The Department of Global Development Studies offers graduate training leading to the degree of Master of Arts (MA).
The MA program has been designed with two streams: a course-based Master's and a research-based Master's. All students are initially accepted into the one-year course-based stream. Interested and qualified students may then apply to switch to the research option with up to an additional full year to complete.
The course-based stream will focus on the development of conceptual thinking and analytical and interpretive skills. This stream does not demand primary research resulting in a thesis; instead students will complete a library-based major research project (MRP) of 40-60 pages (DEVS-898). The MRP will deal with a specific interdisciplinary question directly relevant to Global Development Studies. Six half courses, which must include DEVS-801* and DEVS-802* are also required under this option.
The research-based stream will follow the traditional sequence of graduate training with advanced courses and the undertaking of extensive research. Four half courses, which must include DEVS-801* and DEVS-802*, are required under this option. The research will result in the submission of a written thesis (DEVS-899) of between 75-100 pages that demonstrates the student's ability to produce original work. This option requires an application with a well-developed proposal, the support of a supervisor, and a minimum GPA of 3.7. The deadline for application is January 15. Please note: the department will make efforts to assist with funding for the second year, but cannot guarantee second-year funding.
For both streams, students may select up to two courses from related departments and programs. Refer to the Global Development Studies website for details on suggested courses. Students also have the option to undertake as one of their required courses a reading course DEVS-890*, which allows in-depth study of a specific topic.
The overall objective of the Master's program is to offer students a well-rounded perspective of development debates, with a focus on foundational theoretical and methodological concepts. Our vision values a combination of intellectual engagement and practical skills, imagining and working toward a more equitable world.