The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences offers an interdepartmental graduate program, hosted by the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, leading to the degree MS in Rural Community Development (RCODE, thesis or non-thesis).
Graduates of the program will gain knowledge to improve prospects of rural development and build their capacities in community development to better design, manage, follow up, evaluate, and monitor projects either in the public or private sector locally, regionally, and internationally.
The MS in Rural Community Development is an interdisciplinary program, which explores the social, political, economic and ecological dynamics of rural development in the Global South with specific reference to the Middle East and North Africa region. By combining insights from political economy, sociology and ecology, it aims to provide students with adequate analytical and practical tools to:
- understand the key challenges facing rural societies such as poverty, malnutrition, health, management of key natural resources (land and water), deterioration of eco-system, food insecurity, climate change;
- design research in rural settings through both qualitative and quantitative methods; and
- design adequate forms of policy interventions and development practices to address existing and emerging socio-ecological challenges in the rural milieu.
To start your journey in applying to the program, please visit the Graduate Studies at AUB page or check Graduate Online Applications.