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Masters Programs in Development Studies

Compare 41 Masters Programs in 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.

41 Results in Development Studies

Master in Community Development and Social Innovation

VID Specialized University
Campus Full-time 2 years August 2019 Norway Oslo Stavanger + 1 more

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.


Master in Japan-Global Development

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


Master in Population and Development

Higher School of Economics
Campus Full-time 2 years September 2019 Russia Moscow

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.


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.


Master in Cooperation and Development

University of Pavia
Campus Full-time 15 months October 2019 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.


Master of International Development

Massey University
Campus Online March 2019 New Zealand Palmerston North

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


Master in International Development Studies

Palacky University
Campus Full-time 2 years September 2019 Czech Republic Olomouc

The aim of the International Development Studies program in English is to prepare professionals for careers in 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.).


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 Communication for Development

Malmö University
Online Part-time 2 years September 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.


Masters Program in Development and International Cooperation

Sapienza University of Rome
Campus Full-time 2 years October 2019 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.


Master's degree in Social Sciences of Development

Université Du Québec En Outaouais UQO
Campus Full-time Part-time 3 months September 2019 Canada Gatineau + 1 more

This multidisciplinary training is for candidates who want to give themselves the tools they need to become professionals and development leaders able to identify current challenges and propose innovative solutions.


Master in International Development & Service (IDS)

IPSL Institute for Global Learning
Online & Campus Combined Full-time 13 months May 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.