualified students.

Regis also offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Important Dates

Priority Application Deadline: May 1

Admissions Decisions Finalized: May 15

Applications received after May 1 will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Your application file must be complete by the application deadline in order to be reviewed. The final application deadline for consideration to the program is July 15.

A Culture of Excellence

The Development Practice Graduate Certificate is offered by the Development Practice department within Regis College.