Master of Science in Development Administration


The Program prepares individuals to be creative, innovative and entrepreneurial administrators of the various levels and agencies of government, non-government, and international organizations

It is designed to ensure that students acquire the ability to:

  • Conduct development research and policy analysis
  • Analyze and understand situations and processes that hinder or facilitate the development process
  • Formulate policies appropriate to the achievement of the goals of development


  • Quality Assurance in Public Service
  • Urban and Rural Development Planning
  • Policy Analysis
  • Development Research
  • Project Evaluation and Analysis
  • Program Design and Implementation
  • Community-based Resource Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Conflict and Negotiation Management
  • Planned Change in Development
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Decision Making
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Cultural Modification
  • Social Marketing


Foundation Courses

Course No. & Title


Course Description

GM 210

Introduction to Social Change and the Administrative Process

(3 units)

Social Change and administration processes. Examine change and their application with focus on the role of the administration as social change agent/catalyst.

GM 211

Research Methods and Statistics I

(3 units)

This course will introduce you to the process of scientific inquiry using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. The course will cover all stages of the research process including conceptualization, design, measurement, and collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data. You will learn how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data using descriptive and inferential statistics. The goal of the course is to help you develop the ability to design and critically assess scientific research.

GM 212

Research Methods and Statistics II

(3 units)

Building on skills learned in RMS I this course focuses on the use of more advanced research methods and statistics in analyzing public programs, policy issues, and public and nonprofit managerial issues. Topic include experimental and quasi-experimental designs, survey research, sampling strategies and intermediate statistical techniques including analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and time series analysis. Problem solving exercises involving data analysis and interpretation using a Windows based version of Statistical Package will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, students will complete their own analytical projects, from problems formulation through the preparation of brief reports, as a major requirement for the course.

GM 213

Development Perspectives

(3 units)

Theories, concepts, models and approaches of development and their application to the analysis of development processes in the Philippines and Asia.

GM 214

Development Administration Theory, Method and Experience

(3 units)

This subject aims to familiarize the students with changing approaches to development and proposals for administrative reform and help them understand the debates surrounding the changing nature of the state and the practical implications of privatization and “new public management”. This subject locates the origins of development administration in the debates of the 1960s, in particular modernization theory and dependency theory. It relates changing approaches to the state and bureaucracy to political and economic change over the last two decades. Different approaches to administration reform, changes in the nature of planning/project management, and the debates surrounding decentralization are also explored.


Master of Science in Development Administration

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