IGNOU MA in Rural Development, Course Information, Eligibility

MA in Rural Development (IGNOU)

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M.A. in Rural Development

The syllabus of M.A. Programme in Rural Development is designed to include such diverse academic contents as are essential in the making of this discipline in the Indian Context. A critical component of this programme is dissertation based on empirical research in rural areas. It will be useful to personnel working in various Govt. Departments/agencies, NGOs, Cooperatives, Banks and other institutions engaged in rural transformation. It will also be beneficial for fresh graduates interested in pursuing career in the discipline of rural development.


Graduates from any discipline are eligible.


It is offered in English & Hindi.

Programme Fee

Ist Year: Rs 3100/- (Rs. 100/- Registration fee inclusive)
IInd Year : Rs 2900/-

MA in Rural Development Duration

Minimum 2 years
Maximum 5 years


66 credits (1 credit = 30 hours of study)

Programme Structure

Course Code Title of the Course Credits
First Year Compulsory Courses  
MRD-101 Rural Development - Indian Context 6
MRD-102 Rural Development Programmes 6
MRD-103 Rural Development - Planning and Management 6
MRD-004 Research Methods in Rural Development 6
MRDP-001 Dissertation 6


Course Code Title of the Course Credits
Second Year

Optional Courses

(Opt 5 courses)

RDD-6 Rural Health Care 6
RDD-7 Communication and Extension in Rural Development 6
MRDE-101 Rural Social Development 6
MRDE-002 Voluntary Action in Rural Development 6
MRDE-003 Land Reforms and Rural Development 6
MRDE-004 Entrepreneurship and Rural Development 6

II Year: A learner must complete total of five optional courses during Second


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