The Master's in Development Practice (MDP) program brings together talented students and faculty who have dedicated themselves to addressing the challenges of global poverty and defining new approaches to enhancing well-being for the under-resourced and socially-excluded. The Arizona MDP program emphasizes holistic, social justice-based approaches to pressing development challenges and prioritizes context-specific solutions.

As a practice-based professional degree program, we welcome students interested in gaining the skills and perspective necessary for work in the field of international and community development, as well as students with existing professional experience who wish to further hone their analytical and managerial skills and practice.

Find out more about our admissions process and read a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). 

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Contact Information

Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Program
School of Geography and Development
PO Box 210137
Tucson, AZ  85721
ENR2 South 4th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-1652 Phone
(520) 621-2889 Fax


MDP News

This Annual Report provides details on the activity of the Arizona MDP program in academic year 2018-2019, and includes numerous live links to the MDP website. Brief articles cover summer...

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Five MDP students were among those awarded grants for research, collaboration, and engagement relating to the UN ...

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On topics ranging from agricultural practices in Kenya and Mexico, to environmental protection in The Bahamas and Sierra Leone, to refugee services in Arizona, the food supply in Cambodia, and...

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