Master of Arts (MA) in Development Studies

Top 47 Masters of Arts in Development Studies 2019

Development Studies

Masters degrees, commonly known as MA, are postgraduate degrees lasting at least one year and sometimes two years, they are taught degrees normally requiring some actual research. MA is the most common name for a Masters degree and is often used.

Development studies provide knowledge linking to global development processes and their inter-relationship from a multidisciplinary, social science perspective. Central questions that are addressed include theories of development and underdevelopment, globalisation and the international economic system, foreign assistance, North-South relations and the poverty problem.

MA Program in Development Studies

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MA in Peace, Conflict and Development

University of Bradford
Campus Full time September 2019 United Kingdom Bradford

The MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies provides an advanced understanding of the inter-relationships between conflict, development, security, and governance in developing, fragile, transitional and/or conflict-affected regions and countries. [+]

The MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies provides an advanced understanding of the inter-relationships between conflict, development, security, and governance in developing, fragile, transitional and/or conflict-affected regions and countries.

You’ll gain the understanding and skills you need to pursue or develop a career in what is now a major area for international, national and local policy and practitioner communities. You’ll be equipped to work across many sectors including:

international development conflict prevention and peacebuilding post-conflict recovery humanitarian aid natural resource management

You’ll have the opportunity to take specialist pathways, including specializing in selected regions (Europe, Africa, MENA, Asia, or Latin America and the Caribbean), with opportunities for selected study visits. The programme will provide enhanced training and engagement with widely used policy and practitioner analytical tools and models, enabling you to develop your skills and employability.... [-]


MA in International Development

International University of Japan
Campus Full time September 2019 Japan Niigata

This degree program is designed to educate future leaders in formulating and implementing economic as well as public policies geared for social and economic development. [+]

Main Features

As a successive expansion of this MA degree program in International Development shows, our leading program in International Development maintains its highly reputable development of its educational quality particularly related to development issues. While its core courses are mainly related to modern economics, its outstanding achievements in education comprehensively covering development issues can be found not only in the number of graduates of this degree program but also in the number of countries of all graduates. The diversity of countries of enrolled students provides one of the most ideal environments to study international development issues. The strong human network of the graduates of this program shows the quality of this educational program as well as the benefits which students of this program will gain after their graduation.The program encompasses a wide range of public policy issues in the context of socioeconomic development. These issues are examined in the areas of finance, trade, investment, human resources development, environment, sustainable development, and urban and regional development. Beyond the understanding of the immediate and specific circumstances of country-specific issues, the program provides students with as many opportunities as it can, in order to let students share/deepen development issues of different countries under its rigorous coursework environments. The program consists of required and elective courses and enrolled students can choose several elective courses based on their own research and policy related interests after taking required courses, all of which are designed to make students use highly sophisticated analytical tools smoothly in exploring... [-]


MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

University of London, School of Advanced Study
Online Full time Part time 2 - 5  March 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies provides a rigorous theoretical and practical understanding of the field of international refugee law and forced migration. [+]

MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies via distance learning (DL) (Refugee Law Initiative)

Apply now for the first distance learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. If you already work or volunteer in organisations active in this area, or would like to move into the sector, this Masters will give you:

a prestigious qualification to open doors in your career the tools to work in the field and to undertake campaigning and advocacy work an understanding of the fundamental issues and debates and the key legal concepts. Benefit from supported online learning

As you study by online learning you can fit your studies around your other commitments. You will also be able to share ideas with others who are studying for this programme and receive tuition from leading experts from around the globe.... [-]


MA in Development and Human Rights

Swansea University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  September 2019 United Kingdom Swansea + 1 more

The MA in Development and Human Rights examines the comparatively new interface between Human Rights and International Development. [+]

The MA in Development and Human Rights examines the comparatively new interface between Human Rights and International Development.

Key Features

This MA is a multi-disciplinary programme combining insights from the fields of development studies, politics, political theory and international law. It examines some of the key issues confronting twenty-first-century global societies through a dynamic programme that combines theoretical and applied perspectives and is taught by a team of leading academics in their fields.

Students will be encouraged to apply legal theory, social and political theory and research tools in analysing and understanding development and human rights, as well as being taught key historical and policy dimensions and concepts.... [-]


Master of Arts in International Development

University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Campus September 2019 USA Denver

The MA in International Development focuses on development theory, policy analysis, politics of institutions, relevant research, and management skills. The program reflects an approach to development that emphasizes not only economic issues but also the importance and interrelatedness of sustainable economic and human development, human rights, distributive justice and environmental sustainability. In many courses in the international development curriculum, students focus on linkages among scalar levels-from the most macro-level international institutions and initiatives to the most micro-level agendas and actions taken by communities, firms, families and individuals. [+]

The MA in International Development focuses on development theory, policy analysis, politics of institutions, relevant research and management skills. The program reflects an approach to development that emphasizes not only economic issues, but also the importance and interrelatedness of sustainable economic and human development, human rights, distributive justice and environmental sustainability. In many courses in the international development curriculum, students focus on linkages among scalar levels-from the most macro-level international institutions and initiatives to the most micro-level agendas and actions taken by communities, firms, families and individuals.

The program also emphasizes the diversity of needs, desires, opportunities and constraints that are experienced by individuals of differing socioeconomic classes, ethnicities and genders, as well as differences among nations and regions. Students are encouraged to understand and address the many power differentials that profoundly influence processes central to sustainable development.... [-]


MA in Media and Development

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time United Kingdom London

The Media and Development MA is an interdisciplinary course that teaches main theories, concepts, case studies and practical media skills around the theme of media and development and its implications for less developed countries. The course will provide you with a unique blend of theory and practice teaching, aimed at deepening your knowledge of the history of communications within the development process of emerging economies. [+]

The Media and Development MA is an interdisciplinary course that teaches main theories, concepts, case studies and practical media skills around the theme of media and development and its implications for less developed countries. The course will provide you with a unique blend of theory and practice teaching, aimed at deepening your knowledge of the history of communications within the development process of emerging economies. It will critically evaluate the impact of international and regional institutions from a critical political economy perspective. Teaching by academic staff, guest lecturers and other carefully selected staff from development organisations will provide you with an overview of the policies, actions and impact of state and non-state institutions within the area of communication media and development.... [-]


MA in Politics, Development & the Global South

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Politics, Development and the Global South reflects Goldsmiths’ interdisciplinary academic spirit, drawing on expertise in the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, the Department of Politics and International Relations, and other departments from across the university. [+]

How can (and should) we talk about the challenges and possibilities for development in the 21st century?

Development has long been held up as an ideal for societies and peoples, and the pursuit of it has been decisive in shaping the modern world. Many degrees treat it as an uncontested term and presume that the only task is to consider the best means towards this end. By contrast, the MA in Politics, Development and the Global South begins by showing that in the 21st century ‘development’ – what it means and how it is to be achieved – has become a site of struggle, one where new forms of politics and theory have emerged.

Major changes in recent decades, including the emergence of new geopolitical powers on the international stage, growing challenges to neoliberal dogmas, heightened concern with increasing global inequality, and recognition of the danger of ecological devastation, have meant that the study and pursuit of development requires a fresh, innovative approach. Throughout this degree, you’ll study the Global South as a producer, not simply a consumer, in theory, and as a site where novel forms of political struggle are emerging.... [-]


Master of Arts in International Development Studies

The George Washington University - Elliott School Of International Affairs
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Washington + 1 more

The Elliott School M.A. program in International Development Studies (IDS) prepares students for careers in international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. [+]

Steps from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Elliott School engages the Washington and global policy communities in meaningful discussions of development policy. The Elliott School M.A. program in International Development Studies (IDS) prepares students for careers in international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. This program trains the next generation of development practitioners, exposing them to the latest research, best practices from the field, and experiential learning opportunities.

Is this program for you?

The IDS program fosters its students to be engaged, morally intelligent, and committed to improving the human condition. IDS students are taught to think critically but creatively about development and are intensely engaged with today’s cutting-edge developmental issues. Most IDS students have some development experience, or at least experience in the developing world, and are seeking career advancement. The program also attracts some exceptional students who are new to development studies. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines foundation and elective courses selected to the student’s individual professional goals and intellectual interests. The program is structured as a cohort, where students take special courses exclusively offered to IDS students. Most classes meet in the evening to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, or to encourage students to pursue daytime internships and employment in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.... [-]


Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus Full time September 2019 Qatar Doha

The Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development is an interdisciplinary program focusing on issues related to women in the context of social and economic development in the Middle East, as well as women’s various roles in the advancement of their communities and societies. It draws on a variety of disciplines in social sciences and humanities, ranging from economic and social theory; to development and policy studies; to law and communication studies. [+]

The Master of Arts in Women, Society, and Development is an interdisciplinary program focusing on issues related to women in the context of social and economic development in the Middle East, as well as women’s various roles in the advancement of their communities and societies. It draws on a variety of disciplines in social sciences and humanities, ranging from economic and social theory; to development and policy studies; to law and communication studies.

The program equips students with the ability to engage in local and regional knowledge production and to hone their skills in understanding and responding to women issues that are specific to the Middle East.

It enables students to translate this knowledge into practices and social interventions that are needed to improve the status of Middle Eastern girls and women in their own communities.... [-]


MA International Development

Nottingham Trent University: School of Arts and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

This course recognises that international development environments and related debates constantly evolve. It captures this dynamism in its multi-layered approach and it highlights the connections made between different disciplinary areas. [+]

This course recognises that international development environments and related debates constantly evolve. It captures this dynamism in its multi-layered approach, and it highlights the connections made between different disciplinary areas.

This course will introduce you to key concepts and issues related to international development. You will develop an understanding of the key structures, processes, institutions, and relationships relevant to international development.

This will involve a critical analysis of the role and impact of major financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund; the role of the United Nations, with particular emphasis on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; the role of MNCs, NGOs and civil society more generally.... [-]


MA in Environment, Development, and Peace

University for Peace
Campus Full time

The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management, and environmental conflict management from both ecological and social perspectives. It encompasses a broad range of subjects and themes, including Food Systems, Water Management, Forestry, Coastal Resources, Climate Change, Urban Ecology, and Social Movements. The program focuses on the human dimensions of the environment-development nexus, highlighting the connections between local perspectives and broader processes at the national, regional and global levels and emphasizing the importance of political, economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. [+]

The Master of Arts Degree in Environment, Development, and Peace (EDP) provides comprehensive training in issues of sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management, and environmental conflict management from both ecological and social perspectives. It encompasses a broad range of subjects and themes, including Food Systems, Water Management, Forestry, Coastal Resources, Climate Change, Urban Ecology, and Social Movements. The program focuses on the human dimensions of the environment-development nexus, highlighting the connections between local perspectives and broader processes at the national, regional and global levels and emphasizing the importance of political-economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in both environmental and development policy and programming in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.... [-]


MA in Development Economics and International Studies

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg FAU
Campus Full time October 2019 Germany Nuremberg

Development Economics and International Studies [+]

Contents of the degree programme

Compulsory modules:

International Economics I + II Development Economics I + II International Business Ethics I + II Research Methods I + II

Regional modules (varies from year to year):

Economic Development of the Middle East I & II Research Seminar on Iraqi Economy Business & Society in Latin America An Introduction to Population Studies: Southern Africa Introduction to the Chinese Economy China’s Economic Imbalances The Economy of the United States Development Issues of Mexico Economia, sociedad y politica en el mundo iberoamericano

Elective Modules (varies from year to year):

International Finance Sustainable Development and National Strategies Politics in Non-European Regions International Relations Human Rights and Human Rights Policy Work and Organization Comparative Analysis of Societies Master’s thesis Occupational fields Leading positions in public institutions, non-profit organizations and corporate development and collaboration. Teaching and research in development economics International Semester(s) abroad Partner universities of the Institute of Economics Qualification requirements First university degree (Bachelor’s, Diplom or equivalent) in economics. Applicants with a degree in a related subject must submit proof of a strong focus on economics and quantitative methods in their previous studies. Grade point average of 2.5 or better (in the German marking system). If the average mark is between 2.51 and 2.75, there can be a selection interview. Language requirements Good English proficiency required (C1 Level) Proof of German proficiency is not required; however, we strongly recommend German proficiency at CEFR A2 level as a minimum Sound knowledge of English (CEFR C1) Student... [-]

MA in Development Studies

University of Bayreuth
Campus Full time Part time October 2019 Germany Bayreuth + 1 more

The programme of study combines courses in development sociology and politics, geography, and economics. On this basis, students acquire subject-specific as well as interdisciplinary and practical skills. The University of Bayreuth’s research focuses on Africa and its diverse research on the Global South give you access to extensive expertise. [+]

MA Degrees in Development Studies. About

Processes of development, change, and globalization in Latin America, Asia, and Africa are playing an increasingly important global role in this day and age. The interdisciplinary master’s programme “Development Studies” addresses the causes, conditions, and consequences of such processes. Here you have the chance to look at “development” from different perspectives, to link methodological and theoretical approaches, and to detect connections between social, political, and spatial conditions. During your studies, you will gain the ability to analyse development problems and processes of global and local change, to discuss them in consideration of theories from the social sciences and economics, and to apply them in practice as part of a project focussed unit of study.... [-]


Master of Arts or Graduate Diploma in International Development Practice

Mary Immaculate College
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 18  September 2019 Ireland Limerick + 1 more

This innovative programme is designed for those who wish to pursue careers within international organisations, government agencies, non-governmental... [+]

Masters/Grad Dip in International Development Practice via blended learning

The Graduate Diploma/Masters in International Development Practice (MIDP) via blended learning programme is offered on a full-time basis over 18 months, with part-time options also available for participants over an extended period. This programme is intended to help to maximise career opportunities for busy professionals and postgraduate researchers. The course is delivered on a blended learning basis, through a combination of residential summer and winter schools, online lectures and tutorials, an international placement programme that offers course participants the opportunity to obtain real-life experience of integrated approaches to international development practice, plus a 20,000-word dissertation. Additionally, the programme will provide participants with a strong inter-disciplinary foundation and continuing professional development expertise in the area of international development practice.This innovative programme is designed for those who wish to pursue careers within international organisations, government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), philanthropic institutions, and consultancy firms engaged in international development practice. The programme will create a cohort of international practitioners with the capacity to analyse and scrutinise some of the most chronic developmental problems of the twenty-first century and to provide participants with the practical skills to provide resolution along a wide spectrum of critical policy areas.A range of modules, emphasising the practice and theory of development, will be offered in year one of the programmes. Students who successfully complete this phase of the programme will be awarded a Graduate Diploma after Year One. The third semester of the programme will consist primarily of research... [-]


MA in Development Studies

University of the Witwatersrand
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. [+]

MA in Development Studies

A leading inter-disciplinary postgraduate programme in development studies is currently on offer. The programme is social sciences orientated and specializes in health, labour, gender and rural development. The programme is appropriate for students keen to pursue a career in policy research and in the local and international development organizations. Students will be able to draw upon a vast range of local and international academic expertise in a range of disciplines within the School of Social Sciences and in Economics as they critically engage in current local, national and international debates in Development Studies while promoting professional skills in these fields. Students draw upon local and international expertise in a range of disciplines. The student body is cosmopolitan and admission is highly competitive. Students with practical experience in the world of development are especially welcomed. The Programme has grown steadily since its inception in 2001. On average it is estimated that about a third of the student cohort is non-South African. Topics of student research include many focused on studies within Africa broadly.... [-]