Admissions and Financial Aid

Admissions and Financial Aid

The selection process consists of three steps:

  1. Application for admission: those interested must register, and deliver all the required documentation to formally start the admission process to the program.
  2. Exam: the exam, called PAEP, is offered by Universidad de Los Andes on the established dates. Other exams that are considered valid for international students are the GMAT or GRE, as long as they are less than 2 years old.
  3. Personal Interview with the Director of the Program and/or faculty member.

Once these three stages have been completed, the Selection Committee of the School of Management’s Graduate School analyzes each application individually and decides whether the candidate is admitted or not." 

Admissions Calendar

Application Deadline


PAEP Entrance Exam

March, 2020

List of Interviews Published

April, 2020


April, 2020

List of Admitted Students Published

April, 2020

Classes Start

August 13, 2029

Admissions Process and Required Documents

  • Pay a non refundable application fee of COP 420.000 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 (CV) 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 important in the selection process. We recommend that you devote enough time to write your essay. It shall contain 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. It shall 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:
    • 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 your essay to be 800-1,000 words long.
    • 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. The School of Management at Universidad de Los Andes will use the PAEP Entrance Exam, which is a standardized test that assesses 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).

Finally, you will have an 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).

Information for foreign students

According to Decree 1067 of May 26, 2015, and Resolution 714 of June 12, 2015, issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is mandatory for foreign students who are going to study in Colombia, to have a student visa or another type of Visa that allows them to study. The visa must be presented to the Office of Admissions and Registration (window 4), or sent to, to comply with this legal requirement. It is important to do this before printing your registration receipt. Additionally, Colombian Law requires foreigners and minors who have a visa for over 3 months to carry the foreigner identification card as an identity document. Migración Colombia is the national authority issuing this document.

Remember that you must apply for your visa well in advance in order to avoid inconveniences in the payment and registration of your application. If you want to know more about the visa process in Colombia, you can obtain further information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: If you have any questions about the visa process, please call us at 3394949 Ext. 2211 - 2298 or contact us by e-mail at