Bachelor in Community Development

Bachelor in Community Development

4 years
  • Fee:NPR 570,000

The Bachelor in Community Development (BCD) is a specialized undergraduate program lasting four years that aims to train individuals who can become leaders and advocates for community development and social progress in the country. This distinctive professional program focuses on equipping students with the necessary skills and entrepreneurial mindset to address the diverse needs of various sections of society, including the environment, health, equity, women, children, youth, the elderly, Dalits, people with disabilities, and communities affected by different transformations.

The program's curriculum encompasses a broad range of social issues such as development, environment, economy, equity, health, population, conflict, poverty, and disaster. It fosters an engaging learning environment by combining lectures, class discussions, student presentations, research activities, and interactions with community development leaders and activists through guest lectures, workshops, and seminars. Additionally, students engage in action-oriented project work, field trips, case study analysis, and urban and rural internships with both government and non-governmental organizations.

Upon graduating from this four-year BCD program, students will have acquired theoretical, practical, and analytical skills to effectively collaborate with various communities. They will be capable of engaging in different aspects of community development, including program planning, service delivery, organization, and leadership. Ultimately, these graduates will contribute to shaping policies and implementing practices that promote social change.

Objectives of the program:

  • Develop an understanding of community development in rural, urban, local, national, regional and global contexts;
  • Evaluate and design community development approaches in both international and local contexts;
  • Build critical skills in core elements of community development;
  • Build skills to critically analyze core elements of current development practices and sustainable development issues in community development;
  • Enhance effective communication, advocacy and community organizing skills working with individuals, families and communities for social change;
  • Prepare human resources to respond to the current needs and challenges in both rural and urban communities;
  • Develop and implement innovative community development interventions, and government policies and programs of community development;
  • Prepare trained and skilled human resources to work with development agencies, local, regional and national governments, and for developing community social enterprises and innovations.

Salient Features

Teaching Methodology:

The teaching pedagogy of the program is centered around the students, emphasizing a hands-on learning approach. Classes encompass a variety of activities, including group and individual work, discussions, problem-solving, presentations, workshops, seminars, and other interactive techniques. These sessions are designed to facilitate in-depth exploration of the subjects being studied and are led by highly qualified faculty members. Active participation from students is expected during class sessions. Additionally, the program may incorporate field trips, internships, action-oriented project work, and opportunities for interaction with development practitioners, activists, policymakers, and guest lecturers to enhance the learning experience.

Assignments, practical classes, and consultation hours are integral components of the program, ensuring that students receive comprehensive guidance and support. Regular feedback will be provided to students to monitor and assess their progress.


Eligibility to get admission in Bachelor in Community Development program 
  1. Students with 10+2, intermediate degree or any other equivalent degree in any discipline from a recognized educational institution with minimum aggregate of 50 percent CGPA 2.5 out of 4 are eligible to apply for the programme. 
  2. Applicants must appear and pass the Kathmandu University School of Arts Admission Test (KUSAAT)
Note: Applicants who have passed class XI and waiting for class XII results can also apply for a provisional admission. However they will have to produce the proof of having passed the exam before the commencemen of the course. 


The total fee for Nepali students enrolled in Bachelor in Community Development (BCD) program for the academic year 2079/80 (2022 Batch) is NPR. 570,000.

The fee structure for international students seeking admission to Bachelor in Community Development program at Kathmandu University (KU) is as follows:

  1. The fees for applicants from SAARC countries will be 1.5 times the amount specified for domestic students i.e., NPR. 855,000
  2. On the other hand, international students from countries outside of SAARC will be required to pay double the fees stated for domestic students. i.e.  NPR.1,140,000

Job Prospects

BCD graduates have diverse employment opportunities in various organizations and can assume a variety of roles. Some potential job options include, but are not limited to:

  • Community Development Officer
  • Project Coordinator
  • Liaison Officer
  • Advocacy Campaigner
  • National and International Aid Worker
  • Researcher
  • Policy Officer

Curricular Structure

Program Highlights

  • In eight semesters during the 4-year duration, BCD offers a wide range of courses carrying 126 credit hours in total.
  • The courses cover fundamental themes such as community environment, social behavior, community economics, community health and community leadership.
  • Each subject is of 3 credits unless specifically mentioned. Field placements are integral components of the program.
  • Students participate in field trips, rural camps, relief works and are placed at community and government organizations for firsthand experience of theory learnt in the classrooms.
  • In the final year, students are required to complete 3 months' rural (community) internship and submit a detailed academic report as partial fulfilment of the degree.
  • Graduates will also have gained skills for self-employment and entrepreneurship.
  • Many graduates of BCD find jobs in both government and non-government sectors including UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies.
  • Several students are pursuing higher studies including PhD at reputed universities in Nepal and abroad.

Course Structure

First Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 18
NEPL 153 Nepali I 3
ENGL 153 English I 3
CDEV101 Community Development Theory and Practice I 3
CDEV103 Community Education 3
NEPS 150 Introduction to Nepali Society 3

Second Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 18
NEPL 154 Nepali II 3
ENGL 154 English II 3
CDEV 102 Community Development Theory and Practice II 3
CDEV 105 Community Economic Development 3
CDEV 115 Legal Aspects of Community Development 3
CDEV 116 Participatory Research Methodology I 3

Third Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 18
CDEV 201 Community Natural Resources Management 3
CDEV 202 Community Health 3
CDEV 203 Social Inclusion 3
CDEV 204 Child Labour Trafficking & Child Rights 3
CDEV 220 Working with Organizations 3
ENGL 255 Critical Thinking and Writing 3

Fourth Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 18
CDEV 207 Caring for Elderly People 3
CDEV 211 Social Psychology I 3
CDEV 212 Gender Mainstreaming 3
CDEV 214 Sustainable Development: Principles and Practices 3
ENGL 256 Introduction to Scientific and Academic Writing 3
CDEV 226 Field Placement II 3

Fifth Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 18
CDEV 301 Social Psychology II 3
CDEV302 Youth and Social Change 3
CDEV 303 Community Conflict Resolution 3
CDEV 304 Introduction to Indigenous Knowledge 3
CDEV 305 Participatory Research Methodology II 3
CDEV 308 Community Organizations and Leadership 3

Sixth Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 18
CDEV 311 Migration, Mobility, and Community Development 3
CDEV 312 Rural Urban Linkages 3
CDEV 314 GIS for Community Development 3
CDEV 315 Urban Community Planning and Analysis 3
CDEV 316 Applied Research for Community Development 3
CDEV 326 Field Placement III 3

Seventh Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 15
CDEV 401 Environmental & Social Impact Assessment 3
CDEV 402 Human Rights Impact Assessment 3
CDEV 403 Post Disaster Rehabilitation & Management 3
CDEV 404 Disability Management 3
CDEV 412 Gender Impact Assessment 3

Eighth Semester

Subject Code (Total Credit Hours) 6
CDEV 499 Rural Internship 6
Total Credit for Graduation: 126
Foundation Course: 15×3=45
Language: 6×3=18
Applied Course: 11×3=33
Project work: 4×3=12
Internship: 6×3+18
Optional Subjects

CDEV 110 Computer Applications

CDEV 111 Public Speaking

CDEV 112 Advanced Public Speaking
CDEV 126 Field Placement I
FLAN 201Basic Chinese
CDEV 208 Gender and Community Development

CDEV 215 Communication for Development

CDEV 114 Population and Development