Master of Science in International Development

Master of Science in International Development

This is a rigorous two-year program requiring 36 units of study, plus the development of a community-level project to the point of implantation, with a detailed Project Report in lieu of a thesis. This is often described as a Major Applied Research Project or MARP. The subject areas to be studied are fully covered in the syllabus for this program. The program is given only in facilitated cohort groups of approximately ten people. Those interested in this possibility should correspond with the Administration about the formation of a cohort in their locality.

The M.S. in International Development degree program is an economic-centered, multi-disciplinary program with an emphasis on policy and practice. To meet theses’ objectives, students will combine development theory with practice so that they will possess the skills needed to work with development organizations across the world. This program emphasizes (1) the development of research skills that are essential for further study in the field of development economics and in practical development work and (2) prepares graduates for employment with government ministries, national and international development agencies, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the private sector as governance, procurement, and rural development specialists.

Program Level Learning Outcomes of the M.Sc. in International Development Studies program

Learning outcomes/exit qualifications are:

  • The student has insight into current international developments in relevant theories on international development issues and in urban and rural development in developing and transition countries; the student can recognize and analyze controversies in this field, and can make an informed contribution to the debate.
  • The student is competent to analyze spatial processes and explain these in terms of the interaction between spatial structures and spatial behavior of the actors and can relate these processes to the aspect of scale.
  • The student can set up and carry out theory-grounded empirical research, can interpret the results, and can justify the use of appropriate data sources and research techniques.
  • The student can formulate clear arguments based on geographical concepts and scientific knowledge and can place them in a societal context.


  • The student can effectively present the results of scientific research and communicate the relevance of scientific insights to professionals and interested parties.


  • The student can master new subjects and take a critical stance on the acquired knowledge.



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