The Emory MDP is a program of the Laney Graduate School. Emory's professional schools are ranked among the highest in their field and Emory as a whole is ranked 22nd among the top universities in the nation in the more recent Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report.

The Emory MDP curriculum embraces a dynamic and inclusive pedagogical approach which seeks to address students' specific interests as well as to capitalize on the many learning opportunities that are available at Emory University and its partner organizations.

The curriculum includes required and elective courses, the latter being taught in different schools of Emory University, including the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the Rollins School of Public Health, the Goizueta School of Business, the Candler School of Theology, and Emory Law.  

The actual course sequence varies based on faculty availability. Students can use the Emory University Course Atlas to explore courses taught in any given semester, but access to those courses may be contingent on pre-requisites, enrollment limitations, and agreements between MDP and other Emory units. 

Emory MDP is fully committed to an anti-racist approach to development practice and inclusive pedagogy.


MDP students take elective courses in a wide range of fields at Emory and beyond.

See Concentrations

Field Practicum

The Field Practicum experience is a core component of the Emory MDP curriculum.

Learn About Fieldwork

Core Courses

The MDP curriculum combines rigor and flexibility and bridges across disciplines.

See Sample Curriculum



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

Master's in Development Practice
2022-2023 Handbook

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