Masters of Rural Development
Masters of Rural Development, abbreviated M.R.D. or MRD, is a multi-discipline graduate degree. The masters program integrates the disciplines of geography, sociology, political science, economics, business administration, and psychology to create an interdisciplinary approach to studying and solving rural issues. Programs usually consist of both course work and thesis research. The M.R.D. program is awarded at universities across Europe and North America, in countries such as, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States.
The M.R.D. program is awarded by Universiteit Gent. The program at Universiteit Gent is co-offered with partners at National Higher Agricultural Education Institute (Rennes, France), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Spain), and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany).
The M.R.D. program is awarded by Brandon University, through the Faculty of Arts. Brandon University is one of only two graduate programs focused on rural development in Canada, with the second program (Masters of Rural Planning and Development) offered at the University of Guelph in both a Canadian and International Stream.
The M.R.D. program is awarded by National University of Ireland, Galway, through the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, and by University College Dublin through the School of Biology & Environmental Science.
The M.R.D program is awarded by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, through the Department of Urban and Rural Development. The program is focused on rural development and natural resource issues, mainly in the global South. It provides both theoretical and practical skills for analysis and action, in order to create a platform both for future careers in sectors focused on development and natural resource management, and for research.
The MSc in Managing Rural Development M.R.D. is awarded by the University of London through School of Oriental and African Studies SOAS as an online course delivered by the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)- see the course web pages at  and 
The MSc in PROJECT PLANNING FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT is an official Master’s Program of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and is fully integrated in the European Space for Higher Education as stated in the Bolognia Declaration. See the course web page at: www.desarrollorural.us 
- Universiteit Gent, http://www.fbw.ugent.be/Research_services/education_agr_econ.php
- Brandon University, http://www.brandonu.ca
- "Rural Planning and Development MSc Program". School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. University of Guelph.
- National University of Ireland, http://www.cairnes.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/mrd.php
- University College Dublin,http://www.ucd.ie/bioenvsci/postgrad/masters_rural_dev.htm
- "Education at the Department of Urban and Rural Development - SLU - Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet". www.slu.se. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
- University of East Anglia, http://www1.uea.ac.uk/cm/home/schools/ssf/dev
India This programme is offered as MARD (Master of Arts in Rural development) from IGNOU, New Delhi, MRMD (Master in Rural Management and Development) from Tripura University, Tripura, Agartala, India