Admissions and Financial Aid

Admissions and Financial Aid

Student Profile

MDP applicants have at least three years of professional work experience in any sector or academic discipline. They are interested in global and local sustainable development challenges and seek to become managers and leaders who make decisions that show responsibility with regard to the natural environment and human communities. Their commitment to sustainable development is evidenced in their work or personal experience.

Admissions Process

The admissions process consists of three basic steps:

  • Application: Fill out application, pay application fee, and submit all required documents to formally initiate your admissions process to the program.
  • Exam: Take the exam administered by the Universidad de los Andes on the specified dates. International students may submit their GMAT or GRE scores, provided the scores are less than two years old.
  • Personal Interview: To be conducted with the Program Director and/or tenured professors from the School.

Once these three steps have been completed, the Graduate Admissions Committee of the School of Management individually analyzes each application to determine admission to the program.

Admissions Calendar

Deadline for Applications and Submission of Documents

October 21, 2015

Entrance Exam

October 24, 2015

List of Interviews Published (6:00 p.m.)

November 13, 2015

Interviews

November 17 - 27, 2015

List of Admitted Students Published

December 4, 2015

Start of Classes

*August 2016

Admissions Process and Required Documents

  • Pay non refundable application fee of COP 375.000 here. Print application fee receipt and attach to documents.
  • Fill out all sections of the Application form online here. Print it out and attach to documents.
  • Two (2) photographs, including the one on the form, with your name written on the back
  • Certified copies of diplomas or graduation certificates accrediting your undergraduate degrees
  • Official transcripts (original or certified copy) with weighted average for each semester for all professional degrees. If you are an international student, this document must have an apostille.
  • Resume that includes work history from the past four jobs (company, position, time, and brief description of duties), noteworthy skills and personal characteristics, and academic information not included in the application
  • Personal statement clearly explaining the academic, professional, and personal reasons that have led you to apply to the Master of Development Management and Practice program. This essay is especially important in the selection process. We recommend that you devote sufficient time to crafting an essay that contains the points that you consider important for your application process, including your academic and professional experience, professional goals after completing the Master's, and the return on investment that you expect to receive from your training in Development Management and Practice. We recommend that your essay be 800-1,000 words long.
  • If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, in addition to the above essay, you must write two more essays:
  • I) An essay describing a specific development project that you have been working on and which you expect to be strengthened as a result of your training and experience with the MDP. Clearly identify the impact of the project you choose, its area of influence, goals, and how it contributes to development issues. Describe the impact that you expect your training with the MDP to have on this project over the next five years. In addition, candidates will be expected to make clear how and why effective change is being made on the living conditions of the communities or individuals involved in the project. They must also describe the interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach of the strategy that is being implemented. We recommend that your essay be 800-1,000 words long.
  • II) An essay explaining the reasons why you should receive the scholarship. We recommend that your essay not exceed 800 words.
  • A letter of recommendation from a supervisor or professor filled out on the attached form, sent in an envelope sealed and signed by the evaluator. Download the recommendation form here.

These documents must be submitted at the Centro de Atención Integrada (CAI), Calle 18A # 0-33 Este, Bloque E, piso 1, Bogotá, Colombia (open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.).

Prepare thoroughly and in advance for the PAEP entrance exam at the LASPAU website, with the Tec de Monterrey course, and with the book Ejercicios de práctica PAEP, which can be obtained at the University’s bookstore.

Entrance Exam

The entrance exam will be administered following the application. For the first registration deadline for the 2013 cohort, the School of Management at the Universidad de los Andes will use the PAEP Entrance Exam, which is a standardized test that evaluates the following:

  • Verbal aptitude: Antonyms, sentence completion, analogies, and reading comprehension (traditional analysis and critical analysis)
  • Math and science: Arithmetic, geometry, algebra, calculus, probability, physics, chemistry, and biology
  • Cognitive abilities: Sequences and logical relationships, transformations, and logical reasoning
  • Writing: Structure, use of vocabulary, syntactic complexity, and composition
  • English (as a work tool): Structure, function words, and reading comprehension.

Take the PAEP entrance exam at the University in Bogotá on the date specified in the admissions calendar (at the end of this section).

Participate in the admissions interview within the range of dates specified in the admissions calendar (at the beginning of this section). You will be notified of the exact date of your appointment via email and/or online (Specializations, News section, List of Interviews).

English Requirement

Upon program completion, students must certify their knowledge and skills in English through one of the following certificates: TOEFL (80/120 minimum), IELTS (6.5/9 minimum), or through an exam offered by the University. To this end, the University offers elective courses in English through the Department of Languages and Sociocultural Studies during the program to help students meet this requirement.

MDP applicants have at least three years of professional work experience in any sector or academic discipline. They are interested in global and local sustainable development challenges and seek to become managers and leaders who make decisions that show responsibility with regard to the natural environment and human communities. Their commitment to sustainable development is evidenced in their work or personal experience.