Master of Development Management and Practice

General Information

General Information

Why should you pursue a Master’s in Development Practice?

One of the most urgent current challenges in our society is achieving sustainable development in the face of global poverty, political and ethnic conflict, a degrading natural resource base, and irreversible climate change. The Master's in Development Practice is designed to meet that challenge through flexibility, internationalization, assurance of learning, and contact with public and private sectors as well as NGOs.

The Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) is an interdisciplinary master’s degree, which effectively trains leaders of the public, private, and non-governmental sector in sustainability perspectives and management tools to strengthen their skills in decision-making, social and environmental strategy, leadership, communication, and intercultural abilities among others. 


This master’s degree combines hands-on learning and field experience with rigorous training in management, natural sciences, and social sciences, to contribute to long-term local and regional sustainable development. The cornerstone of the MDP curriculum is the field practicum experiences in which the students work in teams to apply the contents they learn in the program

Eligible Candidates

Potential MDP candidates can be professionals in any sector or academic discipline who are interested in global and local sustainable development challenges and want to become managers and leaders who make decisions that show responsibility concerning the natural environment and human communities. It is not required to have any previous work experience.

What do our graduates do?

The MDP graduate is a professional capable of understanding the problems of development from a critical perspective. He/she is also able to mobilize collective actions from various organizations and proposes solutions that effectively articulate the different dimensions of sustainable development.

Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Development Practice (MDP)

Double degree between the Master's Degree in Environmental Management (MEM) and the Master's Degree in Practice of Development (MDP)

Since 2016, both master’s degrees share 50% of the credits through their core courses on sustainable development and management, while offering different outputs. Thus the two programs have some identical learning objectives but their graduate profiles are established by the specific objectives of each program

Like most masters degrees at Universidad de Los Andes, the MEM and the MDP are now 42-credit programs. Thus, 21 of the credits of each master's degree are valid for both MGA students and MDP students. 

Fieldwork – MDP Practice

The MDP through its students and teachers in interaction with local peers, seeks to promote academic work through the realization of Fieldwork in which they develop from the knowledge and experience contributions to the main problems and development opportunities. Students make two field trips. For the fieldwork there are three fundamental stages: Identification of the problem, the development of the proposal and the implementation of the tools, knowledge, skills and competences in the field. Good identification is critical because it establishes the axis on which the student or group of students will work their project during the rest of the curriculum. To identify a problem, the intuitive skills or experience of the students are not enough, but a methodology must be followed. 

The follow-up of the method and the integration of the learning of the courses of Organizations management and Strategic Management, offer the student the tools to present a practical proposal that is viable and that has an impact on the organization. 


Diana Marcela Puerta López
Program Director MEM y MDP
Telephone number (571) 339 4949 ext. 2335

María Angélica Fajardo
Program Coordinator MEM y MDP
Telephone number 3394949 Ext. 1180

Attention line: 571-3324144 
Skype: mgaymdp.adm
Address Carrera 1 No 19-27, Edificio Aulas, Oficina LA 103
Bogotá, Colombia


Bogotá, Colombia