Dual Degree Development Practices and Theology

A dual Master of Divinity and Master's in Development Practices (MDiv/MDP) allows students to combine training and experience in international development with theological studies and formation for ministry. The MDP attends to both theoretical and applied methods of development and introduces students through interdisciplinary work to a variety of fields including global health, human rights, economics, governance, ecosystems, gender, energy and engineering. Research methods, program evaluation and assessment are central to the MDP program.

A student in this dual degree program typically matriculates concurrently in Candler and the Laney Graduate School (MDP) and may complete the requirements for both degrees in four years (instead of the five required to attain the degrees separately). Candidates for the dual-degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and the MDP program. The schools maintain independent application procedures and different tuition costs.

The typical sequence of courses requires students to 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 practicums. Those placements are arranged through the MDP with approved NGOs. 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. 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. Candler scholarships and grants are applicable only to those semesters in which students are in residency at Candler.

In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 79 hours at Candler. In order to meet degree requirements for the MDP, students must complete 51 hours in the MDP program plus the two international field practicums. For information on the MDP portion of the MDiv/MDP, contact the director of the program, Dr. David Nugent, at david.nugent@emory.edu. For information on the MDiv portion of the degree, contact Candler's registrar's office at candlerregistrar@emory.edu.