MDP Program Structure

The Master in Development Pratice - Sustainable Rural Development (MDP) program will be taught in English and will be accredited by both the Hebrew University and the Global MDP Association.

Students will benefit from a supportive academic environment at the Hebrew University’s International School, Department of Environmental Economics and Management and The Department of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources in Agriculture, along with other selected academic departments.
The Jerusalem Institute-Milken Innovation Center will provide close research supervision and practical training by the academic director of the program. The Center will also provide research and training staff to instruct and lend support in all aspects of students’ Fellowship training in sustainable development. This will include the preparatory training operation and orientation, core and elective courses in sustainable development finance, monthly problem solving and skill workshops (first year), research practicum seminar (second year), and supervision for all field internships and project implementation plans.

The program’s intensive training includes:

  • A pre-session (preparatory, gap-filling coursework).
  • Core, mandatory and elective academic courses.
  • A monthly workshop on skill development and problem solving for innovation applications at the Jerusalem Institute-Milken Innovation Center.
  • A weekly research practicum seminar at the Jerusalem Institute-Milken Innovation Center.
  • An individual project implementation plan.

In the second year, MDP students will intern four days a week with one of the following: governmental initiatives (ministries, public-private partnership, or agency), businesses, social enterprises, and NGOs working on sustainable development.

Tentative MDP program (as of January 2018)


A two-week preparatory workshop (preceding the first semester of the program) will include intensive review of key areas, skills training, orientation and a study tour of regional sustainable development projects relating to the core and concentration topics

First year

Each semester consists of approx. 15 hours a week of core and mandatory courses for a total of about 30 Hebrew University credits

Core courses include:

Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice

Financial Innovations for Sustainable Economic Development

Development and Public Health

Economics of Growth and Development

Introduction to Economics of Natural Resources

Skill Training Workshop (offered by Milken Innovation Center)

Mandatory courses include:

Econometrics A

Selected Aspects of the Economics of Natural Resources

Environmental Economics

Strategic Judgment and Decision Making

Summer semester

Ahead of their second year project implementation plan and internship, students will conceive an implementable project in Israel or their home country in their target area of development practice (food/agriculture, energy, water, and health).

Second year

Elective courses (about 10 Hebrew University credits)

Research Practicum Seminar (offered by Milken Innovation Center)

4 days a week of internship

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Noa Schwarzwald, E-mail: , Phone: +972-8-9489996