Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Important Information for International Students

The Department of Global Development Studies is only able to accept one international student per year. In addition, funding for MA students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents is extremely limited and competition is very strong  and available funding will not cover all expenses. Please note that international tuition and student fees are currently $14,633.76 per year, which does not include living expenses. International students applying to the MA 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 meet the requirements for applying to the MA Program in Global Development Studies, we are happy to advise you before you submit the online application. Please email the Graduate Assistant with a brief description of your research interests and a copy of your transcript. 

To be competitive, applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must:

  • Have a recognized four-year undergraduate program 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 match the Department’s core faculty research interests. Please be sure to clearly indicate in your online application why you consider the Department 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
  • Email a sample of academic writing, preferably a short research essay (approximately 10 pages) in PDF format to the Graduate Assistant as part of their application. 
  • Clearly state in their application why they wish to pursue a second Master's degree (for applicants who have already earned a 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 3 - Check for Any Testing Requirements.

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: