M.A in Developing Countries from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

New Delhi: The M.A. in Developing Countries is a new 2020 program by Tel-Aviv University that seeks to train pioneering and entrepreneurial students from around the world to become leaders in the field, whether in academia, civil society, or industry. The program combines class-based and experiential learning.

In these changing times sustainable development is one of the biggest challenge countries across the globe are working towards. It requires innovative ways to provide the global population with an environmentally sustainable and equitable supply of energy, water, and food that can help improve health, livelihoods, and wellbeing, especially for low-income communities in developing countries.

This program will help students take an active role in developing and field-testing practical and innovative solutions to crucial development challenges that combine technological, cultural, psychological, and economic-behavioral dimensions. A particular emphasis is on engaging with Israel’s technological innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem and its own development experience.

The program prepares students for a variety of careers in the fields of diplomacy, corporate social responsibility and social change management across the globe.

Eligibility for Indian students

Students with a bachelor’s  (or MA) degree in any discipline, including engineering, social science, data science, management, physics, and life sciences, with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or 80 on a 100-point scale can apply for the program. Students with entrepreneurial spirit and who aspire to become pioneers of sustainable development should apply for the course.


Program delivery

Keeping in mind case of restrictions connected to the COVID-19 situation, this program has put in place an alternative of long-distance learning. If physical presence is not possible, students will be able to participate in courses remotely and once permitted, resume in person without this affecting their ability to complete the program. Many field studies are planned in India.

This program integrates training in the theoretical foundations and the practical skills relevant to the study and practice of sustainable development.


The program lasts 4 semesters, the first 2 at Tel-Aviv University and then the third semester either in Israel or in a developing country where Tel Aviv University is working with local partners from academia, civil society, and industry. The fourth semester is dedicated to guided research and thesis writing based on the third semester’s fieldwork.

Application process and admission

Applicants can apply for the course using online application form at https://portal.telavivuniv.org/createprofile.php