Master’s program

MA in International Development and Globalization

General information and program requirements - Master of Arts International Development and Globalization


The School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) offers an interdisciplinary M.A. program in both English and French, which exposes students to a broad range of development theory, policy and practice, while also permitting specialization in one of four fields: Conflict, Transitions and Peace; Growth, Private Sector and Social Inclusion; Livelihoods, Resources and Sustainability; and Social Movements, Equity and Human Rights.  Students have opportunities for hands-on practice through Co-op and international internships, as well as for networking with development policymakers and NGOs in the federal capital.

Your M.A., Your way. You may complete the MA in International Development and Globalization by any of the following three tracks:

Co-op for job experience

It is possible to combine any of these tracks (Thesis, MRP, Coursework) with paid Co-op placements that provide crucial job experience in the governmental and non-government organization (NGO) sectors.

Practical skills for international development. Students may take courses within the general requirements for the degree in order to obtain the following certification:

  • Concentration in Development Practice

In collaboration with the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies we offer the following joint-program:

  • Specialization in Women’s Studies

International Internships possible with internationally based NGOs, and international organizations

A fast-track option from the Master’s (M.A.) to Doctoral (Ph.D.) program is available.

PhD program

PhD in International Development

General information and program requirements - Doctorate in Philosophy International Development


The School of International Development and Global Studies offers an exciting interdisciplinary PhD program in International Development. Located in Canada's capital city, the school has strong linkages to federal government departments, research institutes, policy think tanks, and a wide array of non-governmental organizations.

Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and are conducting advanced research on a variety of topics in the field of international development. This unique program features:

  • A curriculum designed to meet the needs of both young scholars continuing their academic training and career professionals motivated to deepen their expertise
  • A large faculty drawn from several academic disciplines, with exciting research agendas and extensive experience in international development.

Our PHD students become specialized in both of the following fields:

  • Development Theory and Critique
  • Development Policy and Practice

Our research and teaching strengths lie in four thematic areas:

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Graduate scholarships

School of International Development and Global Studies' students can apply to the following scholarships:

Also, as a Faculty of Social Sciences undergraduate and/or graduate student, you have access to faculty-wide scholarships, regardless of your program of study.

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Contact us

School of International Development and Global Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Building
120 University Private, Room 8005
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
Canada (map)

Tel.: 613-562-5680

[email protected]

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)


Supervisor of MA Studies
Benjamin Zyla
Social Sciences Building
Room 8007
Telephone : 613-562-5800 ext. 4865
[email protected]

Supervisor of Doctoral Studies
Melissa Marschke
Social Sciences Building
Room 8038
Telephone : 613-562-5800 ext. 4866
[email protected]