MacArthur Foundation Announces Development of New MDP Programs
Individuals looking to return to school in order to prepare for a career working with the base of the pyramid often struggle in deciding which degree (MBA, MPH, MPA, MS) makes the most sense. In the past students have had to make a large investment in their education before truly knowing what sector is the best fit for them, others end up choosing to go the dual degree route. A Master’s in Development Practice (MDP), seems to combine many of the more traditional Master’s programs in order to allow students to think across fields and develop a broader spectrum of skills.
Yesterday the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that it will be giving $5.6 million to ten universities in eight different countries to create MDP programs. The degree will include an education from a combination of numerous fields such as social, health and natural sciences, as well as management. These grants are the final set of a larger $16 million investment by MacArthur to create new Master’s programs in sustainable development. 400 graduates per year are expected by 2013.
The universities to create new MDP programs are:
BRAC University (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
The Institute of Political Sciences (Paris, France)
Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (Turrialba, Cost Rica)
Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)
Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, California)
University of California, Davis (Davis, California)
University of Peradeniya (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)
University of Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Canada)
LikLike the Columbia University’s Earth Institute and other MDP programs, the curriculum will be open-access with a focus on practical application, and include extensive operational experiences.