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Bachelor of International Development

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: 22251 Length: 8 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics (MCR3U, MCF3M, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent) minimum 60 per cent (Students who do not possess Grade 11 or Grade 12 Math at the U or M level,or who have achieved a grade below 60 per cent may be considered for admission. Students will be be required to successfully complete a math equivalency course during their first year at Humber. Additional course fees will apply.)
  • Four Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $7,446.54
  • international $14,800.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

For more information regarding fees for work terms, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Post graduate certificates and Master's degrees 

Credential Opportunity: Bachelor to Grad Cert / Masters
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Institution(s): Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University will provide Humber graduates of all four-year Bachelor degrees with  an opportunity to apply and be considered for admission to Post-graduate Certificate and Masters level studies. Graduates with Humber degrees who also meet additional admission requirements will be considered for admission to the following Masters level programs offered by Central Michigan University: Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Administration.

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Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

John Lewis
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3307



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 5 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 6 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,723.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $110.00  $110.00 


Semester 7 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 8 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of International Development degree program is an interdisciplinary degree that provides you with a solid theoretical foundation in international development studies and its related disciplines, as well as professional and technical skills in development management. The program is designed specifically to bridge the gap between theory and practice by building hands-on project management skills and capabilities. The program fosters a comparative understanding of developed and developing countries through directed study, analytical research and opportunities to travel that provide cross-cultural learning experiences.

Your core courses, in which you’ll develop professional competencies, include four streams: international development studies, supplementary disciplines, management skills and research skills.

Courses Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Describe, critically examine and evaluate the key theoretical approaches and concepts in international development.

  • Describe the interdisciplinary nature of international development.

  • Analyze international development through a variety of disciplinary lenses.

  • Identify the roles of the various actors within the field of international development and discuss the connections among them.

  • Identify and implement the project management cycle in cooperation with development partners.

  • Implement strategies to secure project funding.

  • Assume responsibility for the management of key financial, information and physical resources associated with projects.

  • Employ culturally appropriate management skills in all aspects of program and project management, from project design, through implementation, to evaluation.

  • Integrate gender and environmental sustainability issues and tools within the management of international development projects.

  • Describe the interconnections between development and humanitarian assistance and apply this knowledge to the design, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs.

  • Identify and critically analyze the ethical implication of doing international development work across cultures.

  • Examine behaviours and consumption among individuals and societies in the Global North and their impact on development in the Global South.

  • Examine and apply various qualitative and quantitative research methods and assess the appropriateness of their use.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills.


Work Placement

The 14-week/490-hour work placement is from May to August following semester six. A placement advisor will help you find a position that fits your academic and career goals. Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in career management workshops to develop successful job search skills.

The Humber Experience

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Over the 8 semesters of the program you will gain a solid foundation in development theory and build the management skills required to identify, design and implement international development projects anywhere in the world. Upon graduation you will be able to step out of the classroom and into the field in a way that contributes to positive change in the global south. Humber has chosen faculty for this program based on their expertise and experience managing international development projects under real-world conditions. Many faculty members continue to work with various international non-governmental organizations.

Three students in the Bachelor of International Development degree program are among seven Ontarian youth who received the Global Changemaker Award. Sarah Judd, Lainey Oleka and Robin Sagi received the award from the Ontario Council for International Cooperation for their work spearheading the Fair Trade Campus initiative at Humber College, increasing public awareness in ethical purchasing, and moving the campus closer to being designated fair trade.

The Humber Advantage

The International Development Institute

Humber is home to the International Development Institute (IDI), an institute with over 30 years of international development experience that brings new ideas from the field to the classroom. Projects that Humber graduates have been involved in have focused on building the capacity of Southern partner institutions in a range of sectors, including entrepreneurship, small enterprise development, microfinance, public management, applied technology and vocational education.

Initiatives and Events

IDI initiatives also include events such as the IDI Symposium held at Lakeshore Campus involving faculty, students and many key representatives from the NGO industry. Students participate in breakout sessions alongside NGOs to discuss current international development issues. International Development Week is another enriching experience held annually at Humber and organized by students. This week long event includes industry guest speakers, a marketplace developed with industry partners as well as interactive workshops and events.

Student Groups

Humm - PIRG is a public interest research group that gets Humber students involved and compassionate about local and global issues.

International Development Week 2016 Video Showcase

The Benefits of Choosing a Humber Degree


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Degrees on a Common Platform

The Business School offers a variety of Bachelor of Commerce degree programs on a common platform with pathways to areas of specializations. This gives students the time to decide on their career path while they are gaining insight into the fundamentals of business.

Scholarships and Awards

Humber offers $2,500 diploma to degree scholarships for qualified applicants. There are a wide range of scholarships and awards available to business students each year.

Degree Scholarships

A limited number of entrance scholarships are available to full-time students entering a Humber post-secondary/postgraduate program for the first time.

Our Faculty

You’ll learn from professors who hold a variety of relevant graduate degrees and have professional and practical experience in the field of international development. Most work in the field, either directly within developing countries or through international development organizations here in Canada. Placements offer professional experience where you will employ and further develop relevant competencies. 

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Asha Gervan

MSc (Comparative Politics) - The London School of Economics
BA (Political Scienc) - Trent University

TJ Grant

MSc (International Development Studies) – University of Guelph
BA (English) – University of Waterloo

John Lewis

PhD (Theory and Policy Studies) – University of Toronto
MA (Theory and Policy Studies) – University of Toronto
BA (Political Science and History) – University of Toronto

Usman Malik

MBA (Business Administration) – University of Liverpool
BA (Economics) – University of Essex

Wahab Mirjan

MBA (Cross Enterprise Leadership) – Richard Ivey School of Business
BSc (Computer Science) – McMaster University
BSc (Computer Engineering) – University of Baghdad

Kent Schroeder

PhD (Political Science and International Development) – University of Guelph
MA (Political Science) – University of Calgary
BA (Political Science) – University of Lethbridge
Professor and Program Coordinator

Nidhi Tandon

MSc (Agrarian Economics) – University of Sussex
BA (Economics) – University of Sussex



Your Career

International project manager, international logistics manager, international program co-ordinator, rural or northern community development officer, international program development officer, grant writer, researcher – these are all careers you can pursue as a graduate of our program. The program ensures you will have the necessary skills and tools to work in a wide variety of international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank or Asian Development Bank; non-governmental organizations like World Vision, CESO|SACO, Save the Children Canada and Right to Play; government agencies such as Global Affairs Canada; entrepreneurship or economic development agencies; and businesses that focus on international development and management such as Agriteam Canada.

Professional Accreditations

Humber is home to the International Development Institute (IDI), which was established in 2003 as one of the college’s Centres of Excellence. The institute works closely with Humber’s International Development degree and postgraduate programs to provide opportunities that bridge the gap between theory and practice, providing practical, in-the-field experience.

Past projects have included work in countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Bhutan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and Guyana.

The IDI also provides training workshops, conducts applied research and organizes conferences, symposia and guest speakers.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

Faculty Highlight

Kent Schroeder

Kent Schroeder, program coordinator of the International Development Degree, received the “certificate of appreciation” from the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, during a conference in the South Asian nation in November.

Study Abroad

Degree students may qualify for Study Abroad opportunities.

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