WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$1,183 /year
Applications Begin:July 2021
Final Award: Master of Arts in Rural Development
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The programmes aims to impart skills in the analysis of major issues in the theories and practices of agricultural and rural development, with emphasis on interdisciplinary  framework, drawing concepts and approaches from different disciplines i.e. economics, sociology, political science etc. Further to this, the programme also provides for better understanding of the international, national and local level agrarian problems, strategies and policies and the gaps between policy and practice that arise from actual rural conditions. The programme will thus provide opportunities for specialization in Population and Development; Gender and Development and Political Economy of Agrarian Change.


Programme Structure:
DS 600    Social Science Research Methodology
DS 601    Social Science Statistics
DS 604    Political Economy of Agrarian Change
DS 608    Design, Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation of Rural Development Projects/Programmes       DS 612    Rural Development Issues
EE 601    Rural Sociology
DS 611    Dissertation

DS 602    Population and Development
DS 603    Gender and Development
DS 605    Regional and Rural Development Planning
DS 606    Agricultural Policy and Planning
DS 607    Natural Resource Assessment for Development Planning, Utilisation and Conservation
DS 609    Development Administration
DS 610    Rural Industrialization
AEA 607    Economic Development
EE 624    Village Dynamics
HN 604    Food Security
MN 607    Social Anthropology

Admission Requirements

1) A candidate shall either hold a relevant honours degree of Sokoine University of Agriculture or a qualification from an approved institution of higher learning, deemed to be equivalent to an honours degree of Sokoine University of Agriculture.

2) Candidates who hold unclassified degrees (e.g. BVM) should have a credit or a distinction in the subject of intended Master’s degree. Candidates wishing to pursue the Master of Preventive Medicine degree shall be required to have at least credits in any five subjects of the BVM degree or its equivalent.

3) Candidates with pass degree may also be considered for admission if their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B Grade average or above and they have satisfied the relevant Academic Units that they have exhibited academic potential through extensive field work, subsequent research experience and/or additional training.

4) With the exception of the MPVM and MBA (Agribusiness) which are one year and one and half years degree programmes respectively, all other Master degree programmes are tenable for two years for full time students and three years for part time students. In the case of full time students, the first year is for coursework, while the second year is for research and dissertation writing.

Application Process
Application Fees for Tanzanian Students: $22
Application Fees for International Students: $20

How to Apply for Admission:
(a) Application forms can be downloaded from the school website: Application forms can also be requested from the Director’s Office through or Such dully-filled forms can be returned physically or mailed to the undersigned together with evidence of payment of Tanzanian Shillings TZS 50,000/= or US$ 20 for international students as application fee (normal application ) or TZS 80,000/= or US$50 for international students (for all late applications ). Payments should be made through A/C NO. 0150076769860 CRDB Bank: Swift Code No CORUTZTZXXX.

(b) Online application through Make sure that all relevant academic and financial documents are attached before final submission is made.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in Rural Development include:
– Research Officer
– Rural Executives
– Rural Manager
– Senior Program Officer
– Trainer
– Researcher
– Consultant
– Project Co-ordinator/Project
– Rural Minister

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Tuition Fees for Tanzanian Students: $1,183
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,807

Tuition Fees per year for Tanzanian Students = 2,750,000 TZS
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = 8,849,137 TZS

NB: The Tuition fees per year for all Students is an addition of the First Semester Fees: 3,000,000 TZS (Tanzanian Students), 4,025 USD (International Students) PLUS the Second Semester Fees: 2,500,000 TZS (Tanzanian Students), 3,625 (International Students), then Divided by TWO.

Relevant Contact

Dr Raymond Salanga
Head, Department of Development Studies
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries