Master in Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP)


Program Description

Master in Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP)

The RRDP focuses on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life and social and economic development of rural areas. Practice-oriented rural-regional planning is carried out regularly at district and sub-district levels following a participatory and integrated approach. Attention is paid to the management of development institutions, infrastructure, and physical resources. Sectoral and spatial planning is equally emphasized along with the management of rural development programs and local development projects to strengthen rural communities for sustainable development. Selected areas of concern are: poverty analysis; concepts and processes of rural and regional development; community development planning; agricultural development and planning; planning and management of rural development programs and projects; regional planning techniques; rural-urban relations; NGO management policy and development administration; sustainable development theories and practices; and decentralization and governance.

Coursework and Research areas

The curriculum offered by the RRDP program includes courses in:

  • Rural and Regional Development
  • Agricultural Development Planning
  • Sustainable Development Theories and Practices
  • Rural-Urban Relations
  • Community Development Planning
  • NGO Management Policy and Development Administration
  • Decentralization and Governance
  • Social Research Methods in Development Planning
  • Regional Planning Techniques
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Rural-Regional Planning Workshop
  • Civil Society and Globalization
  • Adaptation, Coping & Community Resiliency and Natural Disaster Management Community Development and Participation
  • Decentralized Planning (Local Development Planning and Governance)
  • Natural Resources Management and Sustainable
  • Agriculture
  • Regional and Rural Development Planning Inclusive of Methodology, GIS Applications, and Evaluation of Projects
  • Rural-Urban Relations
  • Watershed Management

Career for Graduates

Job opportunities for graduates of RRDP cover many areas of regional and national and government and non-governmental organizations, community participation, regional planning and project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation at international, national and local levels both for government and non-governmental organizations.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the regular master's program, an applicant must:

  • hold a Bachelor degree (normally from a four-year program), or its equivalent, in an appropriate field of study from an institution of good standing acceptable to AIT.
  • have undergraduate grades significantly above average; the minimum GPA requirement for admission to the master's program is 2.75 or equivalent at the Bachelor degree level.
  • be in satisfactory physical and mental health, and have a record of good conduct.
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

The School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD) established in 1993 by amalgamating the Divisions of Agriculture and Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Human Settlements and Ene ... Read More

The School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD) established in 1993 by amalgamating the Divisions of Agriculture and Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Human Settlements and Energy Technology, is now composed of ten fields of study - Agricultural Systems and Engineering, Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management, Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology, Energy, Environmental Engineering and Management, Pulp and Paper Technology, Gender and Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Regional and Rural Development Planning and Urban Environmental Management. MISSION AIT's mission is "to develop highly qualified and committed professionals who will play a leading role in the sustainable development of the region and its integration into the global economy". AIT will serve the human resource development needs of developing countries in Asia taking into account their specific development priorities, gender issues, and social values.SERD activities and function will be within this framework, as a majority of its graduates return and participate in the development goals of their countries. Those who pursue their doctoral degrees increase their professional skills and qualifications. VISION SERD responds to regional needs by mobilizing and enhancing capacities for socially, economically and environmentally sound development in partnerships with public and private sectors. The School's interdisciplinary approach integrates technological, natural and social sciences.The School will continue its leadership role in offering excellent academic programs relevant to regional needs and responsive to students' interests. the research will be concentrated toward focal areas and are to be conducted by core teams. outreach will be community-service-oriented. will be consolidated and financially viable. The School activities including the students, staff, faculty, and curricula, will be subject to quality assessment. Read less