Academic Resources

The Emory MDP is a program of the Laney Graduate School. It partners with top-ranked schools and departments at Emory and beyond to equip MDP students with a well-rounded academic foundation for their future careers in development practice. See below the educational resources that are available to students to deepen their knowledge in the key pillars of the MDP interdisciplinary curriculum.

Natural Sciences

The environmental science aspects of the MDP training are mostly covered by Emory's Departments of Environmental Sciences and Environmental Health as well as the many interdisciplinary Emory centers and programs, such as Center for Global Safe WASH, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, and the Emory Climate Talks. Additional training and resources are available at other universities in the area, including the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (ranked 8th in the U.S.) and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, the land-grant institution for the state of Georgia (ranked 18th among public universities in the U.S.).

Social Sciences

The Departments of AnthropologySociology, History, Economics, and Political Science contribute expertise in the historical, structural, and sociocultural dimensions of global development challenges and how they shape the practices and policies to address those challenges. Through the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students benefit from opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement with issues of social and sexual justice, including gendered exclusions and violence and transformative social movements. Area studies program, such as the Emory Institute of African Studies, enable students to deepen their contextual understanding of regions and countries where development practices occur. The Candler School of Theology, the Emory Center for Ethics and the Interfaith Health Program provide training and resources for critical engagement with the moral, ethical, and spiritual questions inherent in development practice, including conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts. The Emory School of Law offers an array of relevant courses and faculty expertise, with a focus on environmental law, human rights, and social vulnerabilities.

Health Sciences

Training in the health-related aspects of global development is offered by the Rollins School of Public Health, which is consistently ranked among the top five public health schools in the country. In particular, its Departments of Global Health, Environmental Health, Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences, and Biostatistics and Bioinformatics offer academic and applied training in fields such as public health, health equity, and sexual and reproductive health as well as tools for evidence-based design, implementation, and assessment of health systems and policies. The Emory Global Health Institute provides a wealth of opportunities and resources to promote interdisciplinary approaches and sustainable and equitable solutions to global health challenges.


Consistently ranked among the top 20 business schools in the U.S., Emory's Goizueta School of Business provides cutting-edge instruction in organizational management, teamwork and leadership, human resource management, value chain analysis, and macro-economic policy. In particular, the Business and Society Institute offers learning opportunities centered on social impact investing and the role of the private sector to addressing development challenges. 



Tsewang Rigzin and Lhamo Tso (MDP 2015) at Drepung Loseling Monastery

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Find resources for social justice practice and pedagogy in the Development Studies Guide
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