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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.View Credentials
MPH (Public Health) – University of Alberta
BSc (Health Sciences and Biochemistry) – McMaster University
MBA – Centenary College, USA
Graduate Certificate (International Project Management) – Humber College
BA (Gender Studies and Political Science) – University of Toronto
PhD (Economics) - York University
MA (Economics) - York University
MSc (Economics) - International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
PhD (Political Science) – University of Toronto
MA (Adult Education) – University of Toronto
BA (International Development Studies) – University of Toronto
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
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
MSc (Agrarian Economics) – University of Sussex, UK
BA (Economics) – University of Sussex, UK
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.
This program is not available for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.
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International Development Success Stories
ACCA Accredits Accounting Programs at Humber
Fri, February 28, 2020
Humber's Faculty of Business Accounting programs were newly accredited with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Fundraising Management Students Welcomes Guest Speaker
Thu, February 27, 2020
Fundraising Management students received the opportunity to learn from Susan Hallsworth, Partnership Director at LEAP.
Wawanesa Day at Humber
Wed, February 26, 2020
Insurance Management program students took part in an exciting Wawanesa Day event at the Barret Centre for Technology Innovation.
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Faculty of Business News
Business Professors Share Innovative Teaching Methods at League for Innovations Conference
Thu, March 05, 2020
Business Professors, Farah Jamal Karmali and Hanadi Alnawab joined a team of colleagues to participate in the League for Innovations Conference.
Students Attend TJX Canada Home Tour
Fri, February 07, 2020
On February 6th, TJX opened its doors to students and members of the Work-Integrated Learning Centre for their Home Tour event.
The Faculty of Business Celebrates Student Success
Wed, February 05, 2020
The annual Scholarship Celebration was held at the Barrett CTI, with over 200 students, faculty, staff, and donors in attendance.
Students Receive Resume Tips From Recruitment Specialist
Mon, February 03, 2020
On January 29th, the Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Centre hosted Saiyaf Alli, National Talent Acquisition and Sourcing Lead from Desjardins.
Saiyaf conducted a resume workshop for over 120 postgraduate students who are searching for work-integrated learning opportunities. The workshop involved a presentation on resumes with a focus on common errors to avoid. Students were engaged, asked questions and had the opportunity to meet with Saiyaf for resume reviews.
CfE Supports Nutrition Students with their Entrepreneurial Ventures
Fri, January 31, 2020
Students from the Nutrition Entrepreneurship class were visited by the Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE).
The visit helped the students learn more about starting their own business as well as the support that is offered to those who are looking at starting a business. They also learned about brainstorming ideas, how to determine if an idea is feasible and how to create a business plan.
Work-Integrated Learning Centre Participates in BMO Open House
Wed, January 29, 2020
On January 24th, Bank of Montreal (BMO) held its inaugural BMO Open House Event at their corporate head office in Toronto.
NKUHT Deans Attend International Education Week
Mon, December 02, 2019
For International Education Week 2019, the Faculty of Business welcomed two Deans from the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism.
Students Connect with Employers at First Annual Fall Career Fair
Wed, November 27, 2019
The Faculty of Business Work-Integrated Learning Centre hosted a successful career fair on October 29th at Toronto Grand Convention Centre.
Metro Info Session and Work-Integrated Learning Opportunities Event a Success
Fri, October 04, 2019
On Friday, September 27th, the Faculty of Business Work-Integrated Learning Centre welcomed four industry professionals from Metro.
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