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The UF MDP builds solid disciplinary competencies but also emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach that integrates theory, practice and skills training. The two-year MDP curriculum combines discipline-specific foundational core courses with specialization courses.


Core Courses (minimum 24 credits) provide disciplinary competency within the natural, social, health and management sciences. Select any course below to view its syllabus.

Social SciencesHealth Sciences Natural SciencesManagement SkillsField Practicum/
Capstone Courses
LAS 6943/AFS 6305: Global Classroom: Development Theory & Practice

LAS 6938/AFS 6307: Foundations of Economic Analysis for Sustainable Development

AEB 6933: Economic Development in Latin America
PHC 6764: Global Public Health and Development I

Students select a second Global Health and Development course from a short list of approved courses
AGR 5277C: Tropical Cropping Systems


GEO 6938: Parks & People

EVR 5705: Natural Resource Management and Innovation Systems
LAS 6291: Communication & Leadership Skills

LAS 6046/AFS 6303: Development Administration
LAS 6049/AFS 6062: Design & Methods for Sustainable Development Practice

LAS 6047/AFS 6346: Conservation and Development Practicum
Elective Courses (21 credits) are selected in one or more areas of specialization, and can be utilized to earn approved graduate certificate(s), minors, or concentrations. Some students create their own specializations. Click here to view a current list of Graduate School Certificates.
Opportunities for student specializations are many and include, but are not limited to, the following:

Students use the MDP Study Plan to plan their programs and track progress towards fulfilling program requirements.

MDP Study Plan