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Coursework

Master’s in Sustainable Development Practice (MSDP)

The Master in Sustainable Development Practice (MSDP) is a global multi and interdisciplinary graduate degree program that prepares students to better identify and address the challenges of sustainable development. This programme consists of two years of coursework in four intersecting disciplines-health, natural, social, and management sciences-combined with cross-sectoral field training. The multi and interdisciplinary nature of this MSDP programme equips development practitioners to speak the different “languages” of specialists in, for example, health, agronomy, and economics, enabling them to better understand the root causes of extreme poverty and to address the challenges of sustainable development.

One of the unique characteristic of this programme is that one of the courses (Global Classroom: Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice) is a course that fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration and allows students and teachers from around the world to participate in collective assignments and learning experiences through live video conference. Students from around the world are assigned the same readings and then join their classmates for live weekly on-camera sessions with global experts.

The programme is monitored by the Global Association Board of MDP and supported by the Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA. At the moment, there are 31 universities in 6 continents offering this programme globally. Currently, USM is the only university in South-East Asia that offers this programme. This programme is offered in Kuala Lumpur since September 2014.

In general, the MSDP programme is designed for:

  • Generalist development practitioners, to deepen their knowledge in diverse but related disciplines, enabling them to better coordinate and implement the insights of specialists;
  • Specialist development practitioners, to round out their knowledge base, enabling them to contribute more effectively to interdisciplinary policy teams;
  • Policy administrators and policy professionals, to equip them to pursue effective strategies for sustainable development practice; Private-sector professionals, to prepare them for decision-making and problem-solving roles in matters relating to sustainable development practice;
  • Educators, to help them better address in their curricula the wide range of issues in sustainable development practice.

Core Courses (38 units)

  • General Cluster
    • Global Classroom: Integrated Approaches To Sustainable Development
    • Research Methods for Sustainable Development
    • Project Design Evaluation and Management
    • Master in Sustainable Development Practice Project
  • Global Health Cluster
    • Health Policy and Management
  • Science & Engineering Cluster
    • Energy Infrastructure Planning
    • Human Ecology and Sustainable Development
  • Management Cluster
    • Budget Planning and Financial Management
    • Information Technology for Development
  • Social Science Cluster
    • Economic Analysis for Sustainable Development
    • Law and Governance in Development
    • Social Services Management

Electives (6 units)

  • General Cluster
    • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Global Health Cluster
    • Global Health, Nutrition and Food Insecurity
  • Science & Engineering Cluster
    • Application of Environmental Science
  • Management Cluster
    • Human Resource Management
    • Green Business and Performance Assessment
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Enterprise

*Electives: Availability is based on the number of student enrollment

Admission Requirements

Qualification: Bachelor degree (Honours)

A) CGPA of at least 2.75

  • Subject to additional requirement(s) by the School; OR,

B) CGPA of 2.5 - 2.74

  •  Research experience – 1 year; OR,
  • Professional experience in related field- 1 year; OR,
  • Two (2) academic publications (journals, not proceeding(s) in related field; OR,
  •  Grade B for major/ elective courses; OR,
  • Grade B+ for final year project; OR,

C) CGPA of 2.00 - 2.49

  •  Research experience - 5 years or professional experience in related field- 5 years, AND
  • Two (2) academic publications (journal, not proceeding(s) in related field; OR,
  • Grade B+ for major / elective courses; OR,
  • Grade A- for final year project. 

Language Requirement

  *Applicable for International Applicants Only

  • A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) (Paper-based); OR
  • A minimum score of 213 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (computer-based); OR
  • A minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language) (Internet-based); OR
  • A minimum score of 6.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System); OR
  • English is the candidate’s mother tongue or National Language; OR
  • The candidate graduated from an Institution of Higher Learning in which the medium of instruction at Bachelor and Master level is English; OR
  • English courses offered by British Council. (The level of qualification and the relevant courses are to be identified by the University Postgraduate Studies Council); OR
  • English courses offered by School of Languages, Literacies and Translation (The level of qualification and the relevant courses are to be identified by the University Postgraduate Studies Council); OR
  • English courses from selected Malaysian public/private university or institution. (The level of qualification and the relevant courses should be previously identified and approved by the University Postgraduate Studies Council).

Duration

  • Full-time: Mininum 2 semesters / Maximum 6 semesters
  • Part-time: Mininum 4 semesters / Maximum 12 semesters

Fees

Local Student

 COURSEWORK PROGRAMME               DURATION

 TOTAL TUITION 

      FEE (RM)

 FULL TIME PART TIME 

 MIN

(SEM)

MAX

(SEM) 

MIN

(SEM) 

 MAX

(SEM)

 Master in Sustainable Development Practice (MSDP)    4    8     6     10         25,652
 
Other Fees: 
 Type of Fees                            Amount (RM)
 Registration                  340
 Convocation                  120
  

International Student
 
 COURSEWORK PROGRAMME             DURATION

 TOTAL TUITION 

     FEE (USD)

 FULL TIME PART TIME 

MIN

(SEM)

MAX

(SEM) 

MIN

(SEM) 

 MAX

(SEM)

 Master in Sustainable Development Practice (MSDP)    4     8      6    10              9,625
 
Other Fees: 
 Type of Fees   Amount (USD)
 Registration          227.50
 Convocation             30
 Personal Bond (Refundable upon completion of study)           475

* The exchange rate used is USD1 = RM4.00

* Tuition fees are calculated based on minimum semester

* Fees are subject to change by University without prior notice. Candidates are advised to check the rates before making any transactions

If you are interested to enrol in the programme, please click here to register.

For more information, please contact us at: 

Centre for Global Sustainability Studies
5th Floor, Hamzah Sendut Library
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 Penang, Malaysia
Tel : +604-6534165/ +604-6532461
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