Program Length: 3 semesters
Language of Instruction: English
Bachelor's degree (or MA) with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or 80 on a 100-point scale
In case of restrictions connected to the COVID-19 situation, please note that this program has put in place an alternative of long-distance learning. If physical presence is not possible, you will be able to participate in your courses remotely and once permitted, resume them in person without this affecting your ability to complete the program.
Sustainable development is the defining challenge of our time. Meeting it will require innovative ways to provide the global population with an environmentally sustainable and equitable supply of energy, water, and food that can help improve health, livelihoods, and wellbeing, especially for low-income communities in developing countries.
The M.A. in Developing Countries is a new 2020 program that seeks to train pioneering and entrepreneurial students from around the world to become leaders in the field, whether in academia, civil society, or industry. The program combines class-based and experiential learning.
As a student in this program, you will take an active role in developing and field-testing practical and innovative solutions to crucial development challenges that combine technological, cultural, psychological, and economic-behavioral dimensions. A particular emphasis is on engaging with Israel’s technological innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem and its own development experience.
This program integrates training in the theoretical foundations and the practical skills relevant to the study and practice of sustainable development.
All mandatory courses are concentrated in a single weekday throughout the first and second semesters of the program (fall and spring). Electives and opportunities for practical experience will be available throughout the week.
In the third (summer) semester, you will apply your learnings through intensive fieldwork. This will be conducted in teams in sites in Israel or in other countries in Asia or Africa where Tel Aviv University is working with local partners from academia, civil society, and industry.
You may enroll in the regular (non-thesis) or research (thesis) tracks. The non-thesis track is for students interested in pursuing non-academic careers in sustainable development; to be completed after the third semester. The research track is for students interested in conducting cutting edge applied research on sustainable development; to be completed in four semesters. The fourth semester is dedicated to guided research and thesis writing based on the third semester’s fieldwork.