Masters Programs in Development Studies

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Development Studies

A masters degree in development studies is offered in most universities across the globe. The masters program has been identified as one of the most marketable masters programs in various regions of the world with lots of job opportunities for graduates with academic qualification in the field.

Development studies is a university program that is classified under the social sciences. For most universities, the program also encompasses units that cover international relations. The institutions also arrange for their students to obtain internships abroad for the best hands on experiences to help them set their career paths. Depending on the intellectual interests and career goals of the student, the units to be covered may differ; offering units that suit students with an international development agenda and a local one as well.

Economics program is usually offered to partner up the development studies program because they share lots of similarities. The masters degree in development studies focuses on three key areas affecting mankind; social, economic and political sectors. Different development policies that have had impacts and helped shape the community both locally and internationally often form the point of scrutiny for the student enrolled for this university program. Enrolling for this masters program enables a student to develop a critical awareness of their society.

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Master in Migration Studies (MIMS)

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 USA San Francisco Mexico Mexico City + 2 more

The Master of Arts in Migration Studies is a two-year, 31-unit program that begins each fall. Students are given the option to study at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (classes are conducted in English) during the second semester, but an identical curriculum is offered at USF. Students who study in Mexico City return to USF for their second year. The program consists of five core courses, four special topics courses, and four research seminars. Summer fieldwork and immersion trips are available, including opportunities offered worldwide by the more than 200 Jesuit universities and Jesuit-affiliated institutes and social service agencies. [+]

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The Master of Arts in Migration Studies is a two-year, 31-unit program that begins each fall. Students are given the option to study at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (classes are conducted in English) during the second semester, but an identical curriculum is offered at USF. Students who study in Mexico City return to USF for their second year. The program consists of five core courses, four special topics courses, and four research seminars. Summer fieldwork and immersion trips are available, including opportunities offered worldwide by the more than 200 Jesuit universities and Jesuit-affiliated institutes and social service agencies.

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Master in International Development and Management of Global Affairs

Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Romania Timisoara

This new master program of our faculty seeks to respond to employers and students demands for an education closer to practice and a better adjustment to labor market needs. We are aware of the fact that most of our graduates find employment in the new globalized economy dominated by multinational enterprises. This is why we offer, after a first year centered on the development of the most important skills for a work in international relations, the possibility to choose in the second year from three attractive modules: International development studies, European studies, and African studies. [+]

The Faculty of Political Science, Philosophy and Communication Sciences is the youngest and most dynamic of the faculties of the West University of Timisoara, being created in 1999. Most of our students study international relations, public relations, communication, and journalism. Teaching takes place in Romanian, English, and German. The faculty has nine bachelor programs, six master programs, and two doctoral programs, in political science and in philosophy.

This new master program of our faculty seeks to respond to employers and students demands for an education closer to practice and a better adjustment to labor market needs. We are aware of the fact that most of our graduates find employment in the new globalized economy dominated by multinational enterprises. This is why we offer, after a first year centered on the development of the most important skills for a work in international relations, the possibility to choose in the second year from three attractive modules: International development studies, European studies, and African studies.... [-]


Master in Coastal Communities and Regional Development

University Centre of the Westfjords
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2018 Iceland Westfjords

Coastal Communities and Regional Development is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program on the development of rural and remote areas in the past and in the future. [+]

Coastal Communities and Regional Development is an international, multidisciplinary master’s program on the development of rural and remote areas in the past and in the future. It focuses on coastal communities along the North Atlantic and the Arctic, although theoretical foundations might be found in other regions.

The program is specially built on the principle and practice of sociology, macroeconomics and geography/planning. By the end of the program, students understand the changes and challenges of coastal communities' development and have versed themselves in methods and skills to predict their development and manage it. The language of teaching and general communication is English. The program is offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður in co-operation with the University of Akureyri. Teaching takes place in Ísafjörður.... [-]


Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in International Development Studies (GLODEP)

Palacky University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Czech Republic Olomouc

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in International Development Studies (GLODEP) is a two-year multidisciplinary master program in development studies, with an economic grounding and policy perspective. [+]

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in International Development Studies (GLODEP)

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in International Development Studies (GLODEP) is a two-year multidisciplinary master program in development studies, with an economic grounding and policy perspective. GLODEP has a fixed structure: a first semester at Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Republic), second semester at the University Clermont Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and a third semester at the University of Pavia (Pavia, Italy). The fourth semester is dedicated to an internship or research stay, preferably with one of the fourteen associated partners of the consortium (see Academic Associates and Non-Academic Associates); and to thesis writing.... [-]


Master in International Development Policy

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Washington DC

A Master in International Development Policy gives the next generation of international development leaders the skills they need to change the world. [+]

A Master in International Development Policy gives the next generation of international development leaders the skills they need to change the world.

The Master in International Development Policy (MIDP) degree equips students with essential technical and analytical skills necessary to make a positive difference in the world while delivering expertise in the politics, management, and ethics of development.

Our students recognize that well-designed government policies and development programs can be powerful instruments for improving public welfare, but that without a proper understanding of the economic and institutional context, efforts can be misdirected and even counterproductive.... [-]


Program for Management Development

Strathmore Business School (SBS)
Campus Full time 1 year January 2019 Kenya Nairobi

For any business or company to succeed, it is vital to identify the talent and prowess of seasoned leaders who will propagate efficiency and effectiveness throughout all the organizational systems. PMD is designed to prepare these senior management potentials for a level of greater responsibility. [+]

For any business or company to succeed, it is vital to identify the talent and prowess of seasoned leaders who will propagate efficiency and effectiveness throughout all the organizational systems.

PMD is designed to prepare these senior management potentials for a level of greater responsibility. It is fashioned to equip functional managers with the tools necessary to develop them into multifaceted leaders, hence taking up greater challenges and decisions to attract prosperity within a company.

Impact The PMD will adequately prepare you for a position of greater responsibility by broadening your managerial and strategic perspectives, sharpening your ability to tackle management challenges and developing your people-management skills. You will improve your performance in your current position and increase the possibility of assuming new responsibilities. The program will enable you to develop as well as understand yourself, and your management style. Some International faculty will be available for your personal consultations. Our take-home agenda will keep you on the knowledge platform thereby helping you continue your education. You will become a member of the Strathmore alumni network. Key Focus Areas Provide a forum for discussion which will enable managers to re-assess their views on the current business environment. Broaden participants’ management focus to obtain a more global perspective of business thereby be better prepared for decision-making and analysis. Challenge previously held concepts and assumptions in order to align business practices with the latest trends in economic conditions. Present the latest concepts and ideas for developing corporate strategies that create value for... [-]

Technology of Solving Development Problems

European Center for Peace and Development - University for Peace established by United Nations (ECPD)
Campus Part time 2 years October 2018 Serbia Belgrade

During the period 1986-1991, the ECPD organized and successfully conducted the postgraduate studies at the master’s level - “Technology of Problem Solving” - in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Athens, and Heidelberg. The evaluations of the quality of these postgraduate studies made by the students (about one hundred), as well as by the ECPD management and professional bodies imposed a need for and justified the resumption of such postgraduate studies, including necessary innovations. [+]

During the period 1986-1991, the ECPD organized and successfully conducted the postgraduate studies at the master’s level - “Technology of Problem Solving” - in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Athens, and Heidelberg. The evaluations of the quality of these postgraduate studies made by the students (about one hundred), as well as by the ECPD management and professional bodies imposed a need for and justified the resumption of such postgraduate studies, including necessary innovations.

More than ten years have elapsed since the organization of the above mentioned post- graduate studies. This is not a long period but in the meantime the complexity, delica- cy, significance and urgency of solving numerous problems in all facets of life, work and development increased noticeably. During that period, the entire world embarked on the so-called process of transition: from one socio-economic system to another; from the vanishing global technological system to the emerging one; from mutually destructive and competitive structures to competitive and cooperative ones; from larger systems to their fragmentation and vice versa; from conflicts to cooperation; from the current understanding of the world to a new one; from the prevailing material economy to the predominantly service one; from quantity to quality as the prevailing value; from a bureaucratically hierarchized structure to an organic, corporative one; from special- ized to multidisciplinary problems; from simple to multidimensional interdependent and tightly connected life and the world – to mention only some of the ongoing pro- cesses of transition.... [-]


Master in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (Two Years)

Malmö University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Malmö

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies. [+]

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies.

What makes International Migration and Ethnic Relations unique?

This master's programme teaches you how to conduct in-depth analysis, evaluate policies and criticise and critique migration-related policies.You should expect research-based training and an interdisciplinary outlook that links social sciences with humanities.... [-]


Master in Population and Development

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Russia Moscow St. Petersburg South Korea Seoul + 3 more

The main aim of the "Population and Development" programme is to train the specialists who will be ready for practical development problems solution. These challenges could be results of rapid changes in social and economic sphere or on the other hand be set by the public administration on different levels to prevent the negative consequences of population changes or to utilize the positive demographic impact. [+]

About the Programme

The main aim of the "Population and Development" programme is to train the specialists who will be ready for practical development problems solution. These challenges could be results of rapid changes in social and economic sphere or on the other hand be set by the public administration on different levels to prevent the negative consequences of population changes or to utilize the positive demographic impact.

The programme develops students’ skills in applying multi-disciplinary analytic approaches to population development and resource allocation issues that are essential for management and public administration in numerous sectors. The specialists graduated from our programme will have skills and knowledge in principals of population changes and social economic development. They will be able to use modern methods of data analysis and interpretation of the results. They will understand the capacities and limitations of the basic instruments of development and their practical usage.... [-]


Masters in International Policy and Development

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 USA Monterey

The Middlebury Institute Master’s in International Policy and Development prepares graduates to bridge the gaps between policy and practice while addressing complex international policy and development issues. [+]

Promote Global Development

The Middlebury Institute Master’s in International Policy and Development prepares graduates to bridge the gaps between policy and practice while addressing complex international policy and development issues. The student-centered program combines interdisciplinary coursework and professional experiences to help graduates launch careers in foreign policy and international relations, resolving conflicts, addressing human rights abuses, and promoting global development. The four-semester 60-credit program includes core coursework and optional areas of concentration, as well as courses taught in a student’s chosen language of study and a professional practicum.... [-]


Master in Development Studies (MDS)

African School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Benin Cotonou

This two-year program offers academic training in social sciences related to development, featuring two tracks: Economic History, and Sociology and Political Science. It is offered only to full-time students and provides foundational economics training to students alongside locally-tailored coursework in other social sciences. [+]

Master in Development Studies (MDS)

This two-year program offers academic training in social sciences related to development, featuring two tracks: Economic History, and Sociology and Political Science. It is offered only to full-time students and provides foundational economics training to students alongside locally-tailored coursework in other social sciences. It is aimed at students with bachelor degrees in History, Anthropology, Sociology, Philosophy, and Legal Studies. The MDS program seeks to prepare students for a wide variety of paths, including doctoral studies in the social sciences, research opportunities, and work in public, non-profit or private sectors in a range of roles.

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European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR)

University of Oldenburg
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Germany Oldenburg

EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. [+]

EMMIR is the European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations. It is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Migration Studies. The first cohort set out to study in September 2011; since 2013 the programme is fully accredited by the national agencies as part of the European pilot project JOQAR.

EMMIR is jointly run by three African and four European universities, facilitated by a wider network of partners. Various associate organisations on the regional, national and international level provide significant assistance for student internships and graduate's employment. The seven partner institutions and potential hosts during your studies are:

University of Oldenburg, Germany (coordinating) Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, Sudan Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Uganda University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic University of Stavanger, Norway University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa ... [-]

Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues (M.Phil)

MF Norwegian School of Theology
Campus Full time August 2018 Norway Oslo

This Master’s program aims at providing insights into various relationships between religion and society in an increasingly global and multicultural world. [+]

The program is based on courses in social sciences and religious studies. An essential part of the program is to give insight into the different ways by which religion is shaped by various local and regional social conditions. It aims at giving a more profound understanding of the relationship between religion and society in a global perspective and includes courses in:

ethics sociology of religion intercultural communication human rights, conflict, and reconciliation Career opportunities

The program provides education for positions in the field of research and education. Furthermore, it qualifies for jobs in institutions and organizations where knowledge of religion in an international and global perspective is required. It is also relevant for positions of leadership within the public and private sector.... [-]


Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development

Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 Hungary Budapest

Master CoDe main objective is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and coordinating processes of change and transformation at a local level. [+]

The Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), coordinator, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the University of Regensburg (Germany) and the University of Trento (Italy) in collaboration with the Russian State Social University (Russia), the University of Belgrade (Serbia), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and the Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa) with the support of European Commission, offer a Joint Master’s course degree.

Master CoDe main objective is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills for introducing, supporting and coordinating processes of change and transformation at a local level. The focus of the program is local development, with the following characteristics: public, private and non-governmental actors are the fundamental agents; social stability and economic prosperity are pursued, in conformity with the European standards and best practices. The general approach is comparative and interdisciplinary.... [-]


Masters Program in Development and International Cooperation

Sapienza University of Rome
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Italy Rome

The Masters Program in Development and International Cooperation - Economics for Development (LM-28209) provides students with an advanced understanding of a variety of fields (including sociology, economics, political science, history and law) and the tools that are necessary to analyse and interpret the social, economic, juridical and institutional contexts that characterise developing countries. [+]

The Masters Program in Development and International Cooperation - Economics for Development (LM-28209) provides students with an advanced understanding of a variety of fields (including sociology, economics, political science, history and law) and the tools that are necessary to analyse and interpret the social, economic, juridical and institutional contexts that characterise developing countries.

The program addresses the evaluation and management of international cooperation programs in terms of politics, economy, finance, health, and law.

Political and economic globalization calls for new professional figures that are capable of understanding, assessing and managing the social, cultural and economic challenges that await us. The competences and tools needed to analyze and operate in this context require a vast multi-disciplinary understanding of the international scenario.The Masters Program also focuses on the methodologies employed by bi- and multi-lateral cooperation organizations to develop programs and peace missions.... [-]