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Requirements for Admission

  • Strong background, passion and driven interest in sustainable development.
  • Strong indication of ability to successfully complete graduate-level coursework
  • Background and professional goals that are oriented towards developing a sustainable future.
  • Willingness to debate the importance of a broad range of issues that have both local and global significance in the human sciences as related to development practice.
MDP Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

  • All MDP cohorts matriculate in the Fall semester.
Elements of a Complete Application

  • 1. The Application Form: The Graduate School at Auburn University uses a web-based application system. Click here to apply.

  • 2. The Processing Fee: The non-refundable application fee is $50 (U.S. citizens; $60 for international students). It can be paid by credit card when you submit your electronic application, or it may be paid by check or money order. Your web-based application becomes available for departmental consideration only upon payment of your application fee.

  • 3. Transcripts: Send one transcript of all undergraduate and any graduate credits from each school previously attended to the Auburn University Graduate School via mail or electronic transfer:

    The Graduate School
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL 36849-5122 - For transmitting official electronic transcripts from domestic institutions only.

  • 4. Standardized Test Scores:

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: The GRE is optional and not required for admission to this program.
    • TOEFL (if English is a second language): Request that the Educational Testing Service send your official TOEFL scores to the Auburn University Graduate School.

  • 5. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation, however, if you would like you include one, you may submit up to two (2) letters. The strongest letters come from faculty, employers and/or internship supervisors who have had direct experience with you and can report on your academic strengths, work ethic, and/or capacity for teamwork. Please submit letters of recommendation through the web-based system.

  • 6. Letter of Intent: Your letter of intent will help the admissions committee assess the fit between your background and goals and the opportunities available in the MDP graduate program. Your letters should address the points listed below in 2-5 double-spaced pages.

    • Discuss how your current career plans align with sustainable development and how the MDP program will help you reach your goals.
    • Discuss how your education and other experiences (e.g., research, clinical, employment, volunteer/outreach) have prepared you for graduate study in MDP program.

    Note: We encourage applicants to contact the Graduate Program Officer (Dr. Kate Thornton) or other faculty members to obtain information about this graduate program. We also encourage applicants to solicit feedback about their letter of intent from professors or mentors prior to submission.

  • 7. Resume: Upload your resume or curriculum vitae through the web-based application system.

  • 8. Optional Application Materials:

    • Publications and Professional Presentations: Students who have participated in a professional publication or presentation given in a professional forum are encouraged to send a copy with their application materials.

    Note: Upload your letter of intent through the web-based application system.

Direct any questions about the graduate program options in the Department of Global Education in the College of Human Sciences or about the application process to:

Dr. Kate Thornton, Graduate Program Director
Phone: 334-844-1339