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Online Master's Degrees in Development Studies 2022

There are several reasons to pursue a graduate degree, chief among them is to develop a specialization. Masters programs typically focus on one area of study to provide students with both experience and proficiency. Students interested in social sciences or global economics may be interested in a postgraduate degree in development studies. What is a Master in Development Studies? As a branch of so… Read more

There are several reasons to pursue a graduate degree, chief among them is to develop a specialization. Masters programs typically focus on one area of study to provide students with both experience and proficiency.

Students interested in social sciences or global economics may be interested in a postgraduate degree in development studies. What is a Master in Development Studies? As a branch of social sciences, development studies are likely offered at only the graduate-level. This degree program focuses on several key areas of social development, such as anthropology, political sociology, economics, and ecology. Students in this degree program likely focus on how these sciences are applied locally, regionally, and globally.

Beyond the development of cultural understanding, students pursuing a Master in Development Studies also develop skills that benefit their everyday life. For example, as this degree program focuses on cultural understanding, it helps scholars develop skills in leadership, communication, creative as well as critical analysis, and professional networking.

Expenses are likely a major concern for those pursuing a graduate-level degree, as is the required time commitment. Most graduate programs can be completed in about two years; however, the cost varies by location and school.

A graduate degree in development studies, with its focus on cultural understanding and social change, provides students with ample opportunity for a fulfilling career. Those who successfully complete the program may find work in teaching, research, planning and policy, advisory organizations, and resource management. More specifically, graduates can find work in both the public and private sector as campaign managers for INGOs, facilitation specialists, and consultants.

Those interested in pursuing a Master in Development Studies may want to research several universities as well as locations to determine what best suits their lifestyle and needs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Open University
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

The MSc in Global Development is an innovative, interdisciplinary and flexible course that equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand, investigate and respond to t ... +

The MSc in Global Development is an innovative, interdisciplinary and flexible course that equips you with the knowledge and skills to understand, investigate and respond to the key development issues of our times. You'll critically examine development theory, policy and practice across a range of contexts and you'll have the opportunity to explore six major issues: migration, socio-economic security, environmental sustainability, technological innovation, the global politics of development, and the politics of doing development. You’ll also deepen your understanding of the issues of most interest to you by examining them through four cross-cutting challenges: conflict, governance, justice, and transformation. This will lay the foundation for undertaking your own independent research project on a development topic of your choice. Overall, the MSc will enable you to build in-depth knowledge and understanding of key development issues, ideas and debates as well as an advanced capacity for critical and reflexive thinking, independent study and research, and collective dialogue and action. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 3 years
English
01 Oct 2022
Online
 
Norwich University Online
Northfield, USA

Norwich University's online Master of Arts in International Relations program explores diverse worldviews and the intricacies of foreign relations to prepare students for care ... +

Norwich University's online Master of Arts in International Relations program explores diverse worldviews and the intricacies of foreign relations to prepare students for career opportunities. Through a virtual, interactive learning environment, the program adheres to the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) standards and can provide students with the skills it takes to interpret and communicate international relations information in a variety of professional settings. -
MA
Part-time
18 months
English
Online
 
Malmö University
Malmö, Sweden

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. Th ... +

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. -
Master
Part-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
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University of London
London, United Kingdom

This MA has quickly become one of the largest programs on forced migration anywhere in the world. The programme provides a solid legal, practical, and theoretical understandin ... +

This MA has quickly become one of the largest programs on forced migration anywhere in the world. The programme provides a solid legal, practical, and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration. You will become more independent in managing and critiquing law, policy, and practice, and also in gathering, organizing, and deploying evidence to form balanced judgments and develop policy recommendations. -
MA
Part-time
2 - 5 years
English
Online
 
Friedensau Adventist University
Möckern, Germany

The MA in Development Studies has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. It aims at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment ... +

The MA in Development Studies has a specific focus on development studies and issues around global justice. It aims at professionalizing those already working in develop­ment or others for whom an e-learning program seems more fitting. It offers a solid academic base in the field of development studies. Students learn about relevant theories that are nec­essary to critically reflect on current practices in the field of development aid. Practical competencies are furthered through courses such as project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. Academic competencies in research methods and writing skills enable a continuation in a scientific career. Stemming from the diversity of the student body, the specific worth of the program lies in the oppor­tunity to literally assess international issues through virtual co-learning with students from across the globe. -
MA
Part-time
6 semesters
English
Online
 
North Dakota State University - Graduate School
Fargo, USA

The Human Development and Family Science Youth Development M.S. option requires 36 credits and is offered fully online.

The Human Development and Family Science Youth Development M.S. option requires 36 credits and is offered fully online. -
MSc
Full-time
2 - 3 years
English
Online
 
Instituto Séneca - Centro Internacional de Postgrado
Madrid, Spain

The Master in Migration and Attention to Refugees offered by the Seneca Institute, aims to respond to the need for qualification that is needed in an area that demands profess ... +

The Master in Migration and Attention to Refugees offered by the Seneca Institute, aims to respond to the need for qualification that is needed in an area that demands professional attention, in response to the delicate situation presented by migrant and refugee groups. -
Master
Spanish (Spain)
Online
 
University for Peace
Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica

The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic program that will not only broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development ... +

The Master of Arts in Development Studies and Diplomacy is an interdisciplinary and holistic program that will not only broaden student’s knowledge in the field of development studies, sustainability, and diplomacy but it will also equip them with the required soft skills for a successful international career in any of these areas of expertise. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
English
06 Sep 2022
16 Aug 2022
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SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

This MSc (or PGDip/PGCert) in Climate Change and Development is an online programme. Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development glob ... +

This MSc (or PGDip/PGCert) in Climate Change and Development is an online programme. Climate change is the most significant challenge to achieving sustainable development globally, threatening current patterns of growth and poverty reduction whilst creating global injustice and vulnerability. Yet we are well placed with the knowledge and solutions to simultaneously tackle the crisis, meet the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the lives of people all over the world. Businesses, governments, development agencies and NGOs alike now seek to integrate low-carbon and climate-resilient approaches into their work. The Climate Change and Development programme equips students with a grounding in the conceptual and practical dimensions of mitigation of and adaptation to climate change as they relate to development issues. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
Jaume I University (Universitat Jaume I)
Castellón de la Plana, Spain

This master's degree responds to the need to offer, by the five Valencian public universities, high-level training in development cooperation.

This master's degree responds to the need to offer, by the five Valencian public universities, high-level training in development cooperation. -
Master
Full-time
3 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2022
01 Sep 2022
Online
 
Uniminuto
Bogotá, Colombia

Aware of our historical responsibility with the construction of a stable and lasting peace in Colombia, Uniminuto is offering professionals in the country the Masters in Peace ... +

Aware of our historical responsibility with the construction of a stable and lasting peace in Colombia, Uniminuto is offering professionals in the country the Masters in Peace, Development and Citizenship, as an option to qualify their training in accordance with one of the most important challenges that We have as a society. -
Master
Part-time
2 years
Spanish
Online
 
Kimmage Development Studies Centre
Dublin, Ireland

The Post Graduate Diploma / MA Degree in Development Studies by flexible and distance learning (FDL)offers learners the opportunity to combine work and study anywhere in the w ... +

The Post Graduate Diploma / MA Degree in Development Studies by flexible and distance learning (FDL)offers learners the opportunity to combine work and study anywhere in the world, while still connecting online with a diverse and vibrant learning community. Learners can undertake the MA completely online or they can combine the best of distance and e-learning with classroom participation – it is tailored to the needs of learners who like to study in their own time and at their own pace, but still want to have the option of drawing on the benefits of face to face, participatory and experience-based interaction with other participants and tutors. -
Master
Part-time
English
Online
 
Divulgazione Dinamica
Seville, Spain

The Master in International Cooperation and Development consists of three titles in a single accreditation. These titles are targeted toward the three segments of the labor ma ... +

The Master in International Cooperation and Development consists of three titles in a single accreditation. These titles are targeted toward the three segments of the labor market. -
Master
Part-time
900 hours
Sep 2022
Online
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

This is an online degree that engages critically with the history, politics and practice of humanitarian action. Students take the core module, followed by a selection of elec ... +

This is an online degree that engages critically with the history, politics and practice of humanitarian action. Students take the core module, followed by a selection of elective modules and a final dissertation. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Online
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MSc International Development builds on the established global reputation of the Development Studies department as one of the top places in the world to study internationa ... +

The MSc International Development builds on the established global reputation of the Development Studies department as one of the top places in the world to study international development. We welcome applications from those who have worked in development, however broadly defined, but also from students without relevant work experience who can demonstrate a strong interest in, and understanding of, issues pertaining to international development. International Development is a dynamic field concerned not only with processes of change in the Global South but also of social, economic, political and cultural change in middle-income countries and the Global North. The perspective of International Development analyses these processes as interdependent and engages major policy challenges as well as efforts to overcome poverty and insecurity while also presenting a structural analysis. This programme provides a solid interdisciplinary social science formation in the political economy and sociology of development and develops students’ capacities for independent and critical analysis. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
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