Development Practice

University of Waterloo

Master On Campus
18 months
23824 CAD/year
4832 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Development Practice program offered by the University of Waterloo is a professional course-based program which positions graduates as global development professionals.



The Development Practice program offered by the University of Waterloo prepares students to better identify and address the challenges of extreme poverty and sustainable development through excellent course offerings. With a focus on sustainable development, the MDP offers courses from four intersecting areas: health, natural, social, and management sciences.

Field placements are a critical component of the MDP program and allows students to gain real-world practical experience in the development sector before graduating.

Waterloo has an ever-growing network of partners available at grassroots organizations to international institutions. Waterloo also works in partnership with 36 universities and organizations around the world through the Global Association of MDP programs. This association equips students with networking opportunities, job postings, career panels, and research and publication opportunities.

Our graduates work as:

  • Education Co-ordinator, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
  • Co-ordinator, The Hunger Project Canada
  • Executive Director, Thrive Uganda
  • Director, United Nations Association in Canada
  • Agriculture Consultant, Associations des Unions Maraichere des Niayes

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice (Global Classroom from Columbia University)
  • International Development: Theory and Practice
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Sustainability Concepts, Applications and Key Debates

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year Honours Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a recognized university in a humanities, social science, health, engineering, environmental science, or business discipline, and have a minimum of 75% overall standing in the last two years of study.
  • Two references: one academic and one professional, or two academic or two professional. One must be from a referee who can attest to the applicant's leadership competencies
  • Transcripts
  • References
  • Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
  • Resume, letter, writing sample
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Sponsorship
  • Portfolio

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23824 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11912 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    4832 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2416 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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Development Practice
University of Waterloo


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