Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management

Master in Development Management

Change for Good

The Master in Development Management (MDM) is a full-time, 12-month program that prepares development executives to lead public agencies, civil society organizations, or private companies with public service units. Under the program, students learn how to achieve sustainable success for their respective organizations.

Graduates of this course come from within and beyond Asia. It's a diverse mix that makes learning within the program a unique academic experience. MDM provides students a gateway to Asian leadership and management, and a solid position within Asian organizational networks.

Gain the benefits of the triple-bottom line approach

The world has changed, and with it, business. Profit is no longer the sole barometer for success. To stay relevant, a business needs to embrace sustainability and adopt a triple-bottomline approach — that is, focus on people, the planet, and profit.

The program is also aligned with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Each goal, which covers matters ranging from ending poverty to creating sustainable communities, contains specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. The different courses under the MDM program are designed to address these goals.

Courses and Terms

This intensive program is comprised of three terms, containing the following courses:

  • Term 1
  • Term 2
  • Term 3
  • Scanning the Development Environment
  • The Development Manager as a Visionary
  • Understanding Development Trends, Organizations, and Stakeholders
  • Understanding the Language of Management
  • Integrating Functional Skills and Resources
  • The Development Manager as a Maximizer of Sustainable Growth
  • Ensuring Sustainability of Development Efforts
  • Strategic Management in Development
  • The Development Manager as a Transformational Leader and a Creator of Public Value
  • Applying Managerial Experience and Inspiring Leadership in Effecting Change and Reform


The Master in Development Management (MDM) is a full-time, 12-month program that prepares development executives to lead public agencies, civic organizations, or private companies with public service units.

By the end of the three terms, students are expected to produce:

  • Three terms of on-campus work
  • Rapid Area Assessment (RAA) in the Philippines at the end of Term 1
  • Field Review course at the end of Term 2
  • Written Analysis of Cases in Terms 1 and 2
  • 1 month immersion between term 1 and 2
  • Choosing a major as a specialization in term 3. There are 2 majors available:
    - Public Policy
    - Community and Rural Development
  • A Management Research Report (MRR) as the final output

"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.

We help you lead, inspire, and transform organizations that ultimately save lives through development management.  In the end, we are just ordinary people doing extraordinary things, solving the difficult complex problems that intersect with business and society."

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

MDM Scholarships

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 records
  • Exceptional people skills
  • Great leadership potential
  • Strong professional achievements and career trajectory
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills

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