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Master of Development Studies


Total Credit requirements: To obtain Master of Development Studies (MDS) degree a student has to complete at least 39 credit hour courses, a short description of which is given in the following paragraphs.

Structure of the MDS Program:
Areas No. of Course(s) Credit Hours
Foundation Courses 03 09
Core Courses 06 18
Elective Courses 03 09
Thesis/Internship 01 03
Total 13 39


Foundation Courses: 9 Credits
Course Code Course Title Credit hour
MDS 5101 Economics of Development 3.0
MDS 5103 Anthropology and Sociology of Development 3.0
MDS 5102 Research Methods and Design 3.0
Total   9.0


Core Courses: 18 Credits
Course Code Course Title Credit hour
MDS 5201 Gender and Development 3.0
MDS 5203 NGOs and Rural Development 3.0
MDS 5205 Economics of Poverty and Social Inequalities 3.0
MDS 5207 Health, Education and Development 3.0
MDS 5209 Project Planning and Evaluation Technique 3.0
MDS 5211 Micro Finance: Theory, Principles and Practice 3.0
MDS 5301 Law and Development 3.0
MDS 5303 Governance, Politics and Development 3.0
MDS 5305 Economics of Climate Change and Disaster Management 3.0
Total Any six courses 18

Elective Courses: 9 Credits from any of the following area of specialization.

Agriculture and Food Security
Course Code Course Title Credit hour
MDS 5307 Economics of Food Security 3.0
MDS 5309 Agriculture and Development 3.0
MDS 5311 Public Policy for Agricultural Development 3.0
MDS 5304 Research Methods and Tools for Development 3.0

Economics of NGO Affairs
MDS 5313 NGOs and Socioeconomic Development 3.0
MDS 5315 Planning and Management of NGOs 3.0
MDS 5317 Development Communication 3.0
MDS 5304 Research Methods and Tools for Development 3.0

Development Management
MDS 5319 Governance and Development Management 3.0
MDS 5321 Studies on Development Organizations 3.0
MDS 5323 Aid and Development 3.0
MDS 5325 Globalization and International Relations 3.0
MDS 5304 Research Methods and Tools for Development 3.0

Development and Policy Economics
MDS 5327 Development and Policy Economics 3.0
MDS 5329 Advanced Topics in Development Economics 3.0
MDS 5331 Public Management, Reforms and Governance 3.0
MDS 5304 Research Methods and Tools for Development 3.0

Environment and Development
MDS 5333 Urbanization and Environmental Issues 3.0
MDS 5335 Sustainable Development and Livelihoods 3.0
MDS 5337 Environmental Policy and Management 3.0
MDS 5304 Research Methods and Tools for Development 3.0
Total Any three courses from any 'area of specialization' 9.0

Last Semester
Agriculture and Food Security
Course Code Course Title Credit hour
MDS 6102 Thesis 3.0
MDS 6104 Internship 3.0
Total Any one option 3.0


N.B: Students are required to specialize in one of the above areas to obtain MDS degree in addition to core courses. However, specialization in a second area is also permitted subject to the availability of resources.

Residency Requirement and Course Waiver Policy: A minimum of 30 credits including thesis/ internship is residency requirement for MDS degree. A maximum of 9 credits may be waived, subject to the approval of the departmental committee, based on the documentary evidence on equivalence of courses completed elsewhere.

Dr. Talukder Golam Rabby
Assistant Professor and Coordinator
MDS Program