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13 Jan 2020
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Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management

Master in Development Management


Building prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable societies requires capable and adaptive development managers. These agents of change can lead diverse teams in complex situations to address development’s most pressing issues in an efficient and effective manner.

The Master in Development Management (MDM) program is designed to produce such leaders. This 12-month intensive, innovative, and practitioner-oriented program is intended for students interested in building the skillset required for critically analyzing data, understanding today’s key development problems, and learning how to design evidence-based strategic solutions that create public value and sustain public good.

MDM combines coursework with field exposure, enabling students to bridge the gap between theory and practice through experiential learning. The core curriculum adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the study of development management, including various disciplines and fields such as economics, statistics, finance, marketing, operations management, strategic management, people and leadership management, as well as program development, management, monitoring, and evaluation.

Program at a Glance

The MDM program is designed to develop leaders who solve problems, inspire change, and collaborate effectively.

  • Term 1
  • Term 2
  • Term 3

In the first term, students are taught how to understand the development environment and operating context as well as the challenges and opportunities they will face.

  • Describing the development environment: factors, trends, challenges, and opportunities
  • Building functional skills in finance, economics, and statistics
  • Identifying the needs and wants of customers, clients, beneficiaries, and stakeholders
  • Acquiring the skills to manage complex human behavior and operations

In the second term, students are taught leadership and strategic management skills in development, including assessing performance, formulating strategies, and engaging in evidence-based decision-making.

  • Strategic management and systems thinking in development
  • Developing the skills and tools to lead and create public value in the 21st century
  • Designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating development programs and project
  • Deepening management knowledge, applying skills and experience to inspire change

In the final term, students are taught how to integrate functions, skills, and resources to achieve development results

  • Integrating functional skills and specialization
  • Major in Public Policy Management
  • Major in Sustainable Development Management
  • Maximizing value creation and sustaining development efforts


What kind of time commitment does the course require?

The MDM program requires that students be enrolled full-time.

How much is the tuition fee?

US$ 19,500 (Payment in Philippine pesos accepted, per current exchange rate)

Do I have to pay the entire tuition fee before classes start?

Tuition can be paid in full, in two installments, or in modular terms. Alternatively, students may also pay a reservation fee before the enrollment deadline, which will be deducted from the total fee. For details call +63.2.892.4011 ext. 1851, or e-mail

Are scholarships available?

Yes. These are limited and are available on a competitive basis.

Am I qualified to take up a Master in Development Management

The minimum qualifications for MDM are:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from a nationally recognized university or institute of higher learning
  • Three years’ full-time work experience, preferably at the supervisory or managerial level
  • Proficiency in oral and written English. Candidates from non-English speaking countries need an IELTS Band 7 score to be admitted to the program. Candidates from non-English speaking countries with a score between IELTS Band 6 and Band 7 can still apply, but need — when accepted into the program — to register for extra English classes.

What do I need to submit to apply for the MDM program?

  • Accomplished online application form:
  • AIM Admissions Test, GMAT, or GRE Official Score Report
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript of Academic Records
  • Certified true copy of Bachelor’s Degree or other Post-Graduate Diplomas
  • Professional recommendation (if self-employed, submit a Certificate of Business Registration instead)
  • Application essay
  • Copy of Passport ID page or any government-issued ID

Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the faculty on a mutually convenient date.


Of Scholarship Eligibility

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence. To achieve our vision of being the global source of ASEAN insights, talent, and leadership, we aim to have representation from the region’s vibrant pool of aspiring graduates.

By providing both full and partial scholarships, we contribute to the development of exceptionally qualified students who can enrich discussions in our case rooms, encourage wider worldviews, and contribute to their own business communities and societies.

AIM scholarships are very competitive. The Institute reserves the right to not award these scholarships if no suitable, outstanding candidate is identified.


  • Excellent academic record
  • Exceptional people skills
  • Great leadership potential
  • Strong professional achievements and career trajectory
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
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"The decision to become a development professional starts with a heart of concern for fellow human beings. At AIM, we provide you the capacity to create knowledge and competence to complement that heart."

Kenneth Hartigan-Go
Head, Stephen Zuellig School of Development Management (ZSDM)

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