Development Practice

Master of Development Practice

Discover and implement 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. Classes use virtual-visual conferencing to bring students from around the world together to discover truly global solutions to development challenges.

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will demand integrated policy and practice with attention to the lived realities of communities around the world. If you’re ready to meet this challenge, the Regis MDP program offers a holistic approach to development practice for those committed to social justice.

Classes are taught in 8-week terms. Students can attend class either in person in Denver, CO or as part of a live online video conference environment from anywhere in the world. The MDP program can be completed in 2-3 years of part-time study, and program starts are offered once a year in late August.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Real-time video conferenced classes may be attended in-person or remotely

Credits for Completion
42 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$565 per credit hour

Sample Development Practice Classes

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DP 610: Health and Development

Explores the combined social, physical, mental, ecological and climatic sciences that affect individual and collective health.

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DP 612: Grassroots and Indigenous Activism

Focuses on ways development has been driven by people working on their own behalf, rather than by outside organizations.

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DP 630: Food, Water and Energy Nexus

Examines the inextricable linkages, trade-offs and synergies among water, food and energy. 

Program Details

Get all the details on our Master of Development Practice program, including course requirements and application materials. 

Development Practice Career Paths

Human-Centered Design

Human-Centered Designers work to create and adapt technology, services, products and infrastructure to enhance community development at home and abroad. HCD positions require forward-looking thinkers who are able to work on teams and engage community actors to determine local needs and enlist community assets to generate appropriate and sustainable solutions.

Nonprofit Founder/Director

Founders of nonprofit organizations are individuals who feel passionately about promoting positive change in the world. Their success depends on being able to analyze current social issues and bring stakeholders along in pursuing effective solutions. Establishing a non-profit requires strong leadership and management skills, as well as continuous learning and engagement in the development community.

Program Officer

Working for the non-profit or governmental sector, Program Officers manage development programs on site in communities around the world. Such programs pursue short and long-term goals within areas like girls’ education, safe drinking water, environmental justice, and improved livelihoods. Typically, program officers live in or near the communities they serve.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer

CSR Officers ensure that organizations are accountable to the communities in which they do business. CSR Officers do this by developing, managing and continuously improving the company’s policies with respect to their environmental and social impact and mitigation efforts. CSR Officers develop strategy, ensure that it is followed in practice, and work with the public relations sector of the organization to communicate it to stakeholders.

Community Organizer

Community Organizers are responsible for spreading awareness and inciting engagement  for a cause in communities that are affected by that cause.  Duties might include recruiting and training volunteers, setting up fundraisers, attracting online attention, hosting information sessions, all to get public buy-in on the cause and the particular goals of their organization.

Policy Analyst

Policy Analysts work in the public sector, such as for state or federal government positions, or for private research organizations, think tanks, or consulting firms. Policy Analysts determine what company or legislative policies are working well and suggest improvements to make policies more effective. Policy Analysts help organizations and legislators to set and maintain goals, and track new policies to ensure they are having their intended impact in the world.

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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 synchronous and may be attended in person or remotely, from anywhere on earth. Classes are generally held during times that fall outside of sleeping and working hours, no matter where you are.

Regis University is a partner institution of the Global Association of MDPs, The Posner Center and Diné (Navajo) College.

How to Apply

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

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Resume
  • 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, 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.

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

Program tuition: $565 per credit hour
Total program credits: 42
Technology Fees: $62.50 for 3-credit classes, $21 for 1-credit classes

The Regis Development Practice department 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. Regis will work within its available resources to make participation in the program feasible for all qualified students.

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 the Posner Community. To learn more, contact your admissions counselor.

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. Admitted international students seeking financial support should submit a statement describing their economic situation, including income, obligations, and other factors to for consideration.

Important Dates

Priority Deadline (Domestic Applicants): 
March 1

This includes applicants seeking consideration for the Coverdell Fellowship and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Matching Award.

Priority Deadline (International Applicants):
April 15

Regular Deadline: July 15

Applications received after May 1 will be reviewed based on space available. Admissions decisions are finalized by July 15.

Program Start: Late August

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.

A Culture of Excellence

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