MS (Development Studies)
Development Studies is a dynamic field concerned with social and economic changes and the policy challenges they present. It is a multidisciplinary branch of social sciences which addresses issues of local, regional, national and global concerns. Development Studies critically examines issues of development and under-development and the role of communities, social movements, governments of all levels, international aid organizations and multilateral financial institutions in this context. It helps us to understand how our lives are transformed by social, economic and political changes at local, regional, national and international levels. It emphasizes the importance of local knowledge and challenges the historical view of using western knowledge for solving problems of developing countries. Sustainable development is one of the greatest challenges faced by both developing and the developed world.
The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a program of studies leading to an MS of international standard in Development Studies (equivalent to M. Phil). With a strong focus on training in the theory and methods relevant to development studies, the MS Program aims to equip graduates to apply new insights in policy analysis in a practical context. SZABIST has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. Students of Development Studies often choose careers in international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations, private sector development consultancy firms, and research centres.
MS can be completed during the evenings in 1.5 years after a four years Bachelors or a Master's degree. Students are required to complete 6 courses, 2 Independent Studies (ISs) and a Thesis (optional), with a minimum of 30 credit hours.
16 years of education in a related field with minimum 55% marks or CGPA 2.5.
An entrance test and group discussion / interview.
GAT General with minimum 50% score.
RESEARCH: SZABIST strongly encourages the publication of research findings of Independent Studies and Thesis in research journals of international repute and conference proceedings.
SZABIST also publishes its own research journal, the Journal of Independent Studies & Research (www.szabist.edu.pk/jisr-msse) and holds several National Research Conferences each year.