Development Practice

University of California, Berkeley


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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Development Practice

Contact Information

Master of Development Practice

311 Wellman Hall #3114

Phone: 510-642-1585

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Executive Director

David Zilberman, PhD

207 Giannini Hall

Phone: 510-642-6570

Fax: 510-643-8911

Program Director

George Scharffenberger

311B Wellman Hall

Phone: 510-642-0262

Director of Career and Student Services

Lisa Robinson

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