We encourage all international student applicants(i.e. students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents) to fill out a Statement of Intent prior to submitting a formal application. This is because we have a strictly limited number of funded spots for international students and a high volume of applications. The statement of Intent form is available on the website in October each year, and the deadline for submission is November 30.There is no charge.
The Statement of Intent submission acts as a pre-application process. Statements will be assessed in early December and students will be contacted shortly thereafter. We will advise you as to whether we consider you a good fit with our programme. Please note that a "yes" at this point does not guarantee admission later; likewise a "no" at this point does not prevent someone from submitting a full application to the programme.
The pre-application process is intended primarily to help international students avoid unnecessary expense and disappointment. International students who can secure their own funding will be considered on a merit basis with the domestic pool of applicants. Students offered a conditional acceptance on the basis of the own funding will be required to show proof of such funding before the offer is confirmed.
We require all international students to have solicited support from a faculty member prior to applying. The active support of a faculty member, who will serve as your supervisor, is key to a successful application into the program.
If we recommend you continue your application, you will then need to submit a formal application for Master's degree in Global Development Studies. This involves completing the on-line application form, and paying the application fee (currently $105 CDN). The deadline for complete applications is January 31.
The statement of Intent process is directed to international student applicants only, i.e. those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Canadian citizens and permanent residents who hold degrees from institutions outside of Canada and the US, and who have questions as to whether their qualifications make them eligible for the DEVS MA Programme, should contact the Graduate Assistant .