The Emory MDP is a program of the Laney Graduate School. It embraces a dynamic 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 core (required) courses - specifically taught for MDP students - and electives, which are taught in the different departments and 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 sequence of courses may vary from year to year, depending on the availability of Emory faculty and visiting instructors. You can use the Emory University Course Atlas explore courses taught across the university, but note that access to courses may be contingent on pre-requisites, enrollment limitations, and established agreements between Emory MDP and specific departments and schools.  

In addition to regular courses, each year the Emory MDP program offers several modules taught by development professionals and focused on programmatic competencies, such as monitoring and evaluation, organizational leadership and teamwork, geographic information systems, and social network analysis. 

Emory's professional schools are ranked among the highest in their field and Emory as a whole is ranked 21st among the top universities in the nation in the more recent Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report. 

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
2021-2022 Handbook

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