Saint Mary's University - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research

Graduate Studies and Research
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS
Canada B3H 3C3

International Development Studies (MA)

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Development Economics and International Development
Description The MA in IDS, which enjoys a national and international reputation, is an interdisciplinary degree program accepting students from many disciplinary backgrounds. It is a 27-credit program with the option to do either a thesis or a Major Research Paper (MRP). Financial support is available on a competitive basis for qualified students.
Website: International Development Studies (MA) at Saint Mary's University - Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
Areas of Research: Development Paradigms: theory and practice of international development; Gender and Development; Popular Approaches to Development; Environment and Development; Enterprise and Development
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 16 Month(s)
Cost per year:
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
  • Portfolio
Supplemental Form Letter of Intent: Please expand on your areas of interest that briefly states your specific interests in pursuing International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University. Make sure and include any work experience related to international development. Please note that this letter of intent will be used in the evaluation of your application. Acceptance into the program does not mean that you will necessarily be able to pursue the exact project detailed in the letter. You are encouraged to consult the IDS Graduate Handbook available at for an understanding of our research directions. Sample(s) of academic or other written work (10-25 pages). Short description of the courses taken in International Development Studies, or related courses, as well as those in the proposed area of specialization. Official transcripts for all universities and colleges attended. Three (3) recommendation forms. A current CV/Resume. Official Proof of English Language Proficiency (if required).

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: August 03, 2018