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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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VID Specialized University

Do you want to learn more about grassroots community development, civil society, diversity, and being an agent and leader for the social change? Our new master's degree p ... [+]

Do you want to learn more about grassroots community development, civil society, diversity, and being an agent and leader for the social change? Our new master's degree prepares students to solve societal challenges in local and global communities.

What will you learn?

Global trends increasingly affect local societies. Both individual citizens and local actors in civil society, religious organizations, churches, welfare, and health services have to adjust to new frameworks and situations of constant change. Are you looking for a future job where you can contribute to sustainable societal development? Do you want to acquire skills that foster cooperation and social innovation?

Starting from the UN sustainable development goals, this master's programme in Community Development and Social Innovation offers a platform for learning about co-operation and leading for change. Candidates will be prepared to initiate and nurture processes of interaction between different cultures and sectors in society (public, private, civil society), between varying secular and religious life stances and between professionals and volunteers.... [-]

Norway Oslo Stavanger
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
International University of Japan

Japan-Global Development program (JGDP) is a newly established two-year master’s program to provide students the opportunity to learn universal development and growth log ... [+]

Japan-Global Development program (JGDP) is a newly established two-year master’s program to provide students the opportunity to learn universal development and growth logic in the fields of politics, economy and management, using Japan’s experiences in economic development and corporate growth as basic case materials. The JGDP was jointly developed by JICA and IUJ under the JICA-DSP.* *JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Development Studies Program (JICA-DSP) ”JICA-DSP” is a program that invites future leaders from partner countries to Japan to complete master’s or doctor’s degrees at Japanese graduate schools, where they learn about Japan’s experiences with its own modernization and development experience with Japanese development cooperation to other countries. JICA and universities in Japan jointly built and offer the JICA-DSP. Students will not only study in their respective academic fields, but will also learn much from modern Japan’s experience of development, which differs significantly from the history of growth and development found in the West. Students can study the “Japanese experience” systematically, including even negative ones, so that they may use this knowledge to contribute to the development of their own countries. THE CURRICULUM ... [-]
Japan Niigata
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Georgetown University - SFS - School of Foreign Service

Master of Global Human Development (MGHD) prepares students—through coursework, co-curricular activity, and a summer field assignment—to understand the challenges of deve ... [+]

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.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

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 ... [+]

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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USA San Francisco Mexico Buenavista
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2 years
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Georgetown University - McCourt School of Public Policy

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.... [-]

USA Washington
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Massey University

Development studies at Massey is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings. ... [+]

What is like?

Development studies at Massey is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

Advance straight from your bachelor’s degree

The Master of International Development is a 180-credit course that can follow on immediately from your bachelor’s degree.

Deepen your understanding to effect change

You will gain an advanced understanding of how the global economic, social, political and environmental forces affect people and shape different parts of the world. These insights will allow you to recognise where inequalities lie and identify strategies to help overcome poverty and enhance human wellbeing.

Learn from experts in the field

Massey University was, in 1989, the first university in New Zealand to offer postgraduate qualifications in development studies. We’ve built on that reputation by developing world-class courses in international development.... [-]

New Zealand Palmerston North
March 2020
Campus
Online
University Centre of the 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 f ... [+]

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.... [-]

Iceland Ísafjörður
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Full-time
18 - 24 months
Campus
Higher School of Economics

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 cou ... [+]

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.... [-]

Russia Moscow
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Palacky University

The aim of the Foresight for Environment and Development program is to prepare foresight-focused professionals for careers in environment and development policy and pract ... [+]

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. ... [-]

Czech Republic Olomouc
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of 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 f ... [+]

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.... [-]

Italy Pavia
October 2019
Full-time
15 months
Campus
Mendel University in Brno

Specialism "International Development Studies", as part of program "International Territorial Studies" focuses on education and teaching of current issues of the developi ... [+]

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.... [-]

Czech Republic Brno-sever
February 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Malmö University

The master’s programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER) focuses on current international developments and research perspectives in migration and eth ... [+]

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.... [-]

Sweden Malmö
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Universitatea De Vest Din Timisoara

In a multi-disciplinary context, international development studies examine social, political and economic transformations involved in the development and key issues conne ... [+]

In a multi-disciplinary context, international development studies examine social, political and economic transformations involved in the development and key issues connected to globalization, inequality, poverty, gender relations, environmental degradation and other dimensions constitutive to development. Focusing on a global perspective, the Master's in International Development and Management of Global Affairs offers to its student's new professional opportunities for working in international non-governmental organizations or bilateral and multilateral development organizations by connecting local academic initiatives to global evolutions in international development studies.

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Romania Timișoara
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
IPSL Institute for Global Learning

Independently designed and curated curriculum that responds to current social issues aligns with service and research opportunities and reflects student interests and lat ... [+]

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.*... [-]

USA Portland Peru Cusco Colombia Medellín Cartagena Vietnam Hanoi Tanzania Arusha Greece Thessaloniki Samothraki  + 10 More
September 2019
Full-time
13 months
Online & Campus Combined
University of 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 jointl ... [+]

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 ... [-]
Germany Oldenburg
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Full-time
2 years
Campus