Sample Curriculum

Emory MDP is structured around a core curriculum coupled with customized training in specific topics and skills. This allows students to pursue their own interests and career objectives while also acquiring a broad base of critical expertise in development practice.

To earn their MDP degree, students must complete 50 credit hours and fulfill 6 required competency areas: Social Sciences and Integrative Analysis, Health Sciences, Management Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Research and Applied Methods, and Social Justice and Diversity.  Some competency areas require specific courses, while others are fulfilled by students selecting courses on relevant topics.

In addition to coursework, students must complete two summer field practicums. In their second academic year, students have the option of completing a required number of internship hours instead of their second field practicum, thereby graduating in May and getting a headstart on their job search.

The course progression below represents a typical coursework trajectory. However, the timing of certain courses will vary: depending on student interests and course availability, many courses may be taken during a different semester than that listed below. 

For specific requirements, see the MDP Student Handbook.



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