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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 Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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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

Work Experience - SEM 6C

IDS 3599: Work Placement

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter 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

Fair trade Toronto Video

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
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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.

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International Development Success Stories

Insurance Management Students Connect with Employers at IIC Career Fair

Insurance Management Students Connect with Employers at IIC Career Fair

Mon, April 05, 2021

The Insurance Institute of Canada (IIC) hosted a very successful Career Fair for students in the Insurance Management program (IMPG) on March 31st.

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Financial Planning Students Win CIFP National Case Competition Championship

Financial Planning Students Win CIFP National Case Competition Championship

Mon, April 05, 2021

Every year, the CFIP hosts a Case Competition Team Challenge event inviting all post-secondary institutions across Canada that teach Financial Planning to compete in teams of three.

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Thanks to the DBSA for a Successful TechWeek

Thanks to the DBSA for a Successful TechWeek

Fri, April 02, 2021

A special thanks to Amanda Rice, Chinelo U. Umolu, Prabhavi Vashisht, Irina Gorea, and Martin Perez for making our #TechWeek2021 a huge success!

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Faculty of Business News

Guest Speaker Delivers an Insightful Session on Projects with Global Learning Collective

Guest Speaker Delivers an Insightful Session on Projects with Global Learning Collective

Fri, April 02, 2021

The Work-Integrated Learning Centre invited Campus B Program Manager and member of CEPA and the Global Learning Collective Andre Siffert to speak with students about the upcoming opportunities.

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Industry Thought Leader Gives Advice on Career Management

Industry Thought Leader Gives Advice on Career Management

Fri, April 02, 2021

Senior Vice President of CHUBB Insurance Colin Laird gave an excellent lecture on Career Management during uncertain times.

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WIL Centre Manager Discusses the Future of Internships

WIL Centre Manager Discusses the Future of Internships

Thu, April 01, 2021

WIL Centre Manager Antoniette Di Marco was recently interviewed by the Toronto Star for her current experience in helping students navigate placement opportunities during the pandemic.

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Program News

International Development Alumna Bridges the Gap Between her Passion and Career

International Development Alumna Bridges the Gap Between her Passion and Career

Wed, January 27, 2021

From a young age, Clarisse Estebar has always felt strongly about environmental and social issues and spent time volunteering to help her community.

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Faculty of Business Double Grad Excels in Industry

Faculty of Business Double Grad Excels in Industry

Wed, January 27, 2021

Jade Moore is a double graduate, combining her undergraduate in International Development with a graduate certificate in Fundraising Management.

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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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    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.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

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

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a two or three-year diploma from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80% or better will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level. Diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required. View Terms & Conditions of Degree Scholarships.

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

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

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

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

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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

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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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