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12 Masters Programs in Rural Development

A masters degree in Rural Development is a degree program that focuses on identifying methods required to turn rural regions into agriculturally productive areas, and to improve health and nutrition of the communities in these rural areas. It is a field of study that uses principles of both economy and geography. It also prepares an individual for future work in organizations that address food tr… Read more

A masters degree in Rural Development is a degree program that focuses on identifying methods required to turn rural regions into agriculturally productive areas, and to improve health and nutrition of the communities in these rural areas. It is a field of study that uses principles of both economy and geography. It also prepares an individual for future work in organizations that address food trade and global development issues. However, for you to earn this advanced degree, you must complete a four-year undergraduate degree. You again have to complete specific industry courses and finish a research project before you graduate.

The program equips the learners with the necessary skills required to thrive in rural development careers. The program also covers specific industry tools needed to develop rural sites and to assess and address rural regions in the country. Students are equipped with various skills available for developing rural areas in both developed and developing countries. Moreover, the students are taught about agricultural economics, which is applicable in the field when making decisions regarding global food policies.

The main objective of a masters in Rural Development is to train students to become specialists in integrated rural development, and focus on socio-economic and institutional aspects both in developed and developing countries.

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Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies
Jelgava, Latvia

The Master study programme in Agricultural Engineering offers two specialisation options: Automotive Engineering and Power Engineering. The programme includes the study course ... +

The Master study programme in Agricultural Engineering offers two specialisation options: Automotive Engineering and Power Engineering. The programme includes the study courses: Research and Engineering science, Computerized Measurement Systems, Logistics, Transport Management and Logistics, Automobile Construction Technology, Traffic Management and Modelling, Alternative Fuels and Oils, Intellectual Technologies and systems, etc. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Ghent, Belgium

The International MSc in Rural Development (IMRD), part of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme, is a joint degree which offers you the opportunity to study rural developm ... +

The International MSc in Rural Development (IMRD), part of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme, is a joint degree which offers you the opportunity to study rural development in its diversity of international approaches and applications. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
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 2022
Campus
 

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University of the Highlands and Islands
Perth, United Kingdom

If you want to progress into a managerial role in rural development, this postgraduate course in Sustainable Rural Development is for you.

If you want to progress into a managerial role in rural development, this postgraduate course in Sustainable Rural Development is for you. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 6 years
English
Sep 2022
Online
 
University Of Debrecen

The objective of the program is to prepare professionals for understanding sustainable development and the present problems of rural areas basing on knowledge relating to agri ... +

The objective of the program is to prepare professionals for understanding sustainable development and the present problems of rural areas basing on knowledge relating to agriculture, economic management as well as regional and rural development, for cooperating in the determination of the possible directions of development, defining special development programs, managing their realizations and carrying out the monitoring of the processes. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Agrocampus Ouest
Rennes, France +1 More

This master's degree is a fully integrated and globally competitive Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, designed by a broad consortium of European and non-European universitie ... +

This master's degree is a fully integrated and globally competitive Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, designed by a broad consortium of European and non-European universities in Rural Development. It offers the opportunity to become an international expert on rural development in its diversity of approaches and applications. Ghent University is the coordinating institute for the IMRD program. -
Master
Full-time
French, English
Campus
 
National University of Cuyo | Universidad Nacional De Cuyo UNCUYO
Mendoza, Argentina

The Master in Extension and Rural Development is professional and is framed in the rural territorial development approach, which involves strong interdisciplinary and inter-in ... +

The Master in Extension and Rural Development is professional and is framed in the rural territorial development approach, which involves strong interdisciplinary and inter-institutional work. In addition, it promotes competency-based training and the application of knowledge to solve the problems faced by extension workers, promoters, and/or development agents in their daily tasks. -
Master
Spanish (Argentina)
Campus
 
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Alnarp, Sweden +1 More

There is a growing understanding that the challenges in the development and management of rural areas globally depend on a variety of social, economic, political and ecologica ... +

There is a growing understanding that the challenges in the development and management of rural areas globally depend on a variety of social, economic, political and ecological factors. -
Master
Full-time
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Asian Institute of Technology School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD)
Rangsit, Thailand

The RRDP focuses on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life and social and economic development of rural areas. Practice-oriented rural-regional planning is carried ... +

The RRDP focuses on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life and social and economic development of rural areas. Practice-oriented rural-regional planning is carried out regularly at district. -
Master
Full-time
4 semesters
Campus
 
Royal Agricultural University

This one-year Masters degree provides a highly-regarded course of studies to equip you for such a career. Not only does it provide an opportunity to gain an MSc in Rural Estat ... +

This one-year Masters degree provides a highly-regarded course of studies to equip you for such a career. Not only does it provide an opportunity to gain an MSc in Rural Estate Management, but also a fast-track route to qualification as a chartered surveyor, as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) fully accredits this course. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Szent István University

The program - based on agricultural, economic, management and rural sociology studies – focuses primarily on the understanding of the current problems of sustainable developme ... +

The program - based on agricultural, economic, management and rural sociology studies – focuses primarily on the understanding of the current problems of sustainable development and rural regions, the cooperation in the possible directions of development, the preparation of actual development projects, as well as the management and monitoring of project implementation. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Ghent University - Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Ghent, Belgium

At a top-50 university and a top-15 faculty worldwide, you become an expert in developping programs to improve nutrition of populations.

At a top-50 university and a top-15 faculty worldwide, you become an expert in developping programs to improve nutrition of populations. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus