Changes in the global and regional level affect governance and development at the national level of a country. Therefore, the civil servants of a country; must not only keep abreast of these changes but also be equipped with the ability to understand and analyze these changes and adapt them to the national interest of the country.

The MA in Governance and Development programme (MAGD) is designed to enhance knowledge and skills of individuals so that they can elevate themselves, above on to a broader environment and acquire, necessary skills to confront the complexities of development in the context of their societies, against the backdrop of increased globalization.

The programme is particularly useful for mid-career civil servants. It is designed to enable them to perform their duties in a more effective and productive method. The programme will prepare graduates for higher studies teaching and research.

Bangladesh is constantly improving its governance system and growing towards a vibrant democratic state. Keeping in mind these precepts the course is designed to prepare graduates for consultancy and management in government in civil society and in the private sector. MAGD programme undertakes to nurture and groom career professionals. It will help career professionals engaged in the process of formulating and managing public policy to be better equipped for future leadership roles in administration and management.

MAGD is a fully residential one year programme that offers opportunities to selected participants to learn not only from academic experts and practitioners but also from group members. This programme has been extremely useful for career civil servants to prepare themselves in an innovative and productive way. The programme gives the participants the opportunity for continuous learning from each other and from local and international faculty in and outside of the classroom.

The MAGD programme was developed in consultation with: the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, at the National University of Singapore; Monash University, in Australia, and the University of Malay, in Malaysia.

The programme was evaluated in 2006 by the Centre for Government Studies, the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and again by the Beech Grove Associates from London.


The MAGD programme prepares the students to confront the complexity of governance and development. On satisfactory completion of the programme, they will acquire the analytical capacity to examine issues of governance from a broad interdisciplinary perspective in the local and global context. Students will learn to articulate their views in an effective manner and to apply their knowledge to real-world challenges. In addition to its core content, the programme offers a number of elective courses so that students can pursue their interests in accordance with their career objectives.

Course Description:

MAGD is a post-graduate program of 36 credits to be completed in 3 full semesters in 12 calendar months. It consists of 5 Core Courses (15 credits, 3 credits each), 4-6 Elective Courses (12 credits, 2-3 credits each), and a Dissertation (9 credits). In addition, students will be required to take non-credit preparatory courses in English, Principles of Economics, Research Methodology, Statistics, and Computing.

The Core Courses are:

  • Introduction to Governance
  • Economics for Public Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • Lessons in Development
  • Leading Issues of Governance in Bangladesh

The Elective Courses are grouped into the following Clusters:

Global Policy Framework

  • Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
  • Laws of International Governance and Cooperation
  • Current Issues in Globalization

Enhancing Performance

  • Budgeting and Management of Public Resources
  • Project Appraisal and Management
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • E-governance & IT

Building Partnership

  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management


  • Ethics
  • Corruption

Inclusive Citizenship & Innovations

  • Learning from People: Methods and Innovations
  • Gender, Diversity & Governance
  • Human Rights & Social Justice

The Dissertation, containing 9 credits, will span all the three semesters. In the first semester, each student will be required to choose a topic for dissertation, get trained in writing skills in English, computer literacy and research methodology, write a research proposal and defend it before a Committee. In the second semester, the student will study relevant literature, write the survey chapter, the theoretical/methodology chapter and research design for collection of data. In the third semester, the student will collect, collate and analyze data, and complete a 50-60-page dissertation.

Program taught in:
  • English

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