Master in Development Studies (MDS) program of SoHSS

The United International University (UIU) offers Master in Development Studies (MDS) program since Fall 2009 with a commitment to contribute in producing young professionals with capacity of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to response to the growing demand of professionals in government, NGO and private sectors in Bangladesh. Central aim of this program is to build interdisciplinary knowledgeable, skilled and capable young leaders in Sustainable Development.

An 18 months long 39 credit hours MDS program focuses on Interdisciplinary Education and Research. Students have scope to get engaged in collaborative research projects; participate in International Conference on Sustainable Development held in February every year at UIU; produce and publish articles jointly with UIU Faculty; build networks with development organizations, research and education institutions through participation in forums and seminars; and field study.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must have a bachelor degree with a second class/division or CGPA 2.00 or above in a scale of 4.00 in any discipline from a recognized public or private university.

Credit Requirements 

For MDS degree, a student has to complete 39 credits, with 11 courses of 3 credits eachand thesis of 6 credits. Students have to complete 09 (Nine) Core Courses, which are mandatory and 02 (Two) Elective Courses (6 credits). Student must take two [additional] Elective Courses if she/he does not opt for Thesis.

Course and Credit Structure of MDS program

Core Courses

Elective Courses (any two)

Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


MDS 501

Economics for Development


MDS 521

Development Organization and Management


MDS 503

Sociology & Social Anthropology of Development


MDS 550

Micro finance: Theory, Principles and Performance 


MDS 505

The Political Economy of Underdevelopment


MDS 605

Public Policy Analysis, Approaches and Techniques


MDS 510

Sustainable Development: Policies & Tools


MDS 622

Governance and Development Management


MDS 511

Philosophy and Forms of Development and Governance


MDS 640

Environmental Impact Assessment


MDS 530

Program and Project Analysis and Design


MDS 682

Gender and Development


MDS 633

Poverty Analysis and Programs



MDS 686

Disaster Management


MDS 698



MDS 690

Research Methodology and Tools for Development 



Total Credits



Total Cost of the Program (MDS): Admission Fee (for one time only) – Tk.15000, Student ID Card (refundable) – Tk.2000, Trimester Fee (@5,000 x 4 trimester) – Tk.20,000, Tuition Fees (@3,700 x 39 credits) -144,300 (Total cost – Tk.179,300).

The MDS students having five years experience of working in government, semi government and NGO sector will be entitled to 40% tuition fee waiver.

Top 15% of UIU students get 25% to 100% tuition fee waiver on the basis of trimester examination results.

Required documents for admission:

  1. Photocopies with attestation of all certificates, marks sheet, testimonials, National ID Card/Birth Certificate/Passport, National ID Card of Father/Mother, 2 copies of recent passport size & 1 copy of stamp size photograph (which you uploaded online) are required to submit for admission.
  2. The signature of Father/Mother/Guardian is mandatory on the Admission Form. If anyone puts his/her signature as a guardian, the photocopy of National Id Card of the signatory has to be submitted in the Admission Office.

Please apply Online- or visit

MDS Flyer 

You may please contact Prof. Dr. Hamidul Huq, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UIU. Cell phone: 01819259969. Email:

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