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International Development Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 16 months
    Duration
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The MA in IDS, 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.

About

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 16 months
  • Credits
    27 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • An online application form plus the $110 processing fee (non-refundable)
  • A supplemental form (if required by program)
  • Official proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  • Recommendation Forms
  • Official transcripts for all universities and colleges attended

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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Living costs for Halifax

  • 1235 - 1960 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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