Degree overview

Please consult the Graduate Calendar for the Master of Development Practice (MDP) degree requirements.

The MDP program can be completed in 4-6 terms. Students will spend a minimum of 3 months in a field placement or internship. In the final term, after the field placement or internship, they have the opportunity to participate and present at the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) in New York.

The electives are normally completed in the second fall term. If a student opted for an extended program (i.e. more than 4 terms in total), then electives may be taken during both the fall and winter terms. Please consult the list of recommended electives.

To graduate, students are required to have a minimum GPA of 70%.

At a glance:

  • Coursework-based, core courses in-person starting September 2023
  • 16 months
  • 12 courses
  • 2 workshops
  • 4-month overseas placement

Program schedule

The core courses and the field placement are offered once per year on a set schedule. If students are extending the program, it is possible to take courses (except the field placement) out of sequence with approval from SEED. The following program schedule is for full-time students (4 terms).

Term Courses
Year 1


Pre-programme orientation (Sep)

INDEV 601 – Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice (Global Classroom from Columbia University)

INDEV 602 – International Development: Theory and Practice

INDEV 603 – Global Health

INDEV 604 – Sustainable Cities

INDEV 609 – Sustainability Concepts, Applications and Key Debates


INDEV 605 – Economics for Sustainable Development

INDEV 606 – Energy and Sustainability

INDEV 607 – Methods for Sustainable Development Practice: A Systems Approach

INDEV 608 – Water and Security


INDEV 611 – Field Placement*

Year 2


3 electives

Graduate Studies Practicum*

  • The Practicum (INDEV 611 Field Placement) is to be completed in term 3.
  • Students must complete 2 one‐day workshops from a choice of 3 workshops.

Note: If there is a discrepancy between the Graduate Calendar and the program schedule, the Graduate Calendar will take precedence and please notify the MDP Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Program Coordinator and Advisor
Master of Development Practice (MDP)