This programme is not available for application any longer.


Do you want to become a Change Agent within ICT for development? We have a special programme for you!

Our vision for this master’s programme, Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), is to prepare individuals who are ready and able to initiate and implement sustainable change with rigor in developing regions. Our goal is to train graduates who will be aware of the many challenges of development work and able to face them creatively and innovatively.
As a student in this program, you will play an active role and we expect you to grow into a bold, knowledgeable and motivated Change Agent contributing to environmental, economic and social sustainability.

Information and communication technology (ICT) has become a key factor in global development. A rapid expansion of infrastructure as well as services and applications has made ICT an essential part of today’s societies—both in developing and developed countries. However, ICT takes different forms and functions in different parts of the world. This programme prepares students for work in highly dynamic environments of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), including international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGO), government agencies and global business.

ICT4D is a new, interdisciplinary field that studies the use of technological innovation for socio-economic development. At Stockholm University, ICT4D follows a rights-based approach to development, with an emphasis on gender as well as environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The ICT4D Master’s Programme is an online programme based on open courseware. It is the only open program of its kind globally, designed for students from around the world. Leading experts and researchers in ICT4D offer students a unique opportunity to acquire up-to-date knowledge in the rapidly evolving field of ICT4D.

Development of the programme has been sponsored by The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (Spider), a resource center for ICT4D based at DSV, Stockholm University.

Distance studies

This programme is given as an online master, which means that you have the opportunity to study a master in your country.

All courses will be available through our learning platform giving students the freedom of being location independent. Teachers and tutors will give students support and feedback. You are able to read this programme via the learning platform with no campus meetings or lectures in Stockholm.

Flexible study pace

This programme is given at a full-time, 100%, study pace (40h/week). The programme is somewhat flexible but it is suggested to follow the programme outline. When the course is scheduled, you will get feedback, help and results on your assignment and group work from the teacher. If you decide to read the course outside the programme outline, you have to wait until the next time the course is scheduled to get the feedback and result.

Programme outline - Master's Programme in ICT4D


"I think it's an excellent program with a clear focus and a challenging workload"

Why did you choose this programme?
I was looking for something where I could use my ICT knowledge, but in relation to making technology more useful and accessible to people. I believe we have a lot of great technology available but it is not being used to its full potential...

Meet ICT4D student Almir Delic

"After reading this programme, I realized how important ICT is in our society"

Why did you choose this programme?
First of all, ICT and development sounded very new and interesting. I choose this programme first of all because it was a MS in ICT which were given flexible. This programme sounded exactly what I needed.

Meet ICT4D student Emy Ågren



The programme is suitable for students aiming for professional fields where ICT is used as a tool for development, in both public and private sectors. Graduates may also enter PhD. programmes in order to pursue a research career.

More information about the programme

Credits: 120
Language: English
Duration: 2 year
Study form: Distance, 100% study pace
Begins: Autumn

Programme Requirements

To qualify for this programme, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree or a degree equal to 180 ECTS. A minimum of 40 ECTS of that degree should be in computer science, systems science, informatics or information systems.

Language Proficiency

Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 or:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) Academic Module: Overall minimum score of 6.5 (with no section below 5.5).
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
            o Paper Based: Overall minimum score of 575 (with minimum score 4.5 in the written test)
            o Internet based : Overall minimum score of 90 (with minimum score 20 in the written test)
  • University of Cambridge and Oxford: Certificate in Advanced English or Diploma of English Studies