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Development Practice

Master of Development Practice

Discover and implement solutions to today's global challenges. 

The Regis 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, synchronous online environment from anywhere in the world. The MDP program can be completed in 2-3 years, and program starts are offered once a year in late August.

Program Snapshot

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

Credits for Completion
42 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$540 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

Community Development Specialist

Community Development Specialists work with a variety of clients includies individuals, families and communities. They serve as an liaison for the client and the parties the client is working or developing a partnership with.


Government Consultant

Government Consultants provide advice to the government or government-affilitated entities in their field of expertise. They provide knowledge and guidance in all phases of the implementation process.


Nonprofit Director

Nonprofit Directors have duties in line with those who are CEOs. They oversee daily operations and communicate with department heads.Nonprofit Directors have duties in line with those who are CEOs.


NGO Officer

Non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, are independent groups focused on humanitarian and activist causes around the world. NGO officers do human rights work and advocate on a variety of topics including environmental justice. NGO officers should expect to promote political and social change.


Economic Development Advisor

Economic Development Advisors normally work for companies or organizations that are looking to improve and grow financially. The main goal of an Economic Development Advisor when working with a company or organization is to grow their donor list and make systematic changes.


Development Officer

The main purpose of Development Officers is to fundraise and receive donations from donors. Developmental Officers have a variety of possible employers such as businesses, universities, or private organizations.


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Learn from anywhere in the world.

All Regis MDP courses occur in the 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 College.

How to Apply

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

  • Completed online application
  • Official bachelor's degree-bearing transcript
  • Resume
  • Essay responding to the essay prompt

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.

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: $540 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.

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

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 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.