Break Barriers, Build Bridges: Discover the Regis MDP

Be the change you wish to see.

In times of trouble and uncertainty, it’s understandable to focus your attention on yourself and your immediate situation. It’s also tempting to want to turn the news off, close out the world and lose yourself in a Netflix-fueled daydream. But now, more than ever, it’s become clear that the entire planet is interconnected — an event in one country can have huge implications on the other side of the world just weeks later.

If you’re looking to become a positive force in a rapidly changing world, look no further than the Master of Development Practice program at Regis University. Communities around the world are facing unprecedented challenges — food insecurity, climate change, inequality, water shortages and natural disasters. At the same time, there has never been a greater opportunity to improve the material conditions and quality of life for billions of people.

At Regis University, we understand that tackling these global challenges requires diverse perspectives and fiercely original thinking. That’s why we approach development from multiple angles, including health, engineering, climate, economics, culture, gender and politics. Our program gives you the tools and experience you need to successfully partner with global communities and empower real, lasting and positive change.

Choose Your Specialization

We’re excited to announce that the Regis MDP program now offers two optional specialization tracks, allowing students to gain advanced skills and in-depth knowledge in either education or environment.

Education Specialization

Acquire an in-depth perspective on primary and secondary schooling in a range of settings, both formal and informal, as well as tertiary school support, particularly for refugee populations. You’ll understand how education and development go hand-in-hand, as communities build business skills and promote health initiatives such as sanitation and hygiene programs.

Environment Specialization

Explore community contexts and help foster the conditions for all relevant stakeholders to participate in the creation of pathways that lead to human and environmental thriving. You’ll gain relevant skills in GIS and environmental assessment reporting, environmental policy, human-environment interface and more.


The world is our classroom. We broadcast our classes live from The Posner Center in Denver, meaning you can attend in person or from anywhere on Earth with a stable internet connection. Over the course of 2-3 years, you’ll learn with and from students of all ages, who come from a wide diversity of cultures, geographic locations and life experiences.

Regis University’s mission and values deeply influence our program, with an emphasis on social justice, environmental stewardship and sustainable development initiatives. If you aren’t ready to commit to a full graduate program, we have another option. Check out our Graduate Certificate in Development Practice, which includes four foundational seminar courses and three skill modules from our catalog of interdisciplinary offerings. All credits earned in the certificate program are transferable to the MDP.

If you’re ready to become a force for good, then it’s time to get in touch with a Regis admissions counselor and apply today.

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