Master in Development and International Studies


The MDIS program covers both social and economic development issues in Cambodia and internationally which focuses on practices of local and international agencies.
This program allows students to gain better understanding of problems in a broader perspective 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. It will help students to gain the experience in development management, and use that experience in a theoretical and comparative context. It helps to prepare for employment in improving Cambodia and other nations through NGOs, donor agencies or voluntary organizations. It will help  enhance their skills and knowledge in specialist functional areas such as institution, social and economic development and also 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 CodeCourse Description / TitleNumber of CreditsTotal Number of Credits
Basic Courses12
GDI 101*Statistics3 
GDI 102*Research Methods3 
GDI 103*Fundamentals of Development Management3 
GDI  104Interrnational Relations3 
Major Courses18
GDI  205Development Economics3 
GDI  206Regional and Rural Development**3 
GDI 207*Cross-Cultural Management3 
GDI 208*International Institutional Development3 
GDI 209Policy Development**3 
GDI 401*International Human Resource Management3 
Elective / Cognate Courses12
GDI 311NGO Management3 
GDI 312Donor Funding and Proposal Writing**3 
GDI 101*International Organizational Behavior3 
GDI 301*Project Management**3 
Options for Thesis or Non Thesis Tract12
Option 1: For Thesis Tract
GDI 415AThesis Writing12 
Option 2: For Non Thesis Tract
GDI 415BDevelopment Management Research Project3 
GDI 416*Leadership3 
GDI 417*Management Ethics3 
GDI 418Community Development3 
Total 5454


  • 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.