Regis College, Master of Development Practice at Regis University

Why you should consider this program

Did Your Peace Corps Service Inspire You to Do More? The Regis MDP is the place for you! The Regis MDP combines the best of theory and real-world application for a truly innovative graduate degree. We are proud to welcome Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) as Coverdell Fellows to enter this extraordinary program, where your knowledge and experience will find a home within our applied graduate studies.

In three years, Fellows complete eleven seminar courses, three skills courses, a Field Placement, and Thesis Final Project to satisfy degree requirements. The Coverdell Internship requirement is fulfilled by the Field Placement component of the MDP program. Field Placements may occur within an organization, sector, and/or region of student interest, and prepare graduates to enter or move forward in their professional development careers.

Because the Regis MDP prepares students to collaborate effectively with a variety of development actors from an integrated, inter-sectoral and global perspective, Regis extends scholarships, learning resources, and connectivity support to RPCVs wherever they are in the world. With comprehensive online resources, 24/7 access to global library resources, and dynamic presentations of all courses, this program engages people where they live, observe, and experience development challenges. No one needs to reside in Denver to participate in the program.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 23,792 $ 3,380 $ 20,412
Out of state $ 23,792 $ 3,380 $ 20,412
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

15% waiver on total tuition and fees + application fee waiver

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Coverdell Fellows in the Regis MDP are woven into the Posner Center for International Development network, with opportunity for field placements with organizations in the practitioner community. Immersion in this network also provides exposure to the hub of development activity in Denver.

Application fee waived?



In three years, Fellows complete eleven seminar courses, three skills courses, a Field Placement, and a Capstone Final Project to satisfy degree requirements. Field Placements may occur within an organization, sector, and/or region of student interest, and prepare graduates to enter or move forward in their professional development careers. In certain circumstances, the Coverdell Internship requirement may be fulfilled by this component of the program.

Jobs for program alumni

The Regis MDP aspires to prepare practitioners to excel within organizations where they are already working, or launch projects with purpose. Many students come into the program already employed. Therefore, Regis MDP alumni have been promoted within their respective development organizations. For example, we have seem program officers becomes program managers or directors, both locally and abroad. Alumni have also gone on to implement programs they proposed as part of their final thesis project. As the culminating experience in the program, the thesis project is an opportunity for students to utilize all they have learned in their coursework to create a program model with applicability to real-world development situations. The proposals often serve as a launch pad for graduates’ next step in their careers.   

Other details

Program length

3 years, including Summer course work in Development Skills, Field Placement, and culminating Thesis

Application requirements

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Current resume
  • Completed essay prompt
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript. If your undergraduate degree is from outside the U.S., a course-by-course International Credential Evaluation is required.
  • International Credential Evaluation* - Submit an official academic, course-by-course transcript evaluation of foreign educational undergraduate credentials from one of the approved agencies, found at NACES® is an association of independent, nongovernmental organizations providing credential evaluation services to individuals who have completed part or all of their education outside the United States. Through stringent membership requirements, NACES® ensures that its members are dedicated to ethical standards and providing high-quality, reliable evaluations that are prepared with integrity

If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language requirement via the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent English language test.

Minimum scores for English language competency tests are as follows:

TOEFL: Internet-based - 87

TOEFL: Computer-based - 227

TOEFL: Paper-based - 567


Cambridge: First Certificate in English (FCE), minimum Grade B

Cambridge: First Certificate in English (FCE)

If your undergraduate degree was taught in English but obtained in a country outside the U.S., an official letter from your university’s registrar’s office stating your university taught courses in English will suffice as proof of English language competency. Send this official letter or proof of English proficiency through one of the above to:

Regis University
          Office of Admissions
          Mail Code: A-12
          3333 Regis Boulevard
          Denver, CO 80221-1099

Admissions process

Prospective students should inform MDP staff of their Coverdell Fellows status during their intake interview.

Program begins

Late August

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
  • Low residency or distance learning
  • Online degree program

All MDP courses may be attended remotely or in-person.  Our program is designed for working professionals and offers a blended format, with students attending both in-person in the Global Classroom in Denver, as well as virtually via videoconference call. Classes are live and engage an international student body at each meeting.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Amanda Filipczuk, Program Coordinator

Posner Center for International Development
1031 33rd Street, Regis University MDP: Ste. 242
Denver, Colorado 80205