MS Development Studies: Development, Technology and Policy

What makes this course unique?

The degree offers interdisciplinary studies in development and development policy at the global cutting edge in this field. The courses combine knowledge in the social sciences with mathematical statistics using big data techniques to enable evidence based design of development policy. These studies are placed in the perspective of the philosophical traditions of the East and the West that nurture the consciousness of love and reason to build a more humane and tolerant society.

Why is this course being taught within an interdisciplinary context?

Three key challenges confront scholars as well as policy makers at the global, regional and national levels: The environmental crisis; growing economic and social inequality; and widespread violence. Addressing the environmental crisis requires establishing the institutional and organizational basis of initiating a process of Sustainable Development. This involves devising the concepts, forms of consciousness and policies that embody a sense of responsibility towards the human community. Similarly reducing inequality requires restructuring economic growth, changing the institutional structure, cultural and political processes so as to make them inclusive. Dealing with the problem of violence in the long term, means understanding the political, social, psychological and historical processes that underlie it.

Finally, in understanding these issues and designing public policy to address them requires skills in Information Technology for using big data sets in policy analysis as well as evidence based policy design. Thus there is an increasing awareness that the present historical juncture requires an interdisciplinary understanding of the various dimensions of development within the perspective of a humane sensibility.

While studying Development Studies: Development, Technology and Policy, you will benefit from:

  • A world class faculty qualified from leading universities with extensive experience in research and teaching. Our faculty comes from practitioner backgrounds which combines academic analysis and policy expertise.
  • Cutting edge research facilities and a unique data set on various aspects of development policy.
  • A program of distinguished lecture series, international conferences and seminars, covering a range of issues.
Employment opportunities after graduation

It is expected that students graduating with an MS degree in Development Studies from ITU who are imparted with a holistic understanding of development and training in evidence based policy design will have ample opportunities of employment. Potential employers include the following:

  • Government Departments engaged in the formulation and implementation of development policies at the Federal and Provincial levels.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in development initiatives at the local, provincial and national levels.
  • Academia and specialized development research institutes.
  • Donor Agencies engaged in supporting government development policy making and development practice.
  • Private Sector Organizations to whom Donor Agencies outsource development work.
  • There is a significant market niche for consultancy firms related with development policy and development action. Graduates of the MS in Development Studies from ITU, in collaboration with their colleagues can start up consultancy firms. These firms could conduct policy research in development and operate development projects outsourced by the government, NGOs and private sector.

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Application Process
  • Tentative Degree Structure
  • Fees and Funding

16 years of education including university education in Pakistan (or equivalent). Knowledge of one or more Social Sciences, Mathematics, or Information Technology will place the applicant at an advantage in the admission process. Selection will be on merit evaluated on a competitive basis.

The procedure for admission is as follows:

  1. The opening of the admissions cycle shall be announced by ITU. This announcement will be made available on the ITU website and through print and electronic media, including Urdu and English newspapers, Facebook, Twitter etc.
  2. Interested students will register through submitting application form available online. Eligible applicants would be invited for the admission test.
  3. Shortlisted candidates shall be called in for interviews.
  4. Admission decisions will be dispatched.

Admission to ITU is based on the below-mentioned application components. The weightage of each component in the overall decision is also given.

  • Academic Background: 40%
  • Admission Test: 40%
  • Interview & Assessment: 20%

Note: only candidates who submit a complete application form will be considered for admission.


Selected candidates will be informed of admission decisions through Merit List, SMS and email. The Merit List will be available on the ITU website.


All admissions will be provisional, and shall be confirmed after receiving proof of academic requirements. If a selected applicant fails in the Intermediate (or equivalent examination), their admission shall immediately stand cancelled.


ITU reserves the right to cancel the admission of students involved in any undesirable or illegal activity. ITU also reserves the right to cancel admission of a student at any time if the student is found to have submitted false information/documents.

Semester I
S.No. Title of Course Credit Hours
1. Key Challenges in Development and Policy: Environmental Crisis; Inequality; and Violence 3
2. Mathematical Statistics and Use of Big Data Techniques for Research 3
3. Philosophical Issues in Economic Development: Ethics, Capabilities, and Rationality 3


Semester II
S.No. Title of Course Credit Hours
1. Concepts, Values and Knowledge: Historical Development of Social Science 3
2. Research Methodology for Development Policy 3
3. Evidence based decision making and the role of Big Data in Public Policy 3
4. Technology and Policy with a Data Lab component 3


Semester III
S.No. Title of Course Credit Hours
1. The Making of the Modern World 3
2. Political Economy of Development 3
3. Thesis 3


Semester IV
S.No. Title of Course Credit Hours
1. Thesis 3
2. Development and Public Policy in Pakistan 3
  • Tuition fee per credit hour: Rupees 6,000/-
  • Other charges per semester: Rupees 24,000/-
  • Information Technology University offers generous funding to its students. Below is a list of the different opportunities that we offer:
    1. Generous Merit and Need Based Scholarships.
    2. Graduate fellowships and Graduate Grants.
    3. Funding from Punjab Education Endowment Fund.