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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 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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44 Results in Development Studies

International University of 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. ... [+]

Main Features

As a successive expansion of this MA degree program in International Development shows, our leading program in International Development maintains its highly reputable development of its educational quality particularly related to development issues. While its core courses are mainly related to modern economics, its outstanding achievements in education comprehensively covering development issues can be found not only in the number of graduates of this degree program but also in the number of countries of all graduates. The diversity of countries of enrolled students provides one of the most ideal environments to study international development issues. The strong human network of the graduates of this program shows the quality of this educational program as well as the benefits which students of this program will gain after their graduation.The program encompasses a wide range of public policy issues in the context of socioeconomic development. These issues are examined in the areas of finance, trade, investment, human resources development, environment, sustainable development, and urban and regional development. Beyond the understanding of the immediate and specific circumstances of country-specific issues, the program provides students with as many opportunities as it can, in order to let students share/deepen development issues of different countries under its rigorous coursework environments. The program consists of required and elective courses and enrolled students can choose several elective courses based on their own research and policy related interests after taking required courses, all of which are designed to make students use highly sophisticated analytical tools smoothly in exploring... [-]

Japan Niigata
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of London, School of Advanced Study

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies provides a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced ... [+]

MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies via distance learning (DL) (Refugee Law Initiative)

Apply now for the first distance learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. If you already work or volunteer in organisations active in this area, or would like to move into the sector, this Masters will give you:

a prestigious qualification to open doors in your career the tools to work in the field and to undertake campaigning and advocacy work an understanding of the fundamental issues and debates and the key legal concepts. Benefit from supported online learning

As you study by online learning you can fit your studies around your other commitments. You will also be able to share ideas with others who are studying for this programme and receive tuition from leading experts from around the globe.... [-]

United Kingdom London
March 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 5 years
Online
Swansea University

The MA in Development and Human Rights examines the comparatively new interface between Human Rights and International Development. ... [+]

The MA in Development and Human Rights examines the comparatively new interface between Human Rights and International Development.

Key Features

This MA is a multi-disciplinary programme combining insights from the fields of development studies, politics, political theory and international law. It examines some of the key issues confronting twenty-first-century global societies through a dynamic programme that combines theoretical and applied perspectives and is taught by a team of leading academics in their fields.

Students will be encouraged to apply legal theory, social and political theory and research tools in analysing and understanding development and human rights, as well as being taught key historical and policy dimensions and concepts.... [-]

United Kingdom Swansea
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 3 years
Campus
Goldsmiths, University of London

The MA in Politics, Development and the Global South reflects Goldsmiths’ interdisciplinary academic spirit, drawing on expertise in the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, ... [+]

How can (and should) we talk about the challenges and possibilities for development in the 21st century?

Development has long been held up as an ideal for societies and peoples, and the pursuit of it has been decisive in shaping the modern world. Many degrees treat it as an uncontested term and presume that the only task is to consider the best means towards this end. By contrast, the MA in Politics, Development and the Global South begins by showing that in the 21st century ‘development’ – what it means and how it is to be achieved – has become a site of struggle, one where new forms of politics and theory have emerged.

Major changes in recent decades, including the emergence of new geopolitical powers on the international stage, growing challenges to neoliberal dogmas, heightened concern with increasing global inequality, and recognition of the danger of ecological devastation, have meant that the study and pursuit of development requires a fresh, innovative approach. Throughout this degree, you’ll study the Global South as a producer, not simply a consumer, in theory, and as a site where novel forms of political struggle are emerging.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Passau

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

The programme addresses the worldwide need for experts in the expanding field of development research as well as for project managers in international development cooperation. Who should study this degree programme? This programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in social science and mid-career professionals in any development-related field. Qualified students from developing and emerging countries are particularly welcome.

Features Programme entirely taught in English Strong focus on quantitative and qualitative methods Field research opportunities Unique selection of language courses Career prospects

Graduates are have a wide range of potential career paths within the development field, such as:... [-]

Germany Passau
October 2019
Full-time
4 - 6 semesters
Campus
Nottingham Trent University: School of Arts and Humanities

This course recognises that international development environments and related debates constantly evolve. It captures this dynamism in its multi-layered approach and it h ... [+]

This course recognises that international development environments and related debates constantly evolve. It captures this dynamism in its multi-layered approach, and it highlights the connections made between different disciplinary areas.

This course will introduce you to key concepts and issues related to international development. You will develop an understanding of the key structures, processes, institutions, and relationships relevant to international development.

This will involve a critical analysis of the role and impact of major financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund; the role of the United Nations, with particular emphasis on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; the role of MNCs, NGOs and civil society more generally.... [-]

United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs

The Elliott School M.A. program in International Development Studies (IDS) prepares students for careers in international development through interdisciplinary coursework ... [+]

Steps from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Elliott School engages the Washington and global policy communities in meaningful discussions of development policy. The Elliott School M.A. program in International Development Studies (IDS) prepares students for careers in international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. This program trains the next generation of development practitioners, exposing them to the latest research, best practices from the field, and experiential learning opportunities.

Is this program for you?

The IDS program fosters its students to be engaged, morally intelligent, and committed to improving the human condition. IDS students are taught to think critically but creatively about development and are intensely engaged with today’s cutting-edge developmental issues. Most IDS students have some development experience, or at least experience in the developing world, and are seeking career advancement. The program also attracts some exceptional students who are new to development studies. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines foundation and elective courses selected to the student’s individual professional goals and intellectual interests. The program is structured as a cohort, where students take special courses exclusively offered to IDS students. Most classes meet in the evening to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, or to encourage students to pursue daytime internships and employment in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Campus
University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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

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.

The program also emphasizes the diversity of needs, desires, opportunities and constraints that are experienced by individuals of differing socioeconomic classes, ethnicities and genders, as well as differences among nations and regions. Students are encouraged to understand and address the many power differentials that profoundly influence processes central to sustainable development.... [-]

USA Denver
September 2019
2 years
Campus
University for Peace

The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, nat ... [+]

The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management, and environmental conflict management from both ecological and social perspectives. It encompasses a broad range of subjects and themes, including Food Systems, Water Management, Forestry, Coastal Resources, Climate Change, Urban Ecology, and Social Movements. The program focuses on the human dimensions of the environment-development nexus, highlighting the connections between local perspectives and broader processes at the national, regional and global levels and emphasizing the importance of political-economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.... [-]

Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Bayreuth

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

About

Processes of development, change, and globalization in Latin America, Asia, and Africa are playing an increasingly important global role in this day and age. The interdisciplinary master’s programme “Development Studies” addresses the causes, conditions, and consequences of such processes. Here you have the chance to look at “development” from different perspectives, to link methodological and theoretical approaches, and to detect connections between social, political, and spatial conditions. During your studies, you will gain the ability to analyse development problems and processes of global and local change, to discuss them in consideration of theories from the social sciences and economics, and to apply them in practice as part of a project focussed unit of study.... [-]

Germany Bayreuth
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
Campus
Leeds Beckett University

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 ... [+]

Course details

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.

You will consider issues such as gender, poverty, employment, human rights and the role of civil society and community participation in decision-making and governance. From security threats and terrorism to the arms trade and non-violent social movements, you will acquire an in-depth insight into contemporary global issues. You will study the political, economic, cultural, environmental and technological changes that influence development decisions.... [-]

United Kingdom Leeds
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
Campus
Hamad bin Khalifa University

The Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development is an interdisciplinary program focusing on issues related to women in the context of social and economic development ... [+]

The Master of Arts in Women, Society, and Development is an interdisciplinary program focusing on issues related to women in the context of social and economic development in the Middle East, as well as women’s various roles in the advancement of their communities and societies. It draws on a variety of disciplines in social sciences and humanities, ranging from economic and social theory; to development and policy studies; to law and communication studies.

The program equips students with the ability to engage in local and regional knowledge production and to hone their skills in understanding and responding to women issues that are specific to the Middle East.

It enables students to translate this knowledge into practices and social interventions that are needed to improve the status of Middle Eastern girls and women in their own communities.... [-]

Qatar Doha
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of the Witwatersrand

A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, l ... [+]

MA in Development Studies

A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organizations. Students will be able to draw upon a vast range of local and international academic expertise in a range of disciplines within the School of Social Sciences and in Economics as they critically engage in current local, national and international debates in Development Studies while promoting professional skills in these fields. Students draw upon local and international expertise in a range of disciplines. The student body is cosmopolitan and admission is highly competitive. Students with practical experience in the world of development are especially welcomed. The Programme has grown steadily since its inception in 2001. On average it is estimated that about a third of the student cohort is non-South African. Topics of student research include many focused on studies within Africa broadly.... [-]

South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Mary Immaculate College

This innovative programme is designed for those who wish to pursue careers within international organisations, government agencies, non-governmental... ... [+]

Masters/Grad Dip in International Development Practice via blended learning

The Graduate Diploma/Masters in International Development Practice (MIDP) via blended learning programme is offered on a full-time basis over 18 months, with part-time options also available for participants over an extended period. This programme is intended to help to maximise career opportunities for busy professionals and postgraduate researchers. The course is delivered on a blended learning basis, through a combination of residential summer and winter schools, online lectures and tutorials, an international placement programme that offers course participants the opportunity to obtain real-life experience of integrated approaches to international development practice, plus a 20,000-word dissertation. Additionally, the programme will provide participants with a strong inter-disciplinary foundation and continuing professional development expertise in the area of international development practice.This innovative programme is designed for those who wish to pursue careers within international organisations, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), philanthropic institutions, and consultancy firms engaged in international development practice. The programme will create a cohort of international practitioners with the capacity to analyse and scrutinise some of the most chronic developmental problems of the twenty-first century and to provide participants with the practical skills to provide resolution along a wide spectrum of critical policy areas.A range of modules, emphasising the practice and theory of development, will be offered in year one of the programmes. Students who successfully complete this phase of the programme will be awarded a Graduate Diploma after Year One. The third semester of the programme will consist primarily of research... [-]

Ireland Limerick
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
18 months
Online & Campus Combined
University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confrontin ... [+]

MA Degrees in Development Studies. Overview This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies. You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development. You’ll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals. You’ll explore debates and controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved. Optional modules will also allow you to specialise in aspects of development that suit your interests. Research insight The MA Global Development has a close working relationship with the Global Development research group that aims to examine central debates within the field of global development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Global Development research group is also actively involved in the Centre for Global Development, a university-wide network that promotes cross-disciplinary approaches to the field, and the Leeds Centre for African Studies. Experience opportunities All students on all our degree schemes, including international students, have access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities through the Leeds for Life scheme. In addition, our dedicated careers team and in-School employability champions can work with you to attain work experience opportunities during and after your... [-]
United Kingdom Leeds
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
Campus