GRADUATE-SCHOOL graduate school master in development management
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The MDM program covers both infrastructure and social and economic development issues in Cambodia, which focuses on project management practices used by NGOs and government agencies.

This program allows students to gain better understanding of problems in Cambodia and their possible solutions. It is designed for those who:

  • would like to learn more about issues and problems of social, economic and political development in Cambodia and throughout the world;
  • have working experience in development management, and want to use that experience in a theoretical and comparative context; 
  • wish to prepare for employment in improving Cambodia and other Asian countries, through NGOs, donor agencies or voluntary organizations;
  • would like to enhance their skills and knowledge in specialist functional areas such as institution, infrastructure, and social and economic development; 
  • would like to gain an appreciation of the role of research in proposing, managing and evaluating projects; and 
  • want to develop their specific people management skills such as group work, negotiation, cross cultural management and political skills. 

The program emphasizes an appreciation of the importance of social difference and inequality, including gender relations, age, ethnicity and class, for an understanding of development policy and practice.


Student needs to complete 54 credits to be considered for the award of the degree. This can be obtained on two tracks:

  1. Thesis track – student takes 14 courses (42 credits), and writes a thesis (12 credits) that is then submitted in the official format. A final defense of the thesis is set with the presence of the official representatives from the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS).
  2. Non-thesis track - student takes 14 courses (42 credits), and in lieu of the thesis, takes four more subjects (12 credits) one of which is a research report that is also submitted in the official format. Final submission of this report serves as the basis for the student to take the state examinations set by the Graduate School with official observers from the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS).

The GPA requirement in all courses must be met in both tracks.


This program is made available on weekends and weekdays.

  1. For weekends:    

          Saturday: 2:00-5:00 p.m.; and 5:15-8:15 p.m.
          Sunday:    8:00-11:00 a.m.; and 12:00-3:00 p.m. 

  1. For weekdays:

          Monday to Friday: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Course Code Course Description / Title Number of Credits Total Number of Credits
Basic Courses 12
GDF 101* Management Statistics 3  
GDF 102* Management Research Methods 3  
GDF 103* Fundamentals of Development Management 3  
GDM 104 Strategic Planning 3  
Major Courses 18
GDM 205 Development Economics 3  
GDM 206 Community Development** 3  
GDE 207* Cross-Cultural Management 3  
GDF 208* Institutional Development 3  
GDM 209 Policy and Development 3  
GBM 401* Leadership** 3  
Elective / Cognate Courses 12
GDM 311 NGO Management 3  
GDM 312 Donor Funding and Proposal Writing 3  
GBD 101* Organizational Behavior 3  
GBD 301* Project Management 3  
Options for Thesis or Non Thesis Tract 12
Option 1: For Thesis Tract
GDM 415A Thesis Writing 12  
Total 54 54
Option 2: For Non Thesis Tract
GDM 415B Development Management Research Project 3  
GDA 416* Human Resource Management  3  
GDA 417* Management Ethics 3  
GDM 418 Regional and Rural Development 3  
Total   54 54


  • The first three letters of the Course Code represents the Master's Program/Degree
  • The first number of the Course Code represents the semester where such course is approximately offered  
  • The last two numbers of the Course Code represent the order of the subjects required to finish the said degree
  • Courses with * are common subjects for MBA and MDM
  • Courses with ** are subjects for State Exams
  • NUGS reserves the right to change some of these courses from time to time in order to provide its students with the kind of education that meets the need of Cambodian's organizations and the country's development requirements.