Development Practice

Master of Development Practice

Help co-create solutions to today's global challenges.

Regis University’s Master of Development Practice (MDP) is an innovative degree that contributes to the sustainability of our planet and to the health and well-being of communities in the U.S. and overseas. As a Regis MDP student, you'll become part of a diverse, international learning community with a focus on decolonization, practical collaboration and creative thinking in development contexts.

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals* by 2030 will demand integrated policy and practice premised on the lived realities of communities around the world. The Regis MDP program prepares you to meet this challenge through a holistic, decolonizing approach to development practice.


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The Regis MDP will equip you with the tools and mindset to pursue your passion and make a meaningful positive impact on communities in need through the professional focus of your choice. Areas of focus include:

  • Digital equity and access
  • Environmental justice
  • Food security
  • Green energy solutions
  • Women’s economic empowerment
  • Health care and rural access
  • Indigenous community development
  • Organizational growth and leadership
  • Refugee education and resettlement
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) access
  • Youth leadership and enterprise
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Program Snapshot

Program Format
8-week terms

Time Commitment
2-3 years

Key Dates
Program starts are offered once a year in late August

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Specialization Options

You may choose to specialize in one of two areas, gaining advanced skills and in-depth knowledge in either education or environment.

Optional MDP specializations including environment and education
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Learn from anywhere in the world.

All Regis MDP courses occur in the IEEE Global Classroom at the Posner Center for International Development in Denver, CO. Classes are held in real time and may be attended in person or remotely from anywhere with an internet connection. Classes are generally held from 7-9 a.m. Mountain Time (MT). Most Regis MDP students choose to take courses on a part-time schedule over 3 years — ideal for busy working professionals.

The Regis MDP is a member of the Global Association of MDPs and an academic partner of the Posner Center for International Development.

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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To apply to the Master of Development Practice program, you will need:

  • Online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts
  • Essay responding to the essay prompt

International students are integral to our program and are encouraged to apply. If your first/native language is not English and you did not obtain your undergraduate degree in English, TOEFL or equivalent English language test scores are required. If your undergraduate degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., a course-by-course International Credit Evaluation is also required from a NACES-approved member.

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Are you a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV)? We are proud to welcome RPCVs to apply for admission to this extraordinary program as Coverdell Fellows, where your knowledge and experience will find a home within our applied graduate studies. Please contact your admissions counselor for Coverdell Fellowship financial benefit details.

As Posner Center for International Development’s partner in delivering development practice education to the Rocky Mountain West, we are proud to offer a Master of Development Practice tuition benefit to tenants within the Posner Community. To learn more, contact an admissions counselor.

Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year: $599 per credit hour
Total program credits: 42
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.

The Regis Development Practice program is committed to bringing a diverse, international cohort of students together for a truly global development education. This requires financial accessibility for students from a wide range of local economies. The MDP will work within its available resources to make participation in the program feasible for qualified students.

Regis offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. U.S. students should visit Financial Aid for more information. International students seeking financial support should submit a statement describing their economic situation, including their ability to contribute to their education, as well as a letter from their employer verifying their salary, obligations, and other factors to for consideration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The IEEE 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.

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The Master of Development Practice is offered by the Development Practice Department within Regis College.