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International Development Studies

Dalhousie University

24 months
6972 CAD/year
8580 CAD/year
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The Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University aims to foster greater understanding between developed and underdeveloped societies through study, research and cross-cultural learning experiences.


Dalhousie University’s International Development Studies department is one of top development studies programs in Canada and is considered by Maclean's to be a standout program at Dalhousie.

The philosopher Slavoj Žižek said that we are living in the “end times” threatened by “four horsemen”: ecological degradation, imbalances in the capitalist system, biogenetic revolution, and severe social and economic inequities. While this might feel apocalyptic, it is a call to action.

The IDS’ approach understands that to meet the world’s most difficult challenges, one’s vision must be inter-disciplinary and global.

Potential Careers

Dalhousie IDS graduates are found across a wide range of careers:

  • International Organisations and NGOs
  • Law
  • Government
  • Teaching
  • Foreign Service
  • Medicine
  • Energy and Environmental
  • Design
  • Research
  • Advocacy

Programme Structure

Department members engage with numerous development challenges including:Indigenous social movements
  • Rural development
  • Global health
  • Sport and development
  • Activism
  • Development and democracy
  • Marxist and postcolonial theory
  • Politics of popular culture
  • Environmental justice
  • Political ecology
  • Gender and development
  • Religion and development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • The Graduate Admission Committee for IDS accepts students who have a minimum of a A- (GPA 3.7) average or higher over their last two years of full-time study in a relevant degree program, preferably an honours degree.
  • Degree granted by university of recognized standing
  • Complete the graduate application form (online application)
  • Pay $115 application fee
  • An official academic transcript and degree certificate (if degree conferral not stated on Transcripts) for each post-secondary institution attended
  • Two academic reference letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6972 CAD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 6972 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    8580 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8580 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Halifax

1235 - 1956 CAD /month
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