Program Costs

The Laney Graduate School Tuition and Fees page explains in detail the figures included in the MDP Cost of Attendance Chart: August 2016 - July 2017.

The Emory MDP program offers partial tuition scholarships to highly qualified applicants on competitive basis. These scholarship offers are made at the time of acceptance into the program. In addition, the Emory MDP program provides the following support to all students in good academic standing:

  • Enrollment fee scholarship for each semester enrolled in the program
  • Summer term scholarship for graduate residency while engaged in field practicum overseas
  • Travel and living expenses while engaged in summer field practicum overseas

MDP students are also eligible for part-time work at Emory University and paid internships with some MDP partner organizations. Many students find that their work experiences while in the MDP program enhance their learning and professional networks.

The Graduate School: How to Apply section of the Office of Financial Aid website provides financial aid information for prospective, returning, and international students. MDP students are not eligible for the doctoral fellowships and teaching assistantships offered by the Laney Graduate School to PhD students.

Given that MDP graduates are likely to work for government agencies or non-profit organizations after completion of their degree, they may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) of loans incurred for their MDP studies. Please refer to this Fact Sheet for further information.

The Emory MDP encourages all applicants and currently enrolled students to seek out additional sources of financial support to supplement the assistance Emory offers. We support students in these efforts in a number of ways.

Visit our Development Studies: Funding Sources page to find current funding sources for tuition, language training, research and other projects, internships, and travel that are relevant for graduate students in development studies specifically. These resources are presented for informational purposes, and applicants are responsible for investigating and applying directly to these funding agencies. 

The directory above is a starting point for your search. We recommend that you explore organizations and networks to which you are connected. A wide range of foundations, employers, professional organizations, religious institutions, government agencies and other groups sponsor scholarship programs to support graduate study. You may also be able to find funding from advocacy organizations and foundations that focus on specific issues or groups, such as women's organizations, LGBT organizations, and ethnic organizations.

We also suggest exploring free scholarship search engines, such as

The Emory MDP program also posts information about external funding opportunities to the Emory MDP Facebook Page as we learn about them. Please follow our social media communications to receive these updates regularly.