Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Important Information for International Students

Due to the constraints caused by the Covid pandemic, applicants for a September 2021 entry must secure a firm supervisory commitment from a DEVS faculty member prior to applying.  

The Department of Global Development Studies is only able to accept one international student per year.  Funding for international graduate students is extremely limited, competition is very strong and the available funding will not cover all expenses. International tuition and student fees are approximately $15,000 per year and students would be required to pay tuition fees and living expenses. International students applying to a graduate program in Global Development Studies are strongly encouraged to seek funding from government ministries and educational agencies in their home countries. If accepted, it is the responsibility of the student to provide proof of funding and apply for a visa and study permit.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are uncertain whether you would be a competitive applicant or if you meet the requirements for applying to a graduate program in Global Development Studies, we are happy to advise you before you submit the online application. Please email the Academic Programs Assistant with a brief description of your research interests along with a copy of your transcript. 

To be competitive, applicants must:

  • Have a recognized four-year undergraduate program or MA degree in a social science field such as political studies, sociology, geography, economics, gender studies, environmental studies, or aboriginal studies. Business administration is not considered a relevant degree.
  • Have obtained a first-class standing (a minimum of an A or 85% average) in their last two years of study.
  • Have a research interest in a specific development theme that matches the Department’s core faculty research interests. Please be sure to clearly indicate in your online application why you consider DEVS to be a good fit to pursue development research in your area of interest and which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with as a supervisor.  For September 2021 entry, a firm commitment from a DEVS faculty member needs to be secured for your application to be considered.
  • Email a sample of academic writing, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages), in PDF format to the Academic Programs Assistant
  • Applicants applying to the MA program as a second MA degree need to clearly state in their application why they wish to pursue a second Master's degree

Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied at an English-language university within the last 12 months must submit a certificate of English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) as part of the formal application process. For more information, please visit How to Apply in Five Steps and click on Step 3B - Provide English Language Test Results (if applicable).

Please note that only the School of Graduate Studies can grant an exemption to the English language proficiency requirements. These requests should be directed to the Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies. 

Here are some helpful links for international students: