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International Development, Bachelor of

Ministry Title: Bachelor of International Development
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Program Code: 22251 Credential: Honours Degree Program Length: 8 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Bachelor of International Development degree program is an interdisciplinary program that provides you with a solid theoretical foundation in sustainable 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 - countries of the global North and South - 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

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Fall semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

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

  • Demonstrate critical thinking in relation to international development policy and practice.

  • Analyze international development through a variety of disciplinary lenses.

  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of various actors within the field of international development.

  • Design, plan, implement and evaluate international development projects using a variety of methodologies.

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

  • Implement effective management of key financial, information and other resources associated with international development projects.

  • Exercise initiative, personal responsibility and accountability in personal, professional and group contexts related to international development.

  • Analyze cross-cutting themes of gender and environmental sustainability and their effects on international development projects.

  • Communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

  • Critically analyze the practical and ethical implications of doing international development work across borders and cultures.

  • Critically examine political, social and economic behaviours of various societies and their impact on sustainable international development.


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Work Placement

The 14-week/420-hour work placement is from May to August following Semester 6. A placement advisor will support your efforts to find a position that fits your academic and career goals. Your placement will give you the opportunity to explore the field of international development, as well as gain the hands-on, real-world experience that employers value.  We will work with employers and our partners to help you identify the best opportunities to pursue.

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.

Career Paths of International Development Graduates in Canada

What path will your career take after graduating with a degree in International Development Studies?

Follow the link to view the results of a recent study of more than 20 International Development Studies programs in Canada, including Humber’s, and see what recent graduates are up to. Be sure to watch the video, too!


International Development Week 2016 Video Showcase

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IDW OPENING CEREMONIES

IDW NGO Marketplace Video

IDW NGO MARKETPLACE

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IDW PANEL A RIGHT TO WATER

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IDW TRIVIA SMACKDOWN

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IDW PANEL THE MYTH OF WATER ABUNDANCE IN CANADA

Our Professors

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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Abena Kai Thomas

MPH (Public Health) – University of Alberta
BSc (Health Sciences and Biochemistry) – McMaster University
Professor

Alana Mascoll

MBA – Centenary College, USA
Graduate Certificate (International Project Management) – Humber College
BA (Gender Studies and Political Science) – University of Toronto
Professor

Aqeela Tabassum

PhD (Economics) - York University
MA (Economics) - York University
MSc (Economics) - International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Professor

Elinor Bray-Collins

PhD (Political Science) – University of Toronto
MA (Adult Education) – University of Toronto
BA (International Development Studies) – University of Toronto
Professor

Ewa Kowalski

PhD (Comparative, International and Development Education) – University of Toronto
MA (Comparative, International and Development Education) – University of Toronto
MA (English Philology) – University of Wroclaw, Poland
Professor

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
Professor and Program Coordinator

Nidhi Tandon

MSc (Agrarian Economics) – University of Sussex, UK
BA (Economics) – University of Sussex, UK
Professor

 


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Your Career

International project manager, international logistics manager, international program co-ordinator, rural or northern community development officer, international program development officer, gender specialist, grant writer, researcher – these are all careers you can pursue as a graduate of our program. The program gives you 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, Eqwip Hubs, WUSC, 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.

Program Availability

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International Development Success Stories

International Development Students and Alumnae Tackle Food Insecurity

International Development Students and Alumnae Tackle Food Insecurity

Mon, August 17, 2020

A group of young women from the International Development program are running GlobalMedic’s domestic food security initiative out of Humber.

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Zensurance Scholarship Supports Equity Seeking IMPC Students

Zensurance Scholarship Supports Equity Seeking IMPC Students

Fri, July 24, 2020

Humber's Insurance Management - Property & Casualty (IMPC) program is proud to announce the establishment of the Zensurance Scholarship.

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GARDENS Pod Project Provides Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities

GARDENS Pod Project Provides Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities

Thu, June 04, 2020

Six students from the International Development degree and postgraduate programs are participating in WIL opportunities through the Pod Project.

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Faculty of Business News

Work-Integrated Learning Guest Speaker Provides Invaluable Career Search Insight

Work-Integrated Learning Guest Speaker Provides Invaluable Career Search Insight

Mon, September 14, 2020

The Work-Integrated Learning Centre was pleased to welcome Meena Dowlwani on June 18th as part of the Summer 2020 Virtual Guest Speaker Series hosted over Zoom.

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Shopify Partnership Teaches Students How to Run a Business

Shopify Partnership Teaches Students How to Run a Business

Tue, September 08, 2020

Business students in courses BUS 2504 and FASH 4500 e-Retailing will have access to an online store with a functioning checkout as part of a new partnership with Shopify this fall.

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ORHMA President and CEO Shares Positive Outlook on the Hospitality Industry

ORHMA President and CEO Shares Positive Outlook on the Hospitality Industry

Tue, September 08, 2020

The WIL team hosted Tony Elenis, President and CEO of the ORHMA as a guest speaker for a virtual meeting with students from multiple programs.

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Business Students Excel in Global Systems Gap Challenge

Business Students Excel in Global Systems Gap Challenge

Wed, August 26, 2020

This summer 130 Faculty of Business students participated and successfully completed Humber’s Global Systems Gap Challenge.

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A Message from the Faculty of Business Senior Dean about Racism

A Message from the Faculty of Business Senior Dean about Racism

Thu, July 02, 2020

As educators, we have a responsibility to disrupt injustices, we are in a unique position to eliminate racism and bigotry within our school's culture.

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Launch Me Competition Winners Announced

Launch Me Competition Winners Announced

Wed, April 29, 2020

Congratulations to the winners who presented their final pitches on Zoom for a chance to win funding and resources to support their startups.

 

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Finalists to Present Business Ideas Online for Launch Me Competition

Finalists to Present Business Ideas Online for Launch Me Competition

Wed, April 01, 2020

The Launch Me Competition provides aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop and present their business ideas at a live pitch night.

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Humber at Home

Humber at Home

Wed, April 01, 2020

As we adjust to working and learning at home, it’s important to stay connected to each other.

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Toastmasters Practice Public Speaking Skills Virtually

Toastmasters Practice Public Speaking Skills Virtually

Tue, March 31, 2020

The Toastmaters Club, spearheaded by International Business Professor Alain Londes, held their weekly meeting on Zoom.

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Ministry Consent

Humber College has been granted a consent by the Minister of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting August 22, 2019. Humber College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    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 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 required to complete a math equivalency course during their first semester 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

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    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,210.12
  • international: $17,840.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

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

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

MBA

For those students who complete a 4 year degree at Humber, Davenport University will recognize the student's entire completed bachelor's degree. In order to meet Davenport University residency and program requirements students must complete the minimum number of credit hours in their chosen masters degree program with Davenport University. Completion of your masters degree will depend on how many courses a semester you are able to take. Students must meet all admission requirements to be accepted in the master's degree program of their choice.

 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.

Master of Management

For those students who complete a 4 year degree at Humber, Davenport University will recognize the student's entire completed bachelor's degree. In order to meet Davenport University residency and program requirements students must complete the minimum number of credit hours in their chosen masters degree program with Davenport University. Completion of your masters degree will depend on how many courses a semester you are able to take. Students must meet all admission requirements to be accepted in the master's degree program of their choice.

 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.

MBA Strategic Management Concentration

For those students who complete a 4 year degree at Humber, Davenport University will recognize the student's entire completed bachelor's degree. In order to meet Davenport University residency and program requirements students must complete the minimum number of credit hours in their chosen masters degree program with Davenport University. Completion of your masters degree will depend on how many courses a semester you are able to take. Students must meet all admission requirements to be accepted in the master's degree program of their choice.

 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.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

John Lewis, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3307
john.lewis@humber.ca

business.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. 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 ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre

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