International Development Studies

Saint Mary's University

16 months
16751 CAD/year
7564 CAD/year
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The MA in International Development Studies from Saint Mary's University, which enjoys a national and international reputation, is an interdisciplinary degree program accepting students from many disciplinary backgrounds. It is a 27-credit program with the option to do either a thesis or a Major Research Paper (MRP). Financial support is available on a competitive basis for qualified students.


The Benefits of Doing a International Development Studies at Saint Mary's University

  • The interdisciplinary MA in IDS at SMU was the first of its kind in Canada, and continues to be a leader in research and teaching in IDS.
  • The Program boasts a faculty engaged in real-world research on complex development problems, who publish widely and enjoy working with students.
  • The Program’s modest size permits greater individual student attention and supervision.
  • We have linkages with international partners who visit as participants in a renowned Speakers Series.
  • The inter-disciplinary nature of our program provides students with the opportunity to study and engage in research not only with core IDS Faculty, but with Faculty from a wide range of disciplines both outside the program as well as those associated with the program and who are members either of our Program Committee, or Adjuncts or Program Associates.
  • You will be studying in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the Atlantic seaboard of Eastern Canada, one of the most beautiful ports in the world.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dynamics of Development: Frameworks of Analysis
  • South East Asia: Contemporary Development Issues
  • Environment and Development
  • Labour and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 16 months

Start dates & application deadlines




27 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Sample(s) of academic or other written work (10-25 pages).
  • Short description of the courses taken in International Development Studies, or related courses, as well as those in the proposed area of specialization.
  • Official transcripts for all universities and colleges attended.
  • Three (3) recommendation forms.
  • A current CV/Resume.
  • Official Proof of English Language Proficiency (if required).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16751 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16751 CAD per year and a duration of 16 months.
  • National

    7564 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7564 CAD per year and a duration of 16 months.


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