Finances

MDP and Emory Funding

Scholarships

All admitted MDP students in good academic standing will benefit from the following financial assistance:

  • Enrollment fee scholarship for each semester enrolled in the program
  • Summer term scholarship for graduate residency during field practicum
  • Travel award to cover international practicum for two summers

In addition, partial tuition Merit Scholarships are granted to highly qualified applicants on a competitive basis without regard to citizenship status. All applicants are automatically considered for these fellowships and will be notified upon acceptance if they have been selected for an award. They do not need to fill out any additional paperwork.

Emory MDP also participates in the following fellowship programs. These require additional paperwork on the applicant’s part:

Students who have completed a term of service with AmeriCorps are eligible for this award. The amount of the award reflects the maximum amount of the Pell Grant, which is currently set at $5,500. Successful candidates can elect to use the education award to pay current educational expenses at “matching institutions.” Emory MDP participates in the Matching Program and offers a full match of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award amount in in tuition/fees scholarships.

Graduate Student Employment

MDP students are eligible for part-time work at Emory University and for internships with MDP partner organizations based in the Atlanta area. Internships may be paid, unpaid, or for course credit depending on the organization. Students have found these work experiences enhance classroom learning and strengthen their professional networks.

On campus employment: Many students have been successful in finding on campus employment through networking and other professional channels. The following list provides a sample of locations where MDP students have recently found employment.

Off-campus internships: Emory MDP works closely in partnering students with organizations relevant to their career goals. Many positions are paid, and those that are unpaid can often be pursued for course credit. Below is a list of recent placements:

Federal Student Aid

US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for Federal Student Aid and should refer to the paragraph below for further information. International students are not eligible for this funding and should consult the external funding section in the tab below.

For a general overview of Federal Student Aid loans and various types of assistance, we recommend starting here. Students will need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Emory University’s Office of Financial Aid provides some instructions on how to complete this form.

Federal student loans are often more advantageous than private loans due to lower interest rates and programs such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Students who elect to work in government agencies or non-profit organizations after completion of their degree are eligible for this program. 

External Funding Sources

Scholarships

Emory MDP encourages students to seek external funding to supplement the assistance Emory offers. We highly recommend that applicant visit the Development Studies: Funding Sources webpage, which is maintained by Emory’s Development Studies Librarian. This list is specifically curated with development students in mind and is regularly updated.

The directory provides an excellent starting point for a scholarship search. A wide range of foundations, employers, professional organizations, religious institutions, government agencies and other groups sponsor scholarship programs to support graduate study. Students  may also be able to find funding from advocacy organizations and foundations that focus on specific issues or groups, such as minorities, women, LGBT, and ethnic/cultural identity.  

International students are encouraged to visit the International Student Scholarship  search engine or IEFA for additional resources. In lieu of Federal Student Aid, international students may also wish to consult options for private educational loans available in the Atlanta area and recommended by Emory’s Office of Financial Aid.

Other resources for finding scholarships

Applicants may consult search engines such as those listed below. Applicants are responsible for investigating and applying directly to external funding agencies or programs. Please be mindful of scams, such as websites that solicit payment of a fee as a condition for accessing scholarship information or assistance.

Program Costs

Tuition and fees (estimated) : 2017/2018

Fall

Spring

Total

Tuition

$20,400.00

$20,400.00

$40,800.00

Activity fee

$92.00

$92.00

$184.00

Athletic fee

$120.00

$120.00

$240.00

Mental Health fee

$78.00

$78.00

$156.00

Computing fee

$50.00

$50.00

$100.00

Health Insurance†

$1,582.50

$1,582.50

$3,165.00

Total

$22,322.50

$22,322.50

$44,645.00

†Above prices are for Emory's health insurance. Other policies may vary in price.

Students are required to have health insurance to enroll at Emory University. They may either chose the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan or opt out of this Plan by providing proof of comparable coverage. Detailed information on the health insurance requirement and related costs is available on the Laney Graduate School website.