Each MDP cohort includes an average of 12 to 18 students, a size that facilitates an interactive and personalized learning experience. The MDP program strives to recruit richly diverse cohorts, composed of students with different backgrounds and experiences. They often include returned former volunteers, veterans, and professionals (we have had lawyers, managers, engineers, health professionals, and even a veterinarian!). Most have spent time working with underserved communities in a variety of contexts in the United States and the Global South. This cohort diversity enables students to learn from one another – as well as through academic training and field practicums – through intense class discussions, joint projects, and teamwork.

Read the Laney Graduate School's statement on diversity in admissions.

MDP 2025 Cohort

First Year Students

Learn more about the MDP Class of 2025.

Meet the Class of 2025
MDP Cohort of 2024

Second Year Students

Learn more about the MDP Class of 2024.

Meet the Class of 2024