Program Description

The MA in Social and Development Studies (MASDS) is a graduate degree program utilizing approaches from the various social science disciplines to analyze the issues and problems of development.

Program Content and Structure

Once admitted to the program, the student must take the following courses

  Thesis Plan (TP) Non Thesis Plan (NTP)
Core Courses 15 Units 15 Units
SDS 201: Development Theory and Practice 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 202: The Political Economy of Developing Countries 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 271: Ethical Issues in Development 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 290: Social Science Concepts 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 299: Research in the Social Sciences 3 Units 3 Units
     
  The student must choose
  three (3) of the following electives: four (4) of the following electives:
SDS 230: Historical Perspectives on Development 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 265: Seminar in Community -Environment Relations 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 278: Practicum in Development Work 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 292: History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 298: Special Topics in Development 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 299.1: Qualitative Research Methods 3 Units 3 Units
SDS 299.2: Quantitative Research Methods 3 Units 3 Units
Electives may be taken from any graduate course in consultation with adviser    
     
Other Required Courses
SDS 279: Research Seminar in Development Not Required 3 Units
SDS 300: Master's Thesis 6 Units Not Required
     
Additional Requirements
Comprehensive Exam Not Required (3 Units)
Retention Policy for Thesis Option

To qualify for the Master's Degree under the Thesis Option, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) units of formal graduate courses

  2. maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average Grade (CWAG) of "2.0" or better in his/her graduate courses at the end of each academic year

  3. successfully defend a Master's Thesis

  4. submit at least five (5) bound and certified copies of the approved Master's Thesis.

Retention Policy for Non-Thesis Option

To qualify for the Master's Degree under the Non-Thesis Option, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. complete a minimum of thirty (30) units of formal graduate courses

  2. maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average Grade (CWAG) of "2.0" or better in his/her graduate courses at the end of each academic year

  3. pass the Master's Comprehensive Examination

Additional Requirements

Additional requirements over and above these minimum University requirements and standards for the Master's Degree programs may be adopted by colleges/units for their Master's Degree programs with the approval of the appropriate bodies. A student choosing the Thesis option is encouraged to produce a pre-print paper of his/her thesis, where applicable.

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