MPA in Development Practice

Master of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) Curriculum

During the school year, students undertake coursework in a wide range of disciplines and sectors. This classroom education is supplemented by a three-month professional summer field placement. The program's core courses teach students the skills and professional knowledge needed to effectively address ongoing sustainable development challenges.

Students must complete a minimum of 54 points (and a maximum of 72 points) to be considered for graduation.

  • 30.5 points in the core curriculum, including two 0.25-point professional development courses
  • 15 points of any combination of courses from the Sustainable Development Focus Areas
  • 8.5 points (minimum) of electives
  • 12 weeks professional summer placement

Contact Us

Glenn DenningProfessor of Professional Practice
Director of the MPA in Development Practice 
gd2147@columbia.edu

Andre Correa d'Almeida
Assistant Director of the MPA in Development Practice 
ac3133@columbia.edu