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, both internationally and domestically within the US.  

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.

For an overview of the activities of the Arizona MDP, please read our Annual Report for Academic Year 2018-2019. You can also read testimonials about the program from students and alumni.

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

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or to schedule a visit if you are a prospective student. 

We encourage Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows! Read more about our current Coverdell Fellows.

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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


In summer and fall 2019, MDP students received a number of fellowships, graduate assistantships, research funds, and other honors and awards.


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The Tucson metro area is a dynamic, multicultural region that draws on Latino, Native American, and numerous other influences and is one of the largest urban centers in the desert Southwest.  But...

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