Our objective is to empower and support you through a combination of core and elective courses, skills development, and real-world practice. We support diverse, work-experience opportunities during the Development Practice program offered by Columbia University, including a 3-month professional placement, a client-oriented, team capstone project, and internships. Upon graduation, you will be ready to apply these competencies with leading organizations in the public, non-profit, and private sectors or create your own enterprise, as many of our students have done.
Who It's For
Are you motivated to act in the face of persistent social inequality, unsustainable environmental practices, conflict and poor governance, and widespread poverty? Are you committed to sustainability and resiliency as essential — not just desirable — attributes of a better society? Are you frustrated by the difficulty of putting good ideas into practice and of taking effective practices to scale? Are you seeking a practice-orientated, interdisciplinary, education experience that will enable you to reach your full potential as an agent of change? If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, the MPA-DP is very likely the right program for you.
“Business as usual” graduate programs in development prepare you for traditional careers in traditional development institutions. But the “development ecosystem” is rightly becoming more complex and increasingly inclusive of all countries and societies. While our graduates are regularly finding their way into the United Nations, the multilateral development banks, aid agencies, NGOs, and development consultancy firms, the door is opening in non-traditional areas. Big name management firms like McKinsey and Deloitte have lately been recruiting our graduates. State and local authorities in the United States have hired MPA-DPs to tackle urban development challenges. Other graduates have joined tech start-ups and impact investing firms, or have created their own social enterprises. Several of our alumni are currently enrolled in PhD programs. Career paths for development practitioners will continue to evolve and diversify. And we will support you towards the path that best meets your professional and personal goals.
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- Food Security, and Nutrition
- Disaster, Emergencies, and Crisis Management
- Gender, Human Rights, and Social Inclusion
- 21 months
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DisciplinesManagement, Organisation & Leadership International Development View 1526 other Masters in Management, Organisation & Leadership in United States
- Essay questions (Personal Statement, Short Essay, and/or Optional Essay)
- Video Essay
- Professional Resume/CV
- Quantitative & Language Resume/CV
- Letters of Recommendation
- Academic Transcripts
- $95.00 USD non-refundable Application Fee
International57476 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 28738 USD per semester and a duration of 21 months.
National57476 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 28738 USD per semester and a duration of 21 months.
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