The Institute of Agriculture and Development Studies was established as one of the Academic Programs of the School of Graduate Studies of St. Mary’s University by offering accredited post graduate programs in Agriculture, Agribusiness and Rural Development in 2011. In 2014, the Institute started to offer an additional accredited program in Development Economics that leads to Master of Arts qualification. The programs of the Institute of Agriculture and Development Studies are offered through rigorous combinations of theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented regular two-year semester-based courses and thesis. The Institute owns Journal of Agriculture and Development Studies that publishes peer-reviewed research articles and short communications in agriculture and development studies biannually.

The Institute is based in the Main Campus of St. Mary’s University located around Mexico Square 300 meters south of the Federal Police Commission Head Quarter on the road to Sarbet behind Oil Libya Gas Station.

The institute admits students twice a year for its all programs through rigorous selection methods that involves entrance exam among others. The programs are designed for professionals having bachelor degree in related fields. Applicants who want to join any of the Institute’s programs should fulfill all the requirements set by the university’s School of Graduate Studies.  

Programs Offered by the Institute of Agriculture and Development Studies

      • Agricultural Economics
      • Rural Development
      • Development Economics

Course Structure and Student Assessment

The courses of each program have a four semester breakdown with a minimum nine and maximum 12 credits hours per semester. The course duration is 16 weeks.

In all programs, continuous student assessment and final exam are used as major tools to assess the learning outcomes. Student theses are evaluated through open defense by arranging external and internal examiners.


Main Campus

Tel.0115 58 06 12

P. O. Box: 1211

Addis Ababa