MA in Rural Development

MA in Rural Development

2 years

Most of the third world's population lives in rural areas, and poverty, inequality, unemployment and dependency are the major issues of these areas. A large number of the urban poor are migrants from rural areas that make a big challenge to rural as well as urban sectors in developed as well as underdeveloped countries. In this context, this course aims to produce high level human resource competent enough to deal with the issues alarming the developing world today.

It is concerned with the factors such as socio-cultural, economic and environmental contributing change in rural areas. At the same time, different contexts and construct of development, and practical policy measures to bring about the overriding objectives of rural development have also been incorporated. As the world becomes a global village through information and communication technology, there is also increasing diversity within regions and socio-political settings. Thus a multi-disciplinary subject such as rural development, can fulfill the needs of grassroots people to policy making and implementation level.

Master of Arts (MA) in Rural Development is a two year Master Degree Program in Arts. There are 10 papers to be covered in this two year program. Apart from other core subjects, students have an option to choose from thesis or project report/co-operative and Gender Development or Natural Resource Management for Rural Development in their final year.

The MA in Rural Development aims to produce development cadres capable to meet the demand for higher level rural developers in government and non-government sectors.

General objective of the course:

To impart the multi-dimensional concept of rural development to the students with sound research and field work practices in order to produce graduates who will be able to work in diverse socio-economic conditions.


Salient Features

Evaluation System

  • Internal Evaluation 40%
  • External Examination (Semester final written test) 60%

Evaluation Parameters for Internal Examination


The instructor(s) will give assignment individually to the students, which they must submit within the stipulated time and framework. The stipulated time for submission of the assignment, and quality of the work done, creativity of the student etc will be taken as the major criteria of evaluation.


This can be individual as well as group work assigned by instructor. A topic will be provided to each individual/group. It will be evaluated individually as well on a group basis.

Attendance, Positive role in discussion and Punctuality

The students should regularly attend the classes in time and participate in discussion . 80% percent class attendance is mandatory for the students to appear in the End-Term examination. Below 80% attendance of the total working days in a subject will as disqualify the students for to the end term examination.

Term paper: Term paper must be prepared by the use of computer in a standard format of technical writing and must contain at least 7 pages in a given format. It should be prepared and submitted individually. The stipulated time for submission of the assignment, and quality of the work done, creativity of the student etc will be taken as the major criteria of evaluation.

Mid-Term Examinations: Each student has to sit in midterm examination to qualify for the end term external examination. It is a written examination and the questions will be set covering the topics as taught in the sessions. Mid-term examination will be based on the model prescribed for end term examination.

End-Term/External Examinations

It is also a written examination and the questions will be set covering all the topics in the session of the course.


Any candidates having at least bachelor degree or above from any discipline from Tribhuvan University or any recognized Universities will be eligible to participate in entrance system. The candidates able to secure their position in the entrance system based upon merit system will be eligible for admission.

Curricular Structure

Curricular structure of Rural Development First year:

  1. Development Theories and Planning (in Rural Perspectives)
  2. Rural Development: Policies and Strategies
  3. Rural Urban Linkage
  4. Social and Cultural Dimensions in Rural Development
  5. Research Methodology and Statistical Methods
  6. Local Governance and Political Economy of Nepal

Curricular structure of Rural Development Second year:

  1. RD - 536A : Rural Marketing and Entrepreneurship Development
  2. RD - 537 : Sustainable Rural Development
  3. RD - 538 A : Rural Tourism
  4. RD - 539-1 : Agriculture and Rural Development
  5. RD - 539-2A : Cooperative Development
  6. RD - 539-3 : Natural Resource Management
  7. RD - 536 B : Rural Community Development
  8. RD - 538 B : Rural Technology and Skill Development
  9. RD - 539-2 : Gender and Development

Semester System