Course Details MDS - Brac University
MASTER OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Master of Development Studies (MDS) is an academic program in the BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University that promotes research and builds knowledge on practical solutions to problems of the poor in the global South. MDS frequently draws upon human resources and field experiences of BRAC. Local and international academics and practitioners constitute the faculty members of MDS.
Objectives of the Program
The Masters in Development Studies (MDS) seeks to create professionals who have the conceptual clarity, analytical skills and academic knowledge to effectively address strategic and practical challenges in development. The program is designed to provide a rigorous and critical understanding of development theory and practice from a broad inter-disciplinary perspective. On satisfactory completion of the program, students will be able to approach and analyze development issues in the context of globalization, economic transformation, and social, cultural and political changes.
As the program is a multi-disciplinary one, students are selected from different disciplines.
The student body includes:
1. Graduates and post-graduate diploma holders in development or related studies who want to deepen their understanding of the subject
2. Social science and other graduates who want to specialize in development studies
3. Professionals who are working in NGOs, development organizations or in the private sector with a development focus
4. Academics and researchers who want to refine their knowledge and research skills in development issues.
The MDS degree requires:
1. Completion of three foundation courses;
2. Completion of six compulsory core courses totaling 18 credits;
3. Completion of at least three elective courses totaling 9 credits;
4. Completion of Research Concepts, Methods and Application courses of 9 credits;
5. Earning a CGPA of 2.5.
6. Maintaining a satisfactory record of conduct and behaviour.