Master of Development Studies (MDS)

Master of Development Studies (MDS)

Master of Development Studies (MDS) at BRAC University develops effective leaders and professionals for tackling the development challenges of the 21st century.

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About the Program

Master of Development Studies (MDS) is a praxis-focused program that has an equal emphasis on developing a strong theoretical understanding, learning from the real world, and building practical skills so that the graduates are able to connect theory with practice and design and implement policies and programs that work.

In the 21st century, we are living in the so-called VUCA-world—volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous—a world profoundly shaped by the disruptive forces of globalisation, urbanisation, climate change, and technological transformation. In such a world, the development puzzle can only be solved from a multidisciplinary angle. Our MDS program is specially designed to address this multidisciplinary nature of development.


True to our pledge to focus on a multidisciplinary approach, MDS starts with building the foundation on the basic disciplines most relevant to development—economics, sociology and anthropology, and political science—through three compulsory foundation courses.

The next set of compulsory courses form the core of the program on the predominant development issues such as poverty, gender, global dimensions of development, and monitoring and evaluation. The core courses are specially designed to connect the theories to real-world experience. Together, the foundation and core courses build a solid and realistic multidisciplinary understanding of development among the students.

The final set of compulsory courses concentrate on research—research methods, analytical skills, research design and proposal writing skills—so that the students are capable of using learning and evidence for improving development effectiveness on a continuous basis.

The students are also offered the opportunity to pursue their interest by choosing elective courses from a wide variety of courses such as Development Informatics, NGOs and Social Entrepreneurship, and Environment and Development.

Finally, the students are provided with the opportunity to write a thesis, based on an original research. We follow a rigorous process to select, support, and assess the thesis.



BIGD, has a strategic connection with BRAC, the world’s largest NGO known for its trailblazing role in generating development innovations that work at the global scale. BIGD draws heavily on this unique ‘BRAC experience’ of achieving development excellence to enrich the MDS curriculum. Also, central to BRAC’s innovation and successful scaleup is research, which is a core skill that MDS develops.

Why You?

MDS is for those who want to be the change agents in the pursuit of a just and prosperous world. The program is designed for both fresh graduates aspiring to kickstart their career in the development sector and development professionals who want to transform their skills and knowledge for becoming more effective and advancing their careers. MDS is also an apt choice for young bureaucrats motivated to make an impact in public service and private sector professionals with a strong social mandate.

After You Graduate

MDS provides the students with a practical set of skills, which are relevant to not just the traditional development sector, but also a wide variety of career choices such as social business, policymaking, advocacy, consulting, teaching, and development research. Our graduates have gone on to work—in Bangladesh and beyond—for top NGOs, multilateral and bilateral organizations, as well as governments and the private sector.

Our Faculties

Siddiqur Rahman Osmani, PhD

Professor, Ulster University, United Kingdom

Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan, PhD

Senior Academic Advisor, BIGD, Brac University (Honorary)

Mirza M. Hassan, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Muhammad Shahadat Hossain Siddiquee, PhD

Sr. Research Fellow, BIGD, Brac University & Professor, University of Dhaka

Narayan C. Das, PhD

Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow

Munshi Sulaiman, PhD

Research Director

Huraera Jabeen, PhD

Visiting Research Fellow

Lopita Huq

Research Fellow (On Study Leave)

Sakib Mahmood, PhD

Assistant Professor and Research Fellow

Rohini Kamal, PhD

Assistant Professor and Research Fellow

Sheikh Touhidul Haque, PhD

Assistant Professor and Research Fellow

Syeda Salina Aziz

Fellow of Practice

Afsan Chowdhury

Professor, BRAC University

M. A. Baqui Khalily, PhD University of Dhaka

Professor, University of Dhaka

Tofail Ahmed, PhD

Professor, University of Chittagong (Rtd.)

Mohammed Abu Eusuf, PhD

Professor, University of Dhaka

Zahir Uddin Ahmed, PhD

Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Ranjan Saha Partha, PhD

Professor, Jahangirnagar University

Minhaz Anwar

Chief Story Teller/ Better Stories Limited, Asia

Ananya Raihan

CEO at Infolady Social Enterprise Limited

Md. Mosta Gausul Hoque

Former Principal Project Management Consultant, CPTU & Deputy Secretary, Government of Bangladesh (Rtd.)

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Alumni Stories

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What You Need to Know

Program Duration

2 years (6 semesters).

Class Timing

Saturday to Thursday, 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Program Requirements

MDS students are required to complete a total of 45 credits to graduate.


View our detailed admission requirements and eligibility below.

Brac University follows a two-step admission process for prospective students.

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Admission Test

Applicants are to sit for an admission test, consisting of a written exam and a viva.

Total Tentative cost for the 2-year program is BDT 3,52,500. View the cost breakdown below.

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Please contact: Information Centre (Ground floor), Building-01, BRAC University, Phone +880-2-222264051- 4 (Ext. 4003).

BracU offers excellent facilities for International students to study in Bangladesh.

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