42 MAs in Development Studies

The field of development studies blends social sciences and international relations to address the issues of poverty and economic inequality. An advanced degree prepares students for careers that take action to alleviate the problems associated with these inequities.   What is an MA in Development Studies? The field of development studies incorporates several disciplines to gain an understand… Read more

The field of development studies blends social sciences and international relations to address the issues of poverty and economic inequality. An advanced degree prepares students for careers that take action to alleviate the problems associated with these inequities.

What is an MA in Development Studies? The field of development studies incorporates several disciplines to gain an understanding of the complex elements of advancement. Students will master economics, anthropology, ecology and political sociology and study development processes at global, regional and local levels. Discussion of the means and tools for evaluation, design and management of programs prepares the graduate for a leading role in cultural improvements. Courses emphasize communication, networking and advocacy to enable successful candidates to facilitate change. Specializations are offered in development as it relates to economics, politics, conflict and sociology. Foreign study is encouraged and an internship is mandatory in many programs. A master’s thesis is often required.

The advantages of this course of study are both personal and global in scale. Individuals gain a better appreciation of cultural diversity and develop skills to improve interpersonal relations. The world benefits from the contributions realized when depressed areas experience growth.

The cost of pursuing this field varies according to school, location and course requirements. Applicants with previous related education or experience may qualify for advanced standing. Students should research their possibilities for the choice that best fulfills their desires and interests.

Careers in the field can be global or local in scope. Prospective employers include governments, aid organizations, international institutions and development agencies. Researchers are needed within educational, corporate and governmental settings. Graduates are equipped for careers as program and financial analysts, economists and policymakers. Opportunities are available in international business and finance as well. Professionals may also choose to practice in developing countries.

An advanced degree in development studies has global reach, providing means to improve living conditions in depressed areas. To begin your career in this rewarding field, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

The M.A. in Migration Studies at Tel Aviv University awards a master's degree in Global Migration and Policy from the TAU School of Social and Policy Studies. It is a 3-4 seme ... +

The M.A. in Migration Studies at Tel Aviv University awards a master's degree in Global Migration and Policy from the TAU School of Social and Policy Studies. It is a 3-4 semester, interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of London
London, United Kingdom

Gain a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration. This MA is the only programme of its type to be offered by distance lea ... +

Gain a solid legal, practical and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration. This MA is the only programme of its type to be offered by distance learning and has quickly become one of the largest programmes on forced migration anywhere in the world. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
March 2020
01 Feb 2020
Online
 
Boston University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Boston, USA

This degree program is an intensive three-semester course of study designed for those seeking rigorous training in economics supplemented by training in the related discipline ... +

This degree program is an intensive three-semester course of study designed for those seeking rigorous training in economics supplemented by training in the related disciplines of politics, international relations, public health, and infrastructure and environment. -
MA
Full-time
3 semesters
English
September 2020
01 Mar 2020
Campus
 
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences
Miami, USA

Global Health and Society at the University of Miami provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding how global health outcomes relate to society, cu ... +

Global Health and Society at the University of Miami provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding how global health outcomes relate to society, culture, and the environment. A range of interdisciplinary courses examines emerging challenges to human health and security, global dimensions of medical anthropology, differential access and adoption of evidence-based health policies, governance, practices, and interventions, and how these translate from international to community scales. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
18 months
English
Campus
 
International University of Japan
Niigata, Japan

This degree program is designed to educate future leaders in formulating and implementing economic as well as public policies geared for social and economic development.

This degree program is designed to educate future leaders in formulating and implementing economic as well as public policies geared for social and economic development. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
September 2020
25 Mar 2020
Campus
 
The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Washington, USA

The International Development Studies program grounds international development practitioners in the theories, policies, and skills necessary for operating at the forefront of ... +

The International Development Studies program grounds international development practitioners in the theories, policies, and skills necessary for operating at the forefront of the field. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
13 Jan 2020
Campus
 
Goldsmiths, University of London
London, United Kingdom

This programme is designed to advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary processes of migration, developing a diverse set of skills that will enable you to inves ... +

This programme is designed to advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary processes of migration, developing a diverse set of skills that will enable you to investigate and address these issues. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Online
Winona, USA

Put your passion to work. Learn from real-world practitioners who share the same drive for social and human change as you. Blend theory with practical knowledge to focus your ... +

Put your passion to work. Learn from real-world practitioners who share the same drive for social and human change as you. Blend theory with practical knowledge to focus your skills on greater humanitarian results with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Master's in International Development. -
MA
Full-time
English
Online
 
Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

The MA in International Security and Development introduces you to the major issues and critical debates within a profoundly serious field. Security, violence and conflict are ... +

The MA in International Security and Development introduces you to the major issues and critical debates within a profoundly serious field. Security, violence and conflict are now central to international politics and development policy discourse. Understanding the modern world demands a full appreciation of conflict and violence. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
September 2020
31 Jul 2020
Campus
 
University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Denver, USA

The MA in International Development focuses on development theory, policy analysis, politics of institutions, relevant research, and management skills. The program reflects an ... +

The MA in International Development focuses on development theory, policy analysis, politics of institutions, relevant research, and management skills. The program reflects an approach to development that emphasizes not only economic issues but also the importance and interrelatedness of sustainable economic and human development, human rights, distributive justice and environmental sustainability. In many courses in the international development curriculum, students focus on linkages among scalar levels-from the most macro-level international institutions and initiatives to the most micro-level agendas and actions taken by communities, firms, families and individuals. -
MA
2 years
English
Campus
 
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

The Ethnic and Minority Policy Master Program deals with minority issues and ethnic diversity in the region of Eastern and Central Europe with regard to the integration proces ... +

The Ethnic and Minority Policy Master Program deals with minority issues and ethnic diversity in the region of Eastern and Central Europe with regard to the integration process of the countries of the region into the international community of the European Union. The serious ethnic conflicts of the region, the demand for countries to meet European norms in the area of minority issues, the increase in migration, and the simultaneous growth of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and homophobia all contribute to a pressing need in Eastern and Central Europe for highly trained professionals who have the insight and expertise to identify the main political, social and psychological reasons behind tensions and discriminations and who are also equipped with the skills and techniques to handle and moderate these conflicts. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
07 Sep 2020
30 Apr 2020
Campus
 
Linköping University
Norrköping, Sweden

Make your commitment matter! You are dedicated to helping to tackle some of the most challenging issues in today’s world. This unique master’s program relates ethnicity and mi ... +

Make your commitment matter! You are dedicated to helping to tackle some of the most challenging issues in today’s world. This unique master’s program relates ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
September 2020
15 Jan 2020
Campus
 
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds, United Kingdom

Address the global challenges of poverty and violence by linking theory and practice and make a positive difference to the lives of people around the world. This is your oppor ... +

Address the global challenges of poverty and violence by linking theory and practice and make a positive difference to the lives of people around the world. This is your opportunity to develop your awareness of the relationships between peace, conflict resolution and development both nationally and internationally. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
12 months
English
Campus
 
University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth, Germany

The programme of study combines courses in development sociology and politics, geography, and economics. On this basis, students acquire subject-specific as well as interdisci ... +

The programme of study combines courses in development sociology and politics, geography, and economics. On this basis, students acquire subject-specific as well as interdisciplinary and practical skills. The University of Bayreuth’s research focuses on Africa and its diverse research on the Global South give you access to extensive expertise. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
English, German
October 2020
Campus
 
University of Passau
Passau, Germany

The M.A. Development Studies enables students to develop the advanced knowledge, analytical skills, and conceptual frameworks required to understand and navigate the complexit ... +

The M.A. Development Studies enables students to develop the advanced knowledge, analytical skills, and conceptual frameworks required to understand and navigate the complexities of economic and social development and to gain insights into the economic, social, ethical, and cultural contexts and constraints of development. The programme provides outstanding opportunities to put theory into practice through international field research, with a strong focus on integrating quantitative and qualitative methods. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
October 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus