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Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development


Do Development Differently

A global, interdisciplinary, professional program, the Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development (MDP) builds the skills required to be a successful practitioner of sustainable development.  Indigenous knowledge and experience are at the core of an innovative curriculum that cuts across health, management, natural and social sciences. The 24-month course-based program is eminently practical. In the 54 credit-hours of classes, problem-solving, case studies, group projects and critical self-reflection are emphasized and in-class assignments are designed to build the skills needed to be an effective development practitioner. With two field-placements- one in Canada and one international- students have the opportunity to put their learning into practice, gain important development experience and establish important connections with organizations engaged in indigenous development around the world.

Share your knowledge and build on these practical experiences through the CN Indigenous Resource Centre. The Centre’s Employment Counselor provides invaluable professional advice for students wanting to pursue a career in indigenous development.

Join a prestigious global network of students, alumni and development organizations linked together by the MDP Secretariat at Columbia University in New York City. With MDP programs on every continent, and collaborating organizations ranging from local and regional governmental and non-governmental public and private organizations, to large, multi-national agencies, UWinnipeg MDP students have an instant global network.