Sciences Po – Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)

MDP Director: 
Mark Maloney



The Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) is a one-year program (including an August Bootcamp, two full semesters, a winter session and a summer session) offered through the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, more commonly known as Sciences Po. Students receive 120 ECTS credits at the end of the course. Directed towards young professionals with substantial work experience, the program endows students with the substantive knowledge required to analyze and address cross-sector challenges to development, such as malnutrition, absolute poverty, energy regulation, climate change and infectious disease control. In addition to the MDP core curriculum and Global Classroom, the program offers concentrations in Environment and Health, as well as Emerging Economies, Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Methods, Migrations, and Project Management. The PSIA MDP also offers the opportunity for a regional concentration, including Africa, Latin America, China & East Asia and South & Central Asia.

The MDP program draws on the expertise of Sciences Po’s research centers and of PSIA’s dynamic faculty, which consists of world-renowned scholars and practitioners. Acquiring interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills enables graduates to work across various sectors to design and manage integrated development interventions and to implement appropriate policies to support sustainable development. In keeping with Sciences Po’s centennial tradition of excellence, PSIA offers a cutting-edge education to tomorrow’s leaders in international affairs, with 1300 students coming from 100 countries at present within the PSIA student body.

“Rethinking and retooling development practices is the aim of our selective MDP program, which is devoted to those who have been engaged in the field and are willing to revisit their own professional experience with a cutting-edge education.” Ghassan Salamé, Dean of PSIA