The MDP programme is a full time programme. However, it has been designed for those who are already working. Lectures hold Thursdays to Saturdays. The intensive coursework is for the first nine months. Thereafter, students embark on both local and foreign field trips to international development projects including those of the millennium village projects in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal for a period of not less than six weeks combined.. Students are also expected to undertake internship of not less than 12 weeks in an organization working on development related activities.