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Recognizing the growing needs and requirements for trained professionals in rural development AIOU has decided to initiate a Masters level program in Rural Development. This program provides graduates with an interdisciplinary base from which to approach the diverse issue involved in rural change. It is designed for students interested in pursuing careers that are interactive with the potential and problems associated with the rural sector. The program is multidisciplinary in its course contents, and will provide an opportunity for in depth study of the key elements of rural development and relevant professional practice.

Eligibility Criteria

BSc (Hons) Agriculture/DVM./Animal Husbandry/ Agriculture Engineering degree in 2nd division or MA/MSc in Social Work/Sociology/Rural Sociology/Anthropology/Forestry/ Forestry Extension/Developmental Studies/Environmental Sciences/ Economics/HRD/NRM/Business Management degree with second division/ 2.5 CGPA.

Selection Process

Selection of the candidates will be made strictly on the basis of merit/criteria laid down by the Department/ University.


The minimum duration of M.Sc. (Hons) Rural Development shall be two years and maximum duration shall be three years. There will be two semesters in each year.

Medium of Instruction


Teaching Methodology

The University allots Study Centre and Tutors for the Students to get guideline accordingly. A student has to secure passing marks in Assignments as well as in final exams to successfully complete concerned Educational Programme.

AIOU Credits Required

8 Full Credits/48 Credit hours

1. Sustainable Rural Development-1790
2. Regenerating Agriculture-1791
3. Rural Poverty Alleviation-1792
4. Human Resource Development-1793

1. Ngo Management-1794
2. Research For Development-1795
3. Natural Resources Management-1796
4. Managing Projects In Rural Development-1797

1. Thesis

1. Thesis

Elective / Major Courses:





The workshop for one semester course work will be conducted at the end of each semester; the duration of the workshop will be one week. Attendance in the workshop will be compulsory.


The minimum period to complete the thesis after the successful completion of course work will be one year and maximum period of the degree shall be three years.




After completion of course work and thesis




The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.