One of the most pressing challenges of our time is achieving sustainable development in the face of global poverty, political and ethnic conflict, a degrading natural resource base, and irreversible climate change. The Master's in Development Practice (MDP) program at Emory University is designed to meet that challenge by combining hands-on learning and field experience with rigorous training in a broad range of academic disciplines.


  • Two summers of field experience working as practitioners-in-training within leading humanitarian organizations across the world
  • Internships (paid and unpaid) within Atlanta-based NGOs working on development, human rights, public health, environmental conservation, and gender empowerment (optional)
  • Engaged learning experience within organizations working with underserved communities in the Atlanta area (optional)
  • Coursework in the natural, social, health, and management sciences taught in top-ranked academic departments at Emory University
  • Concentration areas (ex. global health and wellbeing; sustainable environments and livelihoods; corporate social responsibility; program evaluation; gender)
  • Workshops on practical skills (ex. monitoring and evaluation, GIS; participatory methods; qualitative data analysis; cross-cultural team management)
  • Interaction with experienced development experts and practitioners at the CDC, CARE, The Carter Center, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations
  • Emphasis on critical thinking and systemic understanding of development process and practice
  • Small class-size enabling collaborative learning and personalized mentoring by Emory faculty

Join us to see why recruiters list a master's in international development/development practice as the most in-demand degree for jobs in the sector.


MDP Curriculum

The Emory MDP curriculum combines natural, social, health sciences and management.

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The Field Practicum is a core component of the Emory MDP curriculum.

Learn About MDP Fieldwork