Master in Sustainable Development

Master in Sustainable Development

2 years
  • Fee:NPR 250,000

The Master in Sustainable Development is a regional program designed to address the shortage of sustainable development professionals. This interdisciplinary program aims to cultivate educators, researchers, policy analysts, planners, and trainers in sustainable development.

Key Attributes of Program

  • It is a university-identified initiative with over five years of experience in producing graduates with a Master's in Environment Education and Sustainable Development, who are now working in various sectors.
  • The program has proven to be marketable and increasingly in demand, equipping graduates with the skills to become employees or self-employed entrepreneurs.
  • Based on an international job market analysis, which indicates a growing demand for professionals in the sustainability and environment sectors, this program aims to prepare graduates to meet these sector needs.

Salient Features


KUSOED adopts semester based assessment. It follows the letter grading system. In order to pass, a student has to maintain at least C in each of the individual courses and a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 3.0.

Key Characteristics

  1. Serves the regional needs of South Asia as there is no such program in the region.
  2. Prepares professionals to lead and manage development sustainably.
  3. Blend of theory and practice, strong research component, internship, and reporting.
  4. Developed on the basis of experience and demand.
  5. Readies graduates both for employment and for self-employment.
  6. High employability because of steady increase of employment prospect in the national and international sectors.
  7. Standard four semesters- two year program regular to all international master's programs.


For enrollment to any of the 2 year MEd programs, a bachelor degree in a relevant field (e.g. BEd / BSc /BA/BBS/PGDE or equivalent) from a recognized university with minimum second class standing or 2.5/4 CGPA is required. Minimum fifteen years of schooling is essential.Similarly, for enrollment to any of the 1 year MEd programs, a Master’s degree in any discipline is mandatory. The aspirants need to demonstrate their interest in the program and English language proficiency through an integrated entrance test followed by an interview as set by the School.

Fee Details:

The total program fees (including registration, tuition, examination and computer lab) for each of the 2 year Master Programs is Rs. 135,000, which is payable in eight installment. Similarly, the total program fees for each of 1 year MEd program is Rs. 85,000. In addition, each on-campus student is supposed to pay an additional Rs. 10,000 as library deposit (refundable) at the time of admission.

Job Prospects

The process products, i.e. the graduates will contribute towards an environmentally sound and economically prosperous future from different professions and positions. 

Precisely, the degree complements towards developing professionals to work in the following sectors:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation Education
  • Development Education
  • Environmental Governance, and Policy Analysis
  • Environmental and Development Planning
  • Teaching and Training

Curricular Structure

The program spans 24 months, divided into four semesters, providing practical experiences throughout. The first three semesters consist of coursework that combines theoretical knowledge with real-world applications, while the fourth semester focuses entirely on internship and research work, emphasizing practical learning.

  • Duration: 24 Months
  • Modes of Delivery: Face-to-Face and Online (Separate Registration Required)

All students must complete all graduation requirements within 48 months, with no exceptions.

Graduation Requirements

Students need to score pass grades in all subjects with an average of 3.0 (CGPA out of 4) with satisfactory completion of the practical work within the marked time.

Course Structure

Core Courses (6 Cr)

  1. EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Education (3) 
  2. EDUC 509 Research Methodology (3) 

Specialization Courses (33 Cr)

  1. EDSD 512 Fundamentals of Sustainable Development (3)
  2. EDSD 513 Statistical Techniques for Research (3) 
  3. EDSC 514: Ecology and Environment (3)
  4. EDSD 515: Economics of Sustainability and Enterprises (3)
  5. EDSC 516: Global Change and Sustainable Technology (3)
  6. EDSD 517: Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (3)
  7. EDSD 518: Sociology and Local Cosmology of Sustainable Development (3)
  8. EDSC 522: Environmental Management (3)
  9. EDSD 527: Project Management for Development Results (3)
  10. EDSD 528: Communication in Sustainable Development (3)
  11. EDSD 546: Participatory Approach in Development (3)

Elective Courses (Any Two) (6 Cr)

  1. EDSD 524: Natural Resource Management and Environmental Ethics (3)
  2. EDSD 529: Education for Sustainable Development (3)
  3. EDSD 530: Conservation Management (3)
  4. EDSD 533: Global Climate Change (3)
  5. EDSD 534: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development (3)
  6. EDSD 536: Education for Social Transformation (3)
  7. EDSD 537: Discourses of Education and Development (3)
  8. EDSD 538: Globalization and Emerging Institution (3)
  9. EDSD 539: Management and Leadership in Sustainable Development (3)
  10. EDSD 542: Community Research (3)
  11. EDSD 543: Community Activity (3)
  12. EDSD 545: Independent Study (3)
  13. EDSD 532: International and Comparative Perspective in Sustainable Development (3)

Practical Courses (9 Cr)

  1. EDSD 541 Internship (3)
  2. EDSD 559 Dissertation (6)


  1. EDSD 544 Research Project I (3)
  2. EDSD 554 Research Project II (3)