In the recent decades, the development sector has witnessed many new ideas, models, schemes, and practices that require professional inputs from fields like technology, management, physical sciences, data sciences, and social sciences. In view of this need, many organizations — government, philanthropic, and even private have started what are often termed as ‘fellows programs’. Officials from foundations and other stakeholder organizations, who are associated with such fellows’ programs, had been suggesting that CTARA help their volunteers/ fellows in making effective use of their fellowship experience by developing an academic program. This will help these fellows to continue serving the development sector which is in the dire need of such a professional work-force. In response to this need expressed by stakeholders, CTARA has now launched a one-year ‘Master in Development Practice’ program.

Program Objective

To professionally equip young development practitioners, having some field-experience, by building their academic and analytical abilities as well as professional skills that are required for becoming an effective and efficient practice-professional in the development sector. 

Key Program Features

  • The duration of this full-time program is about one year and will be conducted primarily in the online interactive mode with some in-person modules.
  • The program is designed especially for persons who have total cumulative work experience of at least 24 months in field-based activities in the development sector.
  • Apart from the course work, the program requires a student to complete an independent MDP project under the mentorship of an IIT Bombay faculty.
  • The program is open for students who either are sponsored by an organization or are self-sponsored.