16 months
16751 CAD/year
7564 CAD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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Global Development Studies at Saint Mary's University is useful to those seeking employment in national and international settings, for which knowledge of global development issues, policies and practices is increasingly needed. 


Global Development Studies from Saint Mary’s University belongs to a number of international graduate research consortia which amplify considerably the scope of potential supervision for graduate student thesis research projects, and has a nationally recognized Speakers Series in which graduate students are provided with the opportunity to hear and converse with leading researchers in the field.


Employers of IDS graduates include:

  • The federal government (Canadian International Development Agency, International Development Research Centre, Foreign Affairs, Industry, Trade, intelligence agencies, immigration services),
  • Multilateral development agencies (United Nations, World Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development),
  • Parastatal corporations (non-governmental organizations like Oxfam, Right to Play, Plenty Canada, Development and Peace),
  • IDS graduates also enter professions such as teaching, journalism, development planning, public administration and business.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • International Justice    
  • Contemporary Development Planning    
  • Special Topics in International Development    
  • Field Research in Development    
  • Environment and Development    
  • International Comparative Education 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a statement that outlines the applicant’s area of interest in international development studies and any experience or studies which have prepared the applicant to pursue  graduate studies in this area,
  • a sample of the applicant’s written work,
  • three recommendation forms from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic preparedness for  graduate studies in international development, and
  • a complete curriculum vitae.
  • Honours baccalaureate undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a minor concentration in Global Development Studies or a relevant social science; or a baccalaureate undergraduate degree in addition to relevant practical experience in the field of international development. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16751 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16751 CAD per year during 16 months.
  • National

    7564 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7564 CAD per year during 16 months.

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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