Master of Management of Development (MSc)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

International learning environment

The Master in Management of Development (MSc) is designed for mid-career development professionals, with a background in rural development or agriculture. This top-rated programme is renowned for its international learning environment, team projects and linking theory and practice. Relevant work experience is essential to the course, as students contribute and use their previously obtained know-how. Graduates of this Master are competent rural development professionals. With this programme you will be prepared to support service delivery organisations, private and government agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) or other development-related organisations. This can be in the area of food and nutrition security, disaster risk management, social inclusion, gender and youth.

Do you wish to gain insight into the living conditions and survival strategies of those at risk of becoming excluded? Become equipped to translate this insight into organisational policies and strategies. 

Admission requirements


A Bachelor's degree or equivalent in life sciences or related fields. Your diploma will be evaluated after we have received your complete application.

Work experience 

Two years of relevant work experience on middle or higher management positions. If you have less than two years of experience you can still apply: the student Service Centre will then assess if you qualify.

English proficiency

International students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0
  • TOEFL IBT test with a score of 80 or above (internet based)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Depending on your diploma you might be exempted from providing proof of English proficiency. Please visit our website for more information.

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Program content

  • Introduction
  • Rural Development Theory
  • Personal Leadership
  • Food Security and Rural Livelihoods
  • Organisations and Institutions
  • Management of Development Professionalism
  • Specialisation study units
  • Research and Thesis

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check our website for more information.


Tuition fee: € 13,750 a year


  • Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
  • When you successfully graduate from Management of Development you will have obtained a Master of Science degree (MSc).

Career paths

  • This Master programme is intended for professionals working within governmental and non-governmental rural development organisations or in the private sector, as project or programme coordinators or managers, or as specialists or consultants.

    Enriched with knowledge and empirical evidence from around the world, through diverse student and staff expertise, graduates will have broadened their horizon of solutions to developmental issues. Inspired with innovative ideas on how to address these issues in their home country, they will be able to design and implement projects in an interdisciplinary way.

    Graduates may play various roles within their organisation, finding themselves as specialists and consultants performing some or all of the following roles: advisor, planner, facilitator, lobbyist, manager, policy maker and researcher. Not only will they ensure contemporary issues are on their employer’s agenda, but that they are also put on the agenda of other stakeholders.

    Specialists and consultants having completed any of the MOD specialisations will be equipped with expertise relevant to their field, enhancing their capacity for research and an advisory role. Working in interdisciplinary teams, they will advise management and staff on effective adaptation or incorporation of contemporary issues in programme- and project-planning. Furthermore, graduates will incorporate the acquired knowledge and skills in providing staff trainings and co-developing tools for monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects.

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Phone no: +31 58 284 6232

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