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What will I learn?

Learn to tackle issues of economic inequality, social injustice, and environmental change. Build capacity to solve problems at the local level. We’ll give you lots of tools to put in your toolkit, including business skills, problem solving, cultural understanding, economic development, social accounting, and more.

Meanwhile, adding some environmental studies, social sciences, and language courses will strengthen your adaptability and thinking skills. You’ll graduate knowing how to design development projects that are ethical, environmentally sustainable, culturally responsible, and scientifically accountable.

What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take a mix of courses in International Development, Economics, Geography and Environmental Management, and Planning.

Customize your degree

You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

What can you do with a degree in International Development?

Graduates have found careers working for various non-profit organizations both domestic and international, education and research, policy development, and more.

Recent graduates

  • Development Coordinator – Partners in Health Canada
  • Marketing and Communications Officer – MEDA
  • Environmental Advisor Intern – CNCR
  • Project Coordinator – Uponor
  • Local Immigration Partnership Officer – Warden Woods Community Centre
  • Special Projects Coordinator – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
  • Coordinator, WE Day Retail Operations – We Charity

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Environment

Study options

Full Time (3 to 4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$42,000.00 (US$ 31,646) per year
Approximate tuition fees: CAN $42,000-$43,000; Co-op fee: CAN $739/term
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Environment

Environment 1 (EV1), room 347,

WATERLOO,

Ontario (ON),

N2L 3G1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements: MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 85,80 per section For co-op programs: speaking 3; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment: 70, 60 per band, Writing 70,Speaking 70; PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English: 63, Writing 65, Speaking 65; EFAS - English for Academic Success: 75% overall in 400 level with 75% in each of academic, oral, and writing.

For international students

Applicants must have completed an Ontario high school diploma or equivalent.

  • Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
  • Any Grade 12 U English (final grade of 70% is required)

Admission average: Low 80s

English language requirement:

  • Internet - based TOEFL (iBT) - 90 overall; 25 writing, 25 speaking.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall; 6.5 writing, 6.5 speaking, 6.0 reading, 6.0 listening.
  • MELAB: 85 overall; 80 per section; if you're applying to a co-op program: 3 speaking.
  • CAEL: 70 overall; 60 per band; 70 writing, 70 speaking.
  • PTE Academic: 63 overall; 65 writing, 65 speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

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