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Home >> Degree Programs >>MS/MPS in Rural Development

Master of Science(MS)/Master of Professional Studies(MPS) in Rural Development


Program Description

      The Master of Science program in Rural Development aims to train project planners/implementors/researchers to provide expertise in institutional/agency technology delivery systems and in the social science research component of its program. This advance training will produce manpower who will undertake scholarly work, conduct socio-economic researches and carry out barangay action projects.

      The Master of Professional Studies program in Rural Development, a non-thesis option, aims to produce graduates who will serve the rural families as barangay development specialists.

      The RD masteral program emphasizes on the research/management skills requirement of middle level management professionals. Its main thrust, therefore, is the enhancement of the spirit as well as the effective use of the method of productive scholarly work for rural leadership, authentic barangay service, and the fulfillment of the personhood of man for relevance in a one-world community.

      The main thrust of the MPS program is the professionalism and the institutionalization of rural development in regional schools/ministries whose commitment is the improvement of human condition in the countryside.

Program Structure

Core Courses Course Title Units
RD 701 Statistics I 3
RD 702 Methods of Research 3
RD 703 Project Planning and Management 3
RD 704 Theories and Strategies of Change 3
Major Courses
RD 705 Sociology of Agriculture 3
RD 706 Human Ecology 3
RD 708 Rural Government 3
RD 709 Community Organization and Leadership 3
RD 710 Agricultural Research Management 3
RD 711 Program Development and Evaluation 3
RD 712 Agricultural Extension Teaching Methods and Approaches 3
RD 797 Apprenticeship 4
RD 798 Special Problem 3
RD 799 Seminar 3
RD 800 Thesis 6
Elective/Cognate Courses
EM 713 Environmental Planning and Land Use 3
RD 872 Farming Systems 3
AB 750 Agribusiness Cooperatives and Entrepreneurship Development 3
Required Non-Credit Course
AE 713 Basic Computer Applications 3
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