School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Global Development Studies

Head
Epprecht, M.

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Taylor, M.E.

Professor
Dubinsky, K.E.1,  Epprecht, M., McDonald, D.A.1, Soederberg, S.

Associate Professor
Day, R.1, Jefremovas, V.2, Taylor, M.E.

Professor Emeritus
Lele, J.K.

Cross-Appointed Associate Professors
Goebel, A., Salzmann, A., Weldemichael, A.

Cross-Appointed Assistant Professor
Robinson, D.

Continuing Adjunct
Hostetler, M., Kumar, P., Lovelace, R.

1 - On Leave January-June 2018
2 - On Leave July-December 2017


Departmental Facilities

Study Space

DEVS MA students have a dedicated study/lounge area in Mackintosh-Corry B400 (next door to the DEVS Program Office). Carrels are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Lockable file drawers are available to store your belongings. A separate office across the hall is available for TA office hours.

Library and Research

The Queen's library system has invested heavily in its development studies holdings, allowing Queen's students and faculty access to a comprehensive range of online journals covering all facets of the discipline alongside building a substantial holding of books and monographs in the field. For further enrichment students are encouraged to explore non-degree electives such as FRST-105* (Reading French Course) and School of Graduate Studies (SGS) courses and seminars.

Financial Assistance

All students will be considered for funding from a combination of Queen's Graduate Awards (QGA), teaching assistantships (TA-ships) in the department's undergraduate courses, contributions from research grants and contracts, internal scholarships and awards, and external scholarships and awards. Stipends are typically paid in three equal instalments throughout the year.

Students are automatically considered for QGA and TA-ships when accepted each academic year.  TA-ships require up to a maximum of 10 hours a week of tutorial leadership, preparation, marking, and other duties. A normal load would be two TA-ships per academic year but this may be reduced subsequent to the initial offer.

TA-ships are regarded as both a source of funding and as an important element in the student's professional development.

Where research grants permit, or when students earn a scholarship from outside the department, an effort is made to offer top-up funding.

International Opportunities

DEVS offers an undergraduate course in the winter term on Cuban culture and society, with a summer-term component at the University of Havana in which graduate students may also enrol as a Directed Reading course.

Students may also take advantage of research and internship possibilities in the UK through the International Study Centre. The Centre is located in Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, and offers access to the vast holdings of the University of Sussex Library, very modestly priced accommodation and transportation into nearby London, and excellent networks among the UK international development scene.

DEVS faculty, meanwhile, often have major collaborative research projects underway with partners in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and in Native communities in Canada. Successful applicants may be able to link up with these global partners to facilitate fieldwork or other fruitful academic engagement.

Programs of Study

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 50-60 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.