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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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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. -
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2 years
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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. -
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2 years
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06 Sep 2021
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University of Padova
Padua, Italy

The two-year MA program in Mobility Studies at the University of Padua is driven by the assumption that the Humanities can play a crucial role in facing and understanding mobi ... +

The two-year MA program in Mobility Studies at the University of Padua is driven by the assumption that the Humanities can play a crucial role in facing and understanding mobility in present society. This is something different than offering a focus uniquely on the circulation of people, objects, and ideas in given historical and geographical frameworks. -
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2 years
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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. The curriculum leverages a combination of field-based research, studies in cultural contexts and ethics, and innovative practices to develop your marketable skills and experience. -
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2 years
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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 is a one-year (3 semesters) interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that will provide you with the skills and ... +

The M.A. in Migration Studies at Tel Aviv University is a one-year (3 semesters) interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that will provide you with the skills and practical experience in the field of migration. Expect to take onboard the theories, research tools, as well as professional models and best practices that cover topics such as immigration and citizenship policies; academic and professional perspectives on refugees, asylum seekers and humanitarian aid; and the challenges of migrant social, cultural and economic integration. Our graduates work in both the public and private sectors and in a variety of fields with migrants and asylum seekers across the world. The program offers a thesis track as well as an exchange semester. -
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Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand

The Program is designed to focus on key issues in policy for population and human development ranging from demography, population aging, migration, resources, and environment ... +

The Program is designed to focus on key issues in policy for population and human development ranging from demography, population aging, migration, resources, and environment relating to population changes, and public policy design. -
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English
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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. -
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3 semesters
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Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

The MA in Development and Human Rights combines insights from the fields of development studies, politics, and international law.

The MA in Development and Human Rights combines insights from the fields of development studies, politics, and international law. -
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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. -
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2 years
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UNITAR United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Geneva, Switzerland +2 More

The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic program that will not only broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development ... +

The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic program that will not only broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development studies, sustainability, and diplomacy but it will also equip them with the required soft skills for a successful international career in any of these areas of expertise. -
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Full-time
English
Sep 2021
Online & Campus Combined
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University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth, Germany

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

The program 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. -
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Friedensau Adventist University
Möckern, Germany

The MA in Development Studies has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. It aims at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment ... +

The MA in Development Studies has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. It aims at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment or others for whom an e-learning program seems more fitting. It offers a solid academic base in the field of development studies. Students learn about relevant theories that are nec­essary to critically reflect on current practices in the field of development aid. Practical competencies are furthered through courses such as project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. Academic competencies in research methods and writing skills enable a continuation in a scientific career. Stemming from the diversity of the student body, the specific worth of the program lies in the oppor­tunity to literally assess international issues through virtual co-learning with students from across the globe. -
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Part-time
6 semesters
English
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Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Maastricht, Netherlands

The master’s in Globalization & Development Studies is a social science program that focuses on how the dynamics of globalization affect developing areas. You will develop ... +

The master’s in Globalization & Development Studies is a social science program that focuses on how the dynamics of globalization affect developing areas. You will develop the theoretical, analytical, and practical skills that are essential for either an academic or professional career in globalization and development. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2021
01 Jun 2021
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 in 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 in 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. -
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Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
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20 Sep 2021
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. -
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4 semesters
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 

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