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Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy in Community Development

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General Info


The Community Development program prepares individuals to take on the challenge of empowering local communities to develop effective strategies for identifying community goals and maximizing their assets to achieve these goals. It builds both practical and analytical skills to address these challenges. Blending theory and practice, the program enables students to better understand complex linkages between local action and the processes of policy making at various levels. Students learn to critically examine the complex roles and effectiveness of local institutions in community development. The course of study allows students to employ and critique traditional and emerging community strategies and tools.

Program Requirements

MS in Community Development (minimum of 37-38 units)

  1. Core courses (minimum of 12-13 units)
  2. Research specialization courses (minimum of 10 units)
  3. Cognate courses (minimum of 9 units)
  4. Thesis (6 units)

PhD in Community Development (minimum of 45-48 units)

  1. Core courses (minimum of 14 units)
  2. Research specialization courses (minimum of 10 units)
  3. Cognate courses (minimum of 9 units for single cognate and 12 units for double cognates, with a minimum of 6 units taken from each cognate field)
  4. Dissertation (12 units)


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Core Courses


CED 232 Advanced Social Psychology 3  
CED 227 Administrative Theory   3
AERS 265 Sociology of Development 3  
CED 301 Philosophical Ideas in Development   3
CED 365 Rural Institutions   3
AERS 281 Theory Construction   3
AERS 282 Social Research Design(1) 3  
STAT 166
CED 291
Statistics for the Social Sciences(2)

Special Topics


TOTAL 12-13 14
1.  Research Specialization Courses(3) 10 10
2.  Cognates(4) 9 9-12
3.  Thesis/Dissertation(5) 6 12
TOTAL NO. OF UNITS 37-38 45-48


(1) Should be taken by a PhD student if he/she has not taken it in his/her MS degree.
(2) Should be taken by a PhD student if he/she has not taken it in his/her MS degree. If CED 291 is chosen by PhD student instead of STAT 166, Qualitative Research Methods should be taken.
(3) Courses to be prescribed by a Student's Graduate Committee covering his/her specialization stream with a minimum of 10 units. This includes 1 unit Graduate Seminar, CED 299.
(4) For MS, a minimum of 9 units. For PhD, 9 units for single cognate and 12 units for double cognates (6 units/cognate).
(5) Considered as the research specialization area supporting the major/cognate courses.

Specialization Courses

List of Possible Courses for the Research Specialization Stream

(Minimum of 10 units)
(Minimum of 10 units)
Required: (7 units) Required: (7 units)
CED 250* Community Development (3 units) CED 251 Comparative Community Development (3 units)
CED 252* Planning and Administration of Community Development (3 units) AERS 267 Perspectives in Community Analysis (3 units)
CED 299 Graduate Seminar (1 unit) CED 299 Graduate Seminar (1 unit)
Electives: (3 units) Electives: (3 units)
CED 246 Evaluation in Rural Development (3 units) CED 246 Evaluation in Rural Development (3 units)
CED 253 Comparative Local Government (3 units) CED 253 Comparative Local Government (3 units)
AERS 261 Social and Cultural Change (3 units) DM 220 Public Policy and Program Administration for Development (3 units)
  SOC 292 Qualitative Social Research (3 units)


* Required for PhD students if not taken at the MS level.

Course Description


CED 227. Administrative Theory (3). Management theories and concepts as they relate to organizations with emphasis on educational institutions; forces in the organization and the external environment and their influence on managerial roles, functions, and management policies. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI, (2)

CED 232. Advanced Social Psychology (3). Principles of Social Psychology and analysis of empirical studies and their implications. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (2)

CED 291. Special Topics (2). May be taken twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 4 units. 2 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1,2)

CED 301. Philosophical Ideas in Development (3). Philosophical traditions in development and conceptual frameworks for analyzing contemporary development programs. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1)

CED 365. Rural Institutions (3). Identification, description, and analysis of changes taking place in rural institutions, which relate to the economic, social, political, and cultural life .3 hrs (class). PR. AERS 261 or AERS 265 or COI, (1,2)

AERS 265. Sociology of Development (3). Application of sociological theories and concepts to the problems of development at the international, national, and local levels, with emphasis on operationally significant concepts derived from current research and development. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1)

AERS 281. Theory Construction (3). Postulates in science, structure, functions and formats of theory; concept formation and definitions; origination of hypotheses; and introduction to the epistemological foundation of sociological theories. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1,2)

AERS 282. Social Research Design (3). Methods of social research with emphasis on the major steps in the design and conduct of social research from problem definition to analysis, interpretation and write-up of research report. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1,2)

STAT 166. Statistics for the Social Sciences (3). Test of hypothesis; non-parametric tests; analysis of one-way and two-way classification data; measures of association and relationships; introduction to multivariate techniques, factor analysis and time series analysis; sampling. 5 hrs (2 class, 3 lab) PR. Stat 1, (1,2)


Required Courses

CED 250. Community Development (3). Philosophy, principles and problems of community development in the Philippines. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1)

CED 251. Comparative Community Development (3). Analysis of the characteristics of national community development programs in selected countries, with emphasis on their comparative merits and demerits and on the extraction of elements that may have universal application. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI, (2)

CED 252. Planning and Administration of Community Development (3). Features of community development programs in the Philippines, their organization, administrative planning, interrelationship with the local government units, financing, personnel administration, field execution, and evaluation. PR. COI, (2)

CED 299. Graduate Seminar (1). PR. COI, (1,2)

AERS 267. Perspectives in Community Analysis (3). Theoretical foundations of the concept of community and their application in current community studies. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1)

Elective Courses

CED 246. Evaluation in Rural Development (3). The nature, principles, and role of evaluation in vocational agriculture education, extension education and community development; selection, construction, and use of evaluation devices. 3 hrs PR. COI, (1)

CED 253. Comparative Local Government (3). Organization, management, and finance of local rural government in selected high-income and low-income countries, including the relationship between level of government and the alternative to local autonomy. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1,2)

AERS 261. Social and Cultural Change (3). Theories and models of social and cultural change with emphasis on technology and social change, particularly problems related to acceptance and diffusion of innovation in agriculture and other areas. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1,2)

DM 220. Public Policy and Program Administration for Development (3). Policy formulation, analysis and implementation, program administration and project management for development. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1,2)

SOC 292. Qualitative Social Research (3). Perspectives, methods, analysis, and interpretation in qualitative research. 3 hrs (class). PR. SOC 250 or COI, (1)

Contact Info

Institute for Governance and Rural Development
College of Public Affairs and Development
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna 4031 Philippines

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