Masters Programs in Development Studies

Compare 41 Masters Programs in Development Studies

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 Japanese Development

International University of Japan
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Japan Niigata

This is a new two-year master’s program to educate future top leaders from Japan, Asia and Africa (and perhaps Latin America) about Japan’s experience in economic and societal development since the Meiji restoration, and its logical underpinnings. [+]

Japanese Development Program (JDP)

in collaboration with “JICA Program with Universities for Development Studies (JProUD)* ”

Overview:

This is a new two-year master’s program to educate future top leaders from Japan, Asia and Africa (and perhaps Latin America) about Japan’s experience in economic and societal development since the Meiji restoration, and its logical underpinnings.

1. The logic and lessons (both positive and negative) from Japanese experiences will help future leaders from abroad when they have to think about their strategy for development back home.

2. The same logic and lessons will also benefit future Japanese leaders if only to understand their own history and to become able to explain Japan better outside the country.... [-]


Master of Global Human Development (MGHD)

Georgetown University - SFS - School of Foreign Service
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Washington

Master of Global Human Development (MGHD) prepares students—through coursework, co-curricular activity, and a summer field assignment—to understand the challenges of development and provides them with the tools and experience to address those challenges as successful professionals. [+]

The Master of Global Human Development is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program that is designed to prepare the next generation of development professionals to work with public sector agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations involved in the sector. Through coursework, extra-curricular activity and a practical fieldwork experience students understand the challenges of development and develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become leaders in their field and make a difference in our global community.

About the Program

One billion people today still live in extreme poverty. Reducing world poverty and promoting growth and development in poor countries are among the major challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Bringing about this change has never been more urgent or more prominent in public discourse on international relations, or in the priorities of graduate students considering their future careers.... [-]


M.Phil. in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict

Trinity College Dublin
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 Ireland Dublin

This course critically examines the techniques used by states to manage population movement and conflict, their social and cultural impact and the responses they elicit. It is unique in the way it applies race-critical, cultural and postcolonial theories to racialization, population movement, conflict, and peace-making. It is designed for people who work or wish to work in any of these fields, and/or who are thinking of Ph.D. research. There is a focus on Ireland, Europe (including the Balkans), the US and the Middle East. [+]

This course critically examines the techniques used by states to manage population movement and conflict, their social and cultural impact and the responses they elicit. It is unique in the way it applies race-critical, cultural and postcolonial theories to racialization, population movement, conflict, and peace-making. It is designed for people who work or wish to work in any of these fields, and/or who are thinking of Ph.D. research. There is a focus on Ireland, Europe (including the Balkans), the US and the Middle East.

The course has three components:

Three core modules: race-critical theory, research methods, and colonialism, conflict and liberal intervention. Optional modules covering topics such as ethnic cleansing and forced migration; ethnicity and social policy; human rights and international issues; gender, race, and conflict; migration and the European labor market; migration and education; representation and resistance; social movements and international solidarity. (Topics can vary from year to year). A 20,000-word dissertation researched and written under the supervision of a member of staff with relevant expertise. ... [-]

Master in Migration Studies (MIMS)

University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco Mexico Buenavista + 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. [+]

Program Details

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's Degree in Development and International Cooperation

Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset
Online Full time 11 months February 2019 Spain Madrid

The Master's Degree in Development and International Cooperation has been designed to train technicians, cooperation agents and public policy decision-makers capable of managing the resources mobilized in this field with optimum results. It is essential to have professionals capable of promoting development from the different instances that manage these resources: international organizations, NGDOs, state, regional and local cooperation agencies; ministerial dependencies, companies, foundations, etc. For this reason, and from a training that combines theoretical, methodological and practical modules in a balanced way, this online program guarantees the training of the technicians and development agents that the cooperation system demands. [+]

The Master's Degree in Development and International Cooperation has been designed to train technicians, cooperation agents and public policy decision-makers capable of managing the resources mobilized in this field with optimum results. It is essential to have professionals capable of promoting development from the different instances that manage these resources: international organizations, NGDOs, state, regional and local cooperation agencies; ministerial dependencies, companies, foundations, etc. For this reason, and from a training that combines theoretical, methodological and practical modules in a balanced way, this online program guarantees the training of the technicians and development agents that the cooperation system demands.... [-]


Master in International Development Policy

Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 USA Washington

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.... [-]


Master in Cooperation and Development

University of Pavia
Campus Full time 15 months October 2018 Italy Pavia

The Master Program in Cooperation and Development (Pavia, Italy) features a 15-month schedule open to students coming from different cultural and academic background It foresees more than 500 hours of classes and seminars, with a special focus on inclusive development. The Program is full time and is fully taught in English. Following the residential period in Pavia, all the students carry out an internship for a minimum duration of 3 months which can be either an on-the-field experience with one of the partner organization or a research period in an International Institution. As partial fulfillment of the Master requirements, students are required to write a thesis linked to their internship experience or upon a research issue of their interest. [+]

The Master Program in Cooperation and Development (Pavia, Italy) features a 15-month schedule open to students coming from different cultural and academic background It foresees more than 500 hours of classes and seminars, with a special focus on inclusive development. The Program is full time and is fully taught in English. Following the residential period in Pavia, all the students carry out an internship for a minimum duration of 3 months which can be either an on-the-field experience with one of the partner organization or a research period in an International Institution. As partial fulfillment of the Master requirements, students are required to write a thesis linked to their internship experience or upon a research issue of their interest.... [-]


Master in International Development Studies

Mendel University in Brno
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Czech Republic Brno-sever

Specialism "International Development Studies", as part of program "International Territorial Studies" focuses on education and teaching of current issues of the developing world from the global and comparative points of view. [+]

Master in International Development Studies

This Master‘s degree program in the sphere of International Territorial Studies focuses on „International Development Studies“, enabling students to specialize either in Global Development or European Studies. The program aims to provide students with the ability to identify critical factors and trends in the developing world both in general and international contexts, assess the causality and existence of problems in the developing world and draft proposals for effective solutions (including critical situations), translate proposals addressing these issues into development assistance projects, including respecting the environmental impacts of decisions in a broader context. At the same time, students will gain practical knowledge of specific current issues related to selected regions of the developing world, namely Africa, South and Southeast Asia, or Latin America (based on their choice) and will be able to draft development projects for the particular region they select. Graduates of European Studies will be able to understand the role of the European Union in the global environment, with special emphasis on its interaction with developing countries.... [-]


Master in Foresight for Environment and Development

Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Czech Republic Olomouc

The aim of the Foresight for Environment and Development program is to prepare foresight-focused professionals for careers in environment and development policy and practice. The duration of the program is 2 years. Students will be awarded the title of “Magister”, abbreviated as “Mgr.” which is equivalent to the Master of Science (M.Sc.). [+]

Palacký University Olomouc

Palacký University, established in 1573, is one of the leading centres of teaching and research in the Czech Republic. It comprises eight faculties at the present time and offers degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including medicine and other natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, as well as legal education. In the recent years, one of the highest priorities of the University is to strengthen international cooperation with other higher education institutions. Up to date, more than 1 700 international students study at Palacký University.

Palacký University is located in historical but dynamic city of Olomouc. The town itself is very old and picturesque and it is surrounded by sports facilities and nature. The city of Olomouc is well-known for its high density of university students: over 24 000 students in the city of 100 000 inhabitants make Olomouc the city with the highest density of university students in Central Europe. ... [-]


Master in Coastal Communities and Regional Development

University Centre of the Westfjords
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2019 Iceland Ísafjörður

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.... [-]


Joint European Master in Comparative Local Development

Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations
Campus Full time 3 years September 2019 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.... [-]


Master in International Development & Service (IDS)

IPSL Institute for Global Learning
Online & Campus Combined Full time 13 months January 2019 USA Portland Peru Cusco Colombia Medellín Cartagena Vietnam Hanoi Tanzania Arusha Greece Thessaloniki Samothraki + 12 more

Independently designed and curated curriculum that responds to current social issues aligns with service and research opportunities and reflects student interests and latest trends in the field of International Development. [+]

The Master of Arts in International Development & Service (IDS) has built-in study abroad terms and is designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships and empower communities.

Similar to IPSL Institute for Global Learning’s MA in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA), students are prepared for careers with nonprofit, government, and community development organizations through an interdisciplinary program that combines rigorous academic training with hands-on skill development through volunteer service in several countries. Students pursuing the IDS program will be required to take a minimum number of development theory courses abroad.*... [-]


European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR)

University of Oldenburg
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 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 Population and Development

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Russia Moscow South Korea Seoul + 2 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.... [-]


Master in Communication for Development

Malmö University
Online Part time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Malmö

In this programme, where the form of study strives to be conducive to the course content, progression lies in the group dynamic process as well as in the coursework itself. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject means that the same content should provide in-depth knowledge for students with different backgrounds. [+]

Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies on culture, communication and development and integrating them with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the contexts of globalisation.

In this programme, where the form of study strives to be conducive to the course content, progression lies in the group dynamic process as well as in the coursework itself. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject means that the same content should provide in-depth knowledge for students with different backgrounds. One major point of this pedagogical approach is to bring together different experiences. The group diversity should allow students to deepen their knowledge of their own major as well as gain a sufficient overview based on the academic backgrounds and practical experiences of other students. This will allow them to be able to work both interdisciplinary and transcultural in their future professions.... [-]