Development Practice

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The UC Berkeley Master of Development Practice (MDP) is an interdisciplinary professional degree program designed to prepare leaders to tackle the local, regional, and global challenges of the coming decades. Graduates aspire to careers “with meaning” in non-profit, business, and government organizations. Attracting experienced, engaged, and entrepreneurial students from around the world, its rigorous curriculum provides core scientific knowledge; skills in problem-solving, design, and management; analytical and decision-making tools; and integrative perspectives. The program’s foundational core curriculum is supplemented by each student’s customized specialization, drawing from the unparalleled breadth and depth of the world’s top public university. The Berkeley MDP’s focus is on practice with hands-on, experiential learning infused throughout the program. It emphasizes peer learning, enriched by a student cohort diverse in education, profession, and culture. Students have backgrounds across the sciences and humanities, and are consistently 40-50% international with alumni representing 26 nations.

The Berkeley MDP is a member of the Global Association of MDP programs – thirty-two graduate programs in nineteen countries – sharing a common approach and designed around a set of core capabilities developed through a year-long consultative process supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Development Practice.

Graduate Program

Development Practice: MDP (Master of Development Practice)

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Courses

Development Practice

Faculty and Instructors

+Indicates this person is a member of the MDP Executive Committee.

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Jennifer L. Bussell, Associate Professor. Comparative politics and political economy of development and governance in South Asia and Africa.
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+ Alain De Janvry, Professor. Agricultural & Resource Economics, Agriculture, poverty and inequality, quantitative analysis of development policies, impact analysis of social programs, technological innovations in agriculture, management of common property resources.
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+ Daniel Farber, Professor. Constitutional law, public choice and public law.
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Louise Fortmann, Professor. Natural resource sociology, agriculture and community natural resource management in east and southern Africa; conservation and environment, political ecology, property, and democratizing science.
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+ Paul Gertler, Professor. Impact assessment, poverty alleviation and economic growth.
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Wayne Marcus Getz, Professor. Population modeling epidemiology and resource wildlife management.
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+ Michael O'Hare, Professor. Arts Policy, Quantitative Methods, Environment, Public Management.
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Isha Ray, Associate Professor. Water and development; Gender, water and sanitation; technology and development.
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Thomas Reardon, Professor. Supply/value chains in sustainable development.
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+ Arthur L. Reingoldc, Professor. Epidemiology, emerging and re-emerging infections and vaccine preventable diseases in developing countries and the US.
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David Roland Holst, Adjunct Professor. Economics related to environment, development, agriculture, and international trade.
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George T. Scharffenberger, Lecturer, MDP Program Director. MDP Interactive Seminars.

Sofia Berto Villas-Boas, Associate Professor. Marketing & innovation.
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Glenn Yago, Senior Fellow & Founder, Milken Institute. Financial innovations for sustainable development -- capital markets, emerging and frontier markets, and environmental finance.
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+ David Zilberman, Associate Professor, MDP Faculty Director. Agricultural and environmental policy, the economics of innovation, risk, marketing, water, and pest control; biotechnology and climate change, political economy.
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Lecturer

Omar Romero-Hernandez, Lecturer. Project management.
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Susan Carpenter, Lecturer. Dispute resolution practitioner and conflict resolution.
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Mark Coopersmith, Senior Fellow Lecturer. Entrepreneurship.
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John Danner, Senior Fellow Lecturer. Entrepreneurship.
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Neil Popovic, Lecturer. International and environmental law.
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Frank Schultz, Lecturer. Business and social sector strategy.

Contact Information

Master of Development Practice

311 Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-1585

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Executive Director

David Zilberman, PhD

207 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-642-6570

Fax: 510-643-8911

zilber11@berkeley.edu

Program Director

George Scharffenberger

311B Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-0262

gscharffenberger@berkeley.edu

Student Services Advisor

Lauren M. Krupa

311A Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-1462

lkrupa@berkeley.edu

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