Academic Offer

Research Master's Programs - Rural Territorial Development 2016-2018


The Master is aimed to training high-level professionals, with capacities of research and intervention in the rural territorial development that can contribute to the development of productive, social and environmental potential of the field, creating alternatives from thinking about new challenges in rural areas.

Who is it for?

To graduates students in Social Sciences (Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science) and also in Agronomy and Geography. The students must have interest in research and to articulate experiences of rural and regional development. Also, the master is aimed at professionals with experience working with local governments, NGOs and regional development.


Application Deadline: May 27, 2016
Entrance exam: June 10, 2016
Interviews, selection and scholarship assignation process: from June 20 to July 1, 2016
Admission information: July 7, 2016
Admission decisions: August 15, 2016
Registration period: from July 8 to September 2, 2016
First day of classes: October 17, 2016

Curriculum structure

In order to get a Master’s degree, students must complete 64 credits in total, divided in:

  • 12 courses of four credits each with a total of 48 credits
  • A research workshop of twelve credits
  • 4 credits for the production and presentation of the master's thesis.
Class schedule
From Monday to Thursday, 17h00-20h00. Some courses take place from 07h00 to 09h00.



Formación general Economía agraria
Teoría social rural
Teorías del desarrollo

Especialización Desarrollo rural territorial
Geografía y territorio rural
Teorías del desarrollo rural
Gobernanza y ordenamiento territorial

Área metodológica
Métodos cualitativos
Métodos cuantitativos

Talleres de tesis Taller de Tesis I, II y III

Optativas del programa** Economía de los recursos naturales y medio ambiente
Articulación campo-ciudad
Soberanía alimentaria y sostenibilidad
Capital social y territorio
* Certain matters might be subject to changes.

** The students in addition can choose for the set of courses that offer FLACSO's different educational programs.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent certification by a duly certified higher education institution.
  • Grades in previous university studies that average at least 80% of the maximum grade of that institution’s scale.
  • Exclusive dedication of at least five hours daily to the teaching program.
  • Completion of an academic aptitude exam.
  • Proven ability to read and understand texts in English.

Entry Process

All applicants must complete an online form and attach all the required documents. The cost of the application is 30 USD. All applications will be submitted to the corresponding program’s selection process. Selected applicants will be interviewed by FLACSO professors.


FLACSO Ecuador has a scholarship and financial assistance policy for students admitted into its Master's programs. The policy is shaped by criteria of academic performance and by the socio-economic situation of the applicants.