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M.A. Rural Development: Course Details, Fees, Eligibility, Admission Process, Career Scope & Jobs, Syllabus

Updated By Abhik Das on 21 Oct, 2021
Average Duration
2 years
Average Fee
5 K-15 K INR annual
Exams Accepted
Arunachal Pradesh TET, DUET, UP B.Ed JEE ...
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About M.A. Rural Development

Master of Rural Development or M.A Rural Development is a two-year postgraduate programme that teaches the students techniques through which they can improve the life quality and economic well-being of those who are living in the rural areas or non-urban areas. In the postgraduate programme in rural development, the students are also taught the significance of rural society’s issues related to development.  M.A Rural Development is a two-year postgraduate programme and the syllabus is spread over four semesters. 

M.A. Rural Development Eligibility Criteria

Anyone who has a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised University is eligible to apply for M.A Rural Development programme provided he/she has obtained an aggregate of 50% at the qualifying level. 

M.A Rural Development Admission Process

The admission process of M.A in Rural Development is different in various colleges and institutions. Usually, the applicants are put through a rigorous selection process which includes an entrance exam followed by counselling, group discussion and personal interview rounds. Some institutes/colleges also offer direct admission into the Master of Arts in Rural Development programme on the basis of the applicants’ scores in the graduation level qualifying exam.

M.A. Rural Development Syllabus

Semester - I

  • Economics for Rural Development
  • Indian Rural Social Scene
  • Indian Rural Economic Scene
  • Dimensions and Concepts of Rural Development

Semester - II

  • Social Research and Computer Applications for Rural Development
  • Working with People - Techniques and Processes
  • Rural Development Institutions and Strategies
  • Rural Industrialization and Entrepreneurship

Semester - III

  • Human Resource Development in the Rural Sector
  • Natural Resource Management - Vegetation
  • Natural Resource Management - Water
  • Natural Resource Management - Land

Semester - IV

  • Voluntary Action for Rural Development
  • Rural Credit and Marketing
  • Rural Project Planning and Management
  • Women Empowerment, Self Help and Micro Finance

M.A. Rural Development Career Options and Job Prospects

A Masters degree holder in Rural Development can opt for either of the following job opportunities - 

  • Rural Technology Project Head
  • Teacher & Lecturer
  • Rural Manager
  • Senior Programme Officer

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How can I do my master in English

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Which are the best institutions in India offering admission into the MA Rural Development programme?

-AnonymousUpdated on May 17, 2021 02:26 PM
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Abhik Das, Student / Alumni

Dear student, there are several reputed MA Rural Development institutions or universities situated, not only in Punjab but also across …


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FAQs about M.A. Rural Development

I want admission in M.A. Rural Development. Do I have to clear any exams for that ?

Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test , Lovely Professional University National Eligibility and Scholarship Test , TATA Institute of Social Sciences National Entrance Test , Delhi University Science , Banasthali University Aptitude Test are some of the exams that you can appear for to get admission in M.A. Rural Development courses.

What are the top colleges offering M.A. Rural Development courses ?

Following are some of the top colleges offering Arts and Humanities courses : Hindu College (New Delhi) , St. Andrew College Of Arts Science & Commerce (Mumbai) , Fergusson College (Pune) , Loyola College (Chennai) , A.G. Teachers College (Ahmedabad). You can explore these colleges on our website to check if they offer M.A. Rural Development or not.

What is the average fee for the course M.A. Rural Development ?

The average fee for M.A. Rural Development is INR 10000 per year.

What are the popular specializations related to M.A. Rural Development ?

Some of the popular specializations for M.A. (Master of Arts) are : Cultural Studies , Education & Teaching , Bodo , Theology , Visual Communication.

What is the duration of the course M.A. Rural Development ?

M.A. Rural Development is a 2 year course.

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