Master in Development Studies (MDS)

  • Duration: 104 weeks
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Master in Development Studies (MDS)

Program Goal: Sustainable development in line with Buddhist concepts of Sheela sampanna sangha and shared prosperity with maitri (amity), karuna (compassion) and mudita (joy)

 Program Objective: Equip learners with knowledge, skill and attitude for independently conceptualizing, planning, implementing and evaluating sustainable development programs/projects based on Buddhist philosophy and applied sciences through innovative ideas for bringing positive changes in the people’s livelihood.

Course-List for MDS

  • DEVS 510 Basics of Economics
  • DEVS 511 Monastic Experience
  • DEVS 512 Buddhist Perspectives of Development
  • DEVS 513 Development Theories and Contemporary Issues
  • DEVS 514 Poverty and Inequality
  • DEVS 515 Research Methodology
  • DEVS 551 Development Field Experience
  • DEVS 552 Development Communication
  • DEVS 553 Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
  • DEVS 554 Conflict Management
  • DEVS 555 Development Project Management
  • DEVS 611 Outreach Program
  • DEVS 612 Governance and Role of the State
  • DEVS 613 Globalization, Value Chains and Trade
  • DEVS 614 Entrepreneurship Development
  • DEVS 615 Development Planning
  • DEVS 651 International Cooperation
  • DEVS 652 Thesis


Learner-centered modalities offering modular approaches, independent studies, experiential learning, practical applications, research and others

Conceptual clarity by empowering learners in online/physical sessions facilitated by experienced faculties using Buddhist pedagogy such as open-air sessions

Practical/Applications giving exposures to learners for real-life applications of theories/concepts

Experiential learning opportunities for individual efforts under faculty’s supervision, as follows:

  • Monastic Experience (acquainted with Buddhist lifestyle)
  • Field Experience (exposure on projects/programs)
  • Outreach Program (serving the community)

Research knowledge, skill and attitude by testing ideas/tools in diverse fields for assignments, term-papers and thesis


Continuous evaluation of learners’ progress as tailored by faculties covering attendance, assignments, term papers and examinations

Course coverage 

In general, courses have been designed to cover 40% on concepts & theories pertinent to the subject matter, and 30% each on Nepal specific and regional/global contexts.


The minimum qualifications of learners for admissions will be as follows:

  • CGPA 2.5 or 50% aggregate in the four-year undergraduate programs of any stream
  • CGPA 2.5 or 50% aggregate in the three-year undergraduate programs of any stream, and 2 years of work experience in the relevant fields
SNParticulars1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester4th Semester
1Entrance Fee2500000
2LBU Registration5000000
3Tuition fee per Month12500125001250012500
4ID card500000
5Game and Sports****
6Library fee4000000
7Library Card500000
8Laboratory Fee****
9Library Deposit5000000
10Examination Mid Term1000100010001000
11Examination Semester End2500250025002500
12College Development Fund1000000
13Student Welfare5000000
14Security Deposit5000000
17Field Visit****
Sub Total44500160001600031000
Five Months Fee62500625006250062500
Payment Per Students at Semester End107000785007850093500
Installments of Payment
At the time of Admission53500392503925046750
At the time of Final Examination53500392503925046750
Total Payment Students In 2 years357500
Fees For International Students
Fee for SAARC Students536250
Fee for the International Students715000

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