Management Development Program

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What is the Management Development Program?

The Management Development Program (MDP) is an investment in you as a manager. As a UC manager, you drive results that directly influence the success of the University of California and the communities we serve. MDP is here to support your efforts. You’ll connect with peers from across your individual location, share challenges and work together to find effective solutions.

MDP is a dynamic systemwide training program that's designed to enhance and strengthen your leadership capabilities in the UC core competencies and ensure you have the skills, knowledge and resources to effectively lead, engage, and develop your team. The program consists of completing four modules focused around the UC Core Competencies of people management, employee engagement and change management.

Who should attend?

This program benefits mid-level managers at UC in any of the following roles:

  • Managers
  • Managers of Managers
  • Leaders of a division or functional area
  • Leaders of complex operational programs, system-wide projects or projects that span across location departments or divisions

Why should I attend?

Working in a supportive cohort model, MDP provides participants with an opportunity to enhance existing skills and gain new ones. Additionally, participation in the program builds relationships with other managers within individual locations and across the UC system.

How do I enroll?

Enrollment specifics vary by location. Contact your local HR or Learning and Development unit for details. For general inquiries, contact Terry Barton, Director, Systemwide Staff Development Programs at