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What will I learn?

The International Development Studies (IDS) programs provide students with a critical understanding of international development issues through exposure to a variety of academic disciplines, cultures, and, in the case of the Specialist Co-op program options, overseas work experience in the field of international development. The IDS programs are challenging and intended for bright and self-motivated students who are interested in both excelling academically and actively engaging themselves in the pursuit of social justice around such issues as poverty, inequality, and oppression. Students in the IDS programs take initiatives, seek empowerment, are driven to solve social and environmental problems, understand the importance of teamwork and coordination, and are responsible and accountable. They have diverse interests that span the social sciences, humanities, and environmental science, all of which are underpinned by a strong sense of social responsibility.

The IDS programs provide students with a critical understanding of international development issues through exposure to a variety of academic disciplines, cultures, and, in the case of the Specialist Co-op programs, overseas work experience in the field of international development. The specific academic objectives of our IDS programs are to:

1. Introduce students to the broad and interconnected range of issues and disciplinary approaches within the field of critical development studies.

2. Provide students with a critical understanding of development theories - their origins and purposes for addressing problems of power, inequality and oppression.

3. Stress the crucial importance of context and power - historical, social-cultural, economic, and political - when critically analyzing development theory and development practice.

4. Promote the development of strong analytical, writing, and professional skills and, where possible, experiential learning opportunities in the field of critical development studies.

5. Promote the development of a vibrant intellectual community - that includes students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and development partners -- that is committed to active involvement in the critical debates within the field of development studies and to critical engagement in development practice.

As a way of enhancing the interdisciplinary nature of the IDS programs, students are also encouraged to consider complementing their particular program in IDS with a parallel program in a related discipline. For example, those doing a Major in IDS might consider a parallel Major or Minor in any one of Anthropology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Economics for Management Studies, Human Geography, Health Studies, History, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology or Women's and Gender Studies. While not required for graduation, Specialist/Specialist (Co-op) students are also encouraged to consider fulfilling the requirements for a Major or Minor program in a related discipline alongside their Specialist/Specialist (Co-op) program.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$59,320.00 (US$ 43,017) per year
Start date

9 January 2023

Venue

Scarborough Campus (UTSC)

1265 Military Trail,

TORONTO,

Ontario (ON),

M1C 1A4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum scores required for the different TOEFL tests are: Internet-based Test: Minimum Requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Writing; Discretionary Range: total score 89-99 + 22 on Writing. Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency: A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum score required to meet our English facility requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60. Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5, and no part below 4.

For international students

Students from different countries should have qualifications equivalent to Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Six 4U/M courses, including:

  • English (ENG4U) or equivalent requirements
  • Supplemental Application Required

English Language Requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum scores required for the different TOEFL tests are:

Internet-based Test:

Minimum Requirement: total score of 100 + 22 on Writing

Discretionary Range: total score 89-99 + 22 on Writing

Cambridge Assessment English C1: Advanced or C2: Proficiency: A minimum overall score of 180, with at least 170 in each component.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): The minimum score required to meet our English facility requirement is an overall score of 70 and no part below 60.

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST): The minimum requirement is a total score of 4.5, and no part below 4.

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

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