Master in Sustainable Development

Proposed Degree Title: Multidisciplinary Master in Sustainable Development Program Title in Short: MSD

Degree awarding institution: Kathmandu University

School: Education

Discipline:  Multidisciplinary

Medium of Instruction: English


With least conflict, all agree that education at different levels serve for different interests to individuals’ and a society or societies. It is believed that the foundations of behaviors are led quite early during schooling, where society is also a part of schooling. Behavioral induction and reinforcement of positive behavior thereby sustaining those desired behavior is one of the major aims of education; following it development comes as an impact. This indicates that ‘Developmental’ dynamism is another fascinating world from different perspectives. It is equally important for academia as the market demands a lot of professionalism within. Taking experiences of past program (Master of Education in Environment Education and Sustainable Development) at School of Education and with number of consultation workshops; tracer studies; we note an increasing demand of an interdisciplinary degree. This has set a rationale for a marketable and sellable ‘Masters in Sustainable Development’ degree program at KUSOED.

The global challenges like recession, social behaviors and conflicts, environmental challenges equally affect the humanity and challenge our future. More specifically we are facing problems in the area of natural resources, governances, peace, conflicts, behavior, livelihood and lifestyle, etc. It is becoming difficult to predict where the world would lead in absence of good environment and society. Tracking what Einstein said, ‘The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking we used when we created them’. We need to have people and society who can think at different levels, and be a change agent. Sustainable Development (SD) is an emerging tool to develop critical thinkers, who can take the Environment, Society and Economy together in a complete harmony. The most important part of the society – indigenous and the associated knowledge pool – has been discarded in most of the program in Higher Education. This program is cautious to promote the culture, indigenousity and associated intellectual property rights focused on 21st century agenda towards sustainable future for the entire world. With these entire contexts, this Regional Master’s program in Sustainable Development will stand a sellable as well as marketable degree being offered by Kathmandu University, School of Education.

Key Features of the Program

The program will objectively carry the purpose held by Sustainable Development in line with global community concerns. So the program will focus on taking the scholars to a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem solving skill, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions (Council for Sustainable Development, 1992).

The process products – the graduates will contribute towards an environmentally sound and economically prosperous future from different professions and positions. Precisely the degree compliments towards developing professionals to work in the following sectors:

  1. Development /Sustainable Development Worker
  2. Conservations Educationist
  3. Experts for Environmental Governance, and Policy Analyst
  4. Environment Planner
  5. Development Educationist
  6. Teacher/Educators/Trainer

The program objective has the following characteristics:

  • Multidisciplinary Master in Sustainable Development is the Regional Master’s Program with interdisciplinary coverage targeted to cater services to the region after recognizing a deficit of such program in our region.
  • The program is an interdisciplinary one with a thrust to produce educators, researchers, policy analysts, planners and trainers in the field of Sustainable Development.
  • This is a University identified area/program with over five year of experience of producing graduates with Master in Environment Education and Sustainable Development working in different areas. The experience showed a need of sellable as well as marketable degree. This degree program has all essential components to produce employee to self-employment portfolio.
  • The international job market analysis has shown a steady increase of employment only in Sustainable Environment Sector/Job; this program will cater to produce the graduate for these demanding sectors.

Entry Requirements

A candidate with a graduate degree in any field (e.g. B. Ed. /B.Sc. /B Engg./PGDE or equivalent, with completion of 15 years of schooling) from an Institution/university recognized by Kathmandu University with second class standing or minimum 2.5 CGPA is eligible to apply. The scholars need to demonstrate their interest in the program and English language proficiency through an integrated entrance test followed by an interview set by the Department/School. Students getting to the next step of recruitment follow an online registration along with a Migration Certificate (as per KU regulations) from previous institution/University to get officially registered with Kathmandu University and the program.

Evaluation and Graduation

The course facilitator assigned with the course paper is entirely responsible for the evaluation. The in semester Continuous Assessment System (CAS) comprises 50% weightage and end semester Paper Based Test (PBT) carries the rest 50%. Students will be graded as the letter grade system in practice at KU. The grades and their corresponding impression have been presented below.

Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C F
Grade Point 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 Below 2.0
Performance Outstanding Excellent



Good Satisfactory Fair poor Fail

In order to pass, the scholar has to maintain at least C in individual course and a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 3.0. The calculation of CGPA and their impression is as follow.

CGPA is calculated at the end of the program using the given relation.

CGPA = (c1 g1+c2g2+c3g3…) / (c1+c2+c3…..)

Where c1, c2… denote credits associated with the courses taken by the student and g1, g2 denote grade values of the letter grades earned in the respective courses.

CGPA at the end of the degree defines the division as follows:

CGPA Impression/Division
3.7 to 4 Distinction
3.25 to less than 3.7 First
3 to less than 3.25 Second
Less than 3 Fail

The entire requirement must be completed within the four year time frame irrespective of the credits completed in different semesters.

Structure of the Program

The courses under this program will be offered on semester basis with 15-18 credits of course load per semester as per implementation practices in Master’s program at Kathmandu University. The course to be offered for each semester and the sequence has been defined after consolidating the thought and ideas/views of the curricularist, faculties’ and other stakeholders (faculty board meeting) in line with the practices at Kathmandu University.

The program will follow a semester (six months) basis to deliver the courses. There will be four areas of course papers in line with the master’s program structure offered at school of education. Full time students attend six days in a week; additional a day (Saturday) is marked as make up day for any additional inputs required during the scholarly exercise.

Core Courses 06 Credits Specialization Courses 39 Credits Elective Courses[1]06 Credits Practical Courses 09 Credits

2 Courses

3*2=6 Credits

13 Courses

Compulsory Courses (3*13=39 Credits)

2 Courses (3*2=6 Credits)

Select 2 Courses from the pool

Compulsory Course

2 Courses (6+3=9 Credits)

  1. EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Education
  2. EDUC 509 Research Methodology
  3. EDSC 510 Fundamentals of Environment
  4. EDSC 511 Introduction to Global Change
  5. EDSD 512 Fundamentals of Sustainable Development
  6. EDSD 513Statistical Techniques for Research
  7. EDSC 521 Human and Environment
  8. EDSC 522 Environmental Management
7.EDSD 523 Economics of Sustainability
  1. EDSD 525 Gender and Social Inclusion
  2. EDSD 526 Sociology of Sustainable Development
  3. EDSD 527 Project Management for Development Results
  4. EDSD 528 Communication in Sustainable Development
  5. EDEN 531 Technology in Sustainable Development
  6. EDSD 520 Sustainable Enterprises and Entrepreneurship

1.EDSD 524 Natural Resource Management and Environmental Ethics

  1. EDSD 529 Education for Sustainable Development

3.EDSD 530 Conservation Management

  1. EDSD 533 Global Climate Change
  2. EDSD 534 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development
  3. 6. EDSD 535 Diversity and Local Cosmology in Sustainable Development[2]
  4. EDSD 536 Education for Social Transformation
  5. EDSD 537 Discourses of Education and Development
  6. EDSD 538 Globalization and Emerging Institution
  7. EDSD 539 Management and Leadership in Sustainable Development
  8. EDSD 542 Community Research
  9. EDSD 543 Community Activity

13.EDSD 545 Independent Study

  1. EDSD 532 International and Comparative Perspective in Sustainable Development
  2. EDSD541 Internship (03 Credit)

2.EDSD 559 Dissertation (06 Credits)


  1. EDSD 544 Research Project I (03 Credit)
  2. EDSD 554 Research Project II (03 Credit)

ED/EDUC= Education; SD=Sustainable Development; SC=Science; EN=Engineering

[1] Students can go for 2 courses (2 electives) from wide range of elective courses/pool based upon the availability (offer) with prior approval from the Department.

[2] The courses marked in italics have been planned for offer to year 2014 enrollment.

[3] Students can either go for a dissertation or undertake two research projects I and II

Masters in Sustainable Development_Course Outline

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Program Coordinator

Parbat Dhungana


Kathmandu University, School of Education (KUSOED)

Hattiban, Lalitpur

GPO Box: 6250, Kathmandu

Phone Number: 977-01-5548104, 977-01-5549764

Fax Number:977-01-5533814


[1] Students can go for 2 courses (2 electives) from wide range of elective courses/pool based upon the availability (offer) with prior approval from the Department.

[2] The courses marked in italics have been planned for offer to year 2014 enrollment.

[3] Students can either go for a dissertation or undertake two research projects I and II