Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development
The MDP: Indigenous Development is a unique program, offering significant advantages that set it apart from other graduate programs. In addition to completing a curriculum of inter-disciplinary course offerings, students in the MDP benefit from a prestigious international Indigenous Advisory Circle, a program orientation in a First Nations community, numerous skill-building workshops, one-on-one career counseling and the opportunity to meet and connect with numerous leaders in development who participate in the MDP as guest lecturers. They are immediately connected with an international network of development practitioners and receive partial financial support to travel to present at the annual MDP International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice, hosted by the Global MDP Association and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network at Columbia University.
Importantly, MDP organizes and coordinates the two required field placements. The program ensures that students receive significant financial assistance towards field placements. This support ensures that students can select their placements based upon their career and learning objectives rather than their personal financial consideration. For more information please contact the MDP Coordinator. The MDP provides a pre-departure orientation, with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural competency, and a public symposium upon their return, where students share their experiences with the wider community.
The direct costs of the program amounts to more than $20,000.00 per year per student. MDP is committed to ensuring that the program is financially accessible to all qualified students. Our goal is to continue to offer the unique and complex program that we do and to continue to increase our financial support to students.
Since its inception, no MDP student at the University of Winnipeg has paid full tuition. While we cannot guarantee specific funding amounts until offers of acceptance are made each year, past practice suggests that all accepted students can count on significant financial support, near 50 percent of tuition, for each year of the two-year program. This is thanks to ongoing fundraising, generous donations, program support, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the University of Winnipeg's Awards and Financial Aid Office. We do not accept more students into the program than the number for whom we can provide significant funding.
Through the CN IRC and the Graduate Studies Office, prospective, newly accepted and continuing students are strongly encouraged and actively mentored to apply for prestigious external awards, such as the Manitoba Graduate Scholarship and the UW Graduate Studies Scholarship. To date, MDP students have consistently been among those awarded these scholarships. Please see the GSO page for more information on these awards.
- The total annual fee, including tuition and student fees for the 2016-2017 academic year is $20,767.16. Please see the Graduate Studies page for information regarding the Program's fees.
- There are no differential international student fees associated with the MDP program.
- The cost for part-time study is prorated.
For information on possibilities for financial support please see the Student Financial Support page.