Development Practice and Theology

Emory University offers a Master's in Development Practice/Master of Divinity (MDP/MDiv) dual degree program through the Laney Graduate School and Emory's CandlerSchoolofTheology. This program allows students to combine training and experience in international development practice with religious and theological studies and formation for ministry, and to complete both degrees in four years instead of the five required to attain the degrees separately.

This dual degree program prepares individuals to work with government agencies and international relief and development organizations in developing collaborative relationships with faith-based organizations and religious communities on a range of development projects. It also prepares individuals to work within religious communities addressing issues such as poverty, environmental degradation, health access, human rights, and political marginalization.

Typically, students enroll full-time at Candler in the first year. The subsequent two years are in the MDP program and include two consecutive summers of full-time international field placements in Global South settings. The student is enrolled full-time at Candler in the fourth year. The student must register and pay tuition for four semesters in the MDP and four semesters at Candler, but may take MDP elective courses at Candler during the two years in the MDP to fulfill an MDP concentration. Dual degree students develop MDP concentrations in consultation with MDP faculty, drawing on resources at Candler in areas of study such as conflict transformation, religious leadership for the global church, faith and global health, etc.

Applicants apply to Candler and Laney separately, and if accepted to both schools, can enroll in the dual degree program. The schools maintain independent application procedures and different tuition costs. Laney Graduate School scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at the MDP program.

Degree Requirements

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDP, students must complete 48 hours in the MDP program plus the two international field practicums. In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 68 hours at Candler.

For information on the MDP portion of the degree, contact Chan Williams, at For information on the MDiv portion of the degree, please contact Candler's registrar's office at