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19 Masters Programs in Development Management

After the completion of a bachelor’s degree, pursuing a master’s degree is ideal for higher-level training and education in a particular field. Many careers and upper-level positions require the completion of a master’s degree. Students interested in social policy may be wondering what is a Master in Development Management. This degree prepares graduates to lead organizations and… Read more

After the completion of a bachelor’s degree, pursuing a master’s degree is ideal for higher-level training and education in a particular field. Many careers and upper-level positions require the completion of a master’s degree.

Students interested in social policy may be wondering what is a Master in Development Management. This degree prepares graduates to lead organizations and institutions in the fields of development and public policy. Topics of study may include funding and research, project planning, human resources, sustainability, international economics, and leadership. Many courses also include fundamental instruction on operational theory regarding how development work succeeds in broader global contexts. Some programs have prerequisite courses that must be completed to secure this fundamental knowledge.

Graduate programs in development management impart many practical skills to students. One primary skill is the ability to analyze and critically evaluate social and economic policy. Other skills include research, leadership, and management strategies.

Such programs generally take at least 12 months to complete, and some span over the course of two years. Some universities offer master's programs in development management on a part-time basis.

A Master in Development Management can lead to careers with a variety of institutions. Graduates may find jobs as advisors, consultants, or micro-finance specialists, for example, working with public, private, and not-for-profit agencies. These may include banks, governments, international bodies such as the UN or World Bank, NGOs, social entrepreneurship organizations, religious missionaries, and the like. By applying theory and practice, development managers work to achieve sustainable success in implementing public policy and social initiatives to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet. Many master's programs include networking and career building as part of their curriculum, so students are well-connected to secure employment after degree completion.

With the international role of this degree, programs are offered all around the world. Some may be available as online courses. 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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Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

The MSc in Global Development is an innovative, interdisciplinary and flexible course that equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand, investigate and respond to t ... +

The MSc in Global Development is an innovative, interdisciplinary and flexible course that equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand, investigate and respond to the key development issues of our times. You'll critically examine development theory, policy and practice across a range of contexts and you'll have the opportunity to explore six major issues: migration, socio-economic security, environmental sustainability, technological innovation, the global politics of development, and the politics of doing development. You’ll also deepen your understanding of the issues of most interest to you by examining them through four cross-cutting challenges: conflict, governance, justice, and transformation. This will lay the foundation for undertaking your own independent research project on a development topic of your choice. Overall, the MSc will enable you to build in-depth knowledge and understanding of key development issues, ideas and debates as well as an advanced capacity for critical and reflexive thinking, independent study and research, and collective dialogue and action. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 3 years
English
Online
 
University of Sussex Business School
Brighton, United Kingdom

International businesses need to respond rapidly to concerns on social and environmental impacts. Multinationals are increasingly participating in the Sustainable Development ... +

International businesses need to respond rapidly to concerns on social and environmental impacts. Multinationals are increasingly participating in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pivotal to this is the need for firms to achieve financial returns for shareholders. In this MSc, you’ll study the link between the micro-foundation, economic behaviours and policies of international business, and their impacts on sustainability and development. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2023
01 Aug 2023
Campus
 
University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylän yliopisto, Finland

The programme provides tools for functioning creatively and effectively in the world of international development cooperation and broadens students’ understanding of internati ... +

The programme provides tools for functioning creatively and effectively in the world of international development cooperation and broadens students’ understanding of international development institutions, policies, and actors from a critical, reflexive and interdisciplinary perspective. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 

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LUT University
Lahti, Finland

The program focuses on competencies and skills in the holistic, service-minded development of systems and software. It combines service design methodologies with modern techno ... +

The program focuses on competencies and skills in the holistic, service-minded development of systems and software. It combines service design methodologies with modern technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and distributed systems, to develop digital services. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2023
15 May 2023
Campus
 
University of Sussex
Brighton, United Kingdom

Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity ... +

Food is a cross-cutting development issue that concerns hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition, environment sustainability, power politics, social justice and cultural identity. It is about the global and the local, and the hard trade-offs that the globalisation era has brought about. This MA draws on wide-ranging expertise of faculty at both IDS and School of Global Studies at Sussex (where you’ll be based). -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2023
01 Aug 2023
Campus
 
Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences
Velp, Netherlands

Are you a mid-career development professional, with a background in rural development or agriculture? Within this program, you can enhance your knowledge of food security, soc ... +

Are you a mid-career development professional, with a background in rural development or agriculture? Within this program, you can enhance your knowledge of food security, social inclusion gender, and youth or disaster risk management. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Oct 2023
01 Jul 2023
Campus
 
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

With momentum around the United Nations' (UN) sustainable development goals and the rise of a collaborative effort to reduce or eliminate poverty in developing countries, neve ... +

With momentum around the United Nations' (UN) sustainable development goals and the rise of a collaborative effort to reduce or eliminate poverty in developing countries, never has there been a more exciting time to get involved with international development. Our course prepares you to make a positive impact on the world and offers the chance to gain two qualifications – a Master’s degree and PRINCE2® certification. Whether your future lies in practical aid, emergency response, fundraising, research, education or policy development, this Master’s degree will build your knowledge and expertise in a range of development disciplines. It will give you a firm understanding of development theory in an international context, with a particular focus on how to bring theory into practice, deriving solutions to issues or problems for developing nations. That’s one of many reasons why we attract students from countries around the world, including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Brazil, Columbia and the Philippines. Experienced field practitioners working in international development organisations and NGOs regularly contribute to course content. You will learn from examples across the globe, studying real-life case studies, using official project materials and survey data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other development agencies. You also have a unique opportunity to participate in a study visit to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, where you will hear from experts and discuss topics such as international trade policy, migration and poverty reduction. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Asian Institute of Management
Makati, Philippines

The Master in Development Management (MDM) is a 12-month intensive, innovative, and practitioner-oriented program that gives students the skillset required to understand today ... +

The Master in Development Management (MDM) is a 12-month intensive, innovative, and practitioner-oriented program that gives students the skillset required to understand today’s key development problems, design evidence-based strategic solutions, and manage the implementation of the programs that create and sustain social good with business efficiencies and equity in mind. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
English
Campus
 
EM Normandie Business School
Le Havre, France

The MS Marketing Strategy and Business Development allows you to acquire knowledge and develop your know-how and interpersonal skills, necessary for integration and developmen ... +

The MS Marketing Strategy and Business Development allows you to acquire knowledge and develop your know-how and interpersonal skills, necessary for integration and development in a company. It develops the ability to take initiatives, act as a leader and work in a team, which are essential qualities for the professional success of future managers. -
MSc
Full-time
French
Campus
 
Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu, USA

Lead change in a rapidly developing world with HPU'S MAODC Degree. HPU’s MAODC program gives you all the flexibility you need by letting you complete the program completely on ... +

Lead change in a rapidly developing world with HPU'S MAODC Degree. HPU’s MAODC program gives you all the flexibility you need by letting you complete the program completely online, in-class or in a hybrid format. Enjoy the best of both worlds by engaging in academic and experiential learning with our experienced faculty and partnerships with businesses and organizations, and learn how to make decisions based on research and behavioral science to introduce solutions and interventions that influence an organization’s strategic objectives and bottom line. Make an impact and become the leader modern businesses need! -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online