Management Development Program


May 27-29, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

August 6-8, 2018 | Chicago, IL

The NAFSA Management Development Program (MDP) is the most trusted and comprehensive management training program for international education (IE) professionals. Since its inception, more than 700 IE managers have gained applicable real-world skills that have helped each take their career to the next level.

  • Become an Effective Manager in International Education
  • Develop the Expert Skills You Need
  • Proven and Interactive Three-Day Format With Trainers and Peers
  • New Learning Retention Program Enhancements for MDP at NAFSA 2018 in Philadelphia

Have you been elevated to a managerial role? Are you often the one making critical decisions for your team or office? Do you wonder why some of your management strategies are successful, while others are not? Would you like to meet and work with fellow IE managers who share your management challenges? If you have at least three years of management experience, or if you have been leading staff for years but want to expand your full potential as a manager, consider the NAFSA Management Development Program. Through this interactive, three-day professional development experience, the trainers of the Management Development Program will help you find and apply the management principles that work best for you.

NEW in 2018: NAFSA is exploring ways to make our training stick. We will add value to the MDP through a Learning Reinforcement pilot program for participants in the two MDP classes offered during the Annual Conference (AC) in 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. The pilot program will extend beyond the instructor-led MDP classroom experience at AC to increase the knowledge retention and provide multiple opportunities for connecting with peers and experts for an entire year.


The information was actually applicable--I returned to the office the next day and found myself employing new principles in several common situations (and being much more effective and confident). [Furthermore, the] networking with others in similar situations and sharing stories enhanced the overall experience of the program. Participant, Washington, DC 2015

Dates and Registration

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Philadelphia, PA May 27-29, 2018 Apr. 13, 2018 Book Now Register Now
Chicago, IL      August 6-8, 2018 June 30, 2018 Book Now Register Now




Early Bird
Member: $709
Nonmember: $879

Member: $809
Nonmember: $979

See dates and registration for early bird deadlines at each location.