Development Studies, M.A. | York University | Toronto, Canada
30 months
13108 CAD/year
3428 CAD/year
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The Development Studies MA program focus at York University is to provide students with a full range of conceptual and methodological tools necessary for developing a deeper understanding of current issues and challenges of sustainable human development as it confronts us in our globalizing world. 


This Development Studies MA program at York University will provide an additional opportunity for you to undertake studies in the area of graduate-level international development studies at York University. The program that follows York’s commitment to the values of social justice, equality, democracy and sustainability.

Learning outcomes

The program integrates critical theoretical exploration and practice, and incorporates contemporary discourses on development to better reflect the new realities of globalization and recent developments in the field.

You will graduate with solid grounding in the practices, processes and issues of international development.

Designed for persons who are either currently working or wishing to work in the field and will serve as an excellent foundation for those intending to complete a specialized doctoral program in development studies.

You will have the option of completing either an MA thesis or a major research paper (MRP) and one additional elective course.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Conceptual Foundations for Development
  • Research Methods for Development
  • Critical Reflections on Field Work
  • Cultural Politics of Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission to the Masters Program in Development Studies requires that applicants meet the standard maintained by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, currently a B average.

In addition, applicants must:

  • have a completed honours degree (with B average or equivalent) in a relevant humanities, social science, or related applied program;
  • submit a recent research paper or report to demonstrate your writing and research skills. The paper should be anywhere between 15 and 25 pages in length, double-spaced;
  • submit a two-page statement of interest providing evidence of commitment to advanced work in studies in development.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13108 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6554 CAD per semester during 30 months.
  • National

    3428 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1714 CAD per semester during 30 months.

Part time tuition fees:

  • National students - $857
  • International students - $3,277

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 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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