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International Development

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 20831 Length: 3 semesters

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

  • A bachelor’s degree

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 Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenWaitlisted

The 2017-2018 fee for 3 semesters is:

  • domestic: $8,958.30
  • international: $23,167.50

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Susan MacGregor
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3032



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for International Development, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to submit answers to the following questions in the form of a 300-500 word essay.

1. Statement of Interest
What does the term “international development” mean to you? How do your interests, skills and previous activities make you a good fit for this program? How will this program prepare you for your career?

2. Travel and International Experience
Practitioners are often required to work with individuals of different cultures and nationalities and/or travel to different countries. Please describe any experiences you have had where you had to work with people from cultures other than your own and how this experience enhanced your desire to work in the International Development field.

3. Languages
The international nature of development works often requires languages other than English. Please describe any skills you have speaking, reading and/or writing languages other than English.

4. Full-time and Summer Employment
Describe recent full-time employment, if any, and summer activities for the past three summers, especially any experience with children, youth, the elderly or other vulnerable persons. Also note any extracurricular activities, including when you were involved in the activity, extent of involvement and level achieved. This document is available in alternate format upon request.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit their essay through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

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Our Program

Humber’s International Development graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who want to see the world and make a difference within it. In one year, this program provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to identify, grow, develop and manage international development and disaster relief projects anywhere in the world. Graduates may find themselves in some of the most difficult environments in the world, or they may work in developed countries changing policies to make a difference in the global south. Faculty are chosen for their field expertise and experience in international development – most continue to work with numerous international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or United Nations agencies while teaching at Humber part time.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Contribute directly to project planning and the articulation of project goals having national or regional objectives, including the preparation or modification of proposals and bids, and the negotiation of program/project elements and budgets.

  • Implement strategies to secure project funding.

  • Establish administrative systems and procedures relating to program approval processes, reporting systems, technical assistance requirements, procurement, international travel and project termination/evacuation.

  • Assist in the co-operative management with partners of specific program and project elements, including the development of implementation plans and strategies, in-course project monitoring and evaluation, and project modification as required.

  • Assume responsibility for the management of key financial and physical resources associated with projects, including planning, procurement, monitoring and reporting on progress, reviewing and revising initial plans based on in-project performance, and preparing reports for further analysis and review.

  • Demonstrate effective human resource management and labour relations skills relating to projects, including the recruitment and supervision of project personnel and effective interaction with external specialists or consultants acting under contract.

  • Perform statistical analysis in a business environment.

  • Interpret and apply national and international regulations.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of individual and corporate ethics in a business environment, and the importance of effective leadership and team-building in joint ventures based on international co-operation.

  • Communicate and work effectively in cross-cultural environments.

  • Use industry specific language to describe challenges, solutions and opportunities across the ID arena.


Work Placement

You will gain industry experience and build your international development network with an eight-week (minimum) work placement within the development sector. Many students choose to do this placement overseas. Placements are found through a combination of your interests and contacts with graduates and industry partners with the program co-ordinator’s support. The educational foundation for the work placement is established with a course in the Winter semester. This course covers creating resumés, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters, as well as covering the broad set of skills needed to be comfortable and safe working outside of Canada.

The Humber Experience

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.

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International Development Week 2016 Video Showcase

Your Career

Agencies in Canada and abroad are in need of skilled individuals to write policy, advocate to developed nations’ governments and to manage programs around the world. In addition, global disasters, conflict and climate change create an enormous need for humanitarian assistance and for the people who can deliver it.

Our program will prepare you for a variety of career paths. As most international development work is contract based, one can expect to have a variety of positions over a multi-year career. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to be:

  • liaison to the US Mission at World Food Programme, based in Rome
  • relief co-ordinator for Samaritan’s Purse, based in Calgary with frequent travel
  • communications officer for World Vision Canada, based in Mississauga
  • program manager for a major UK charity, based in Moshi, Tanzania
  • founder of their own NGO, based in Toronto and Nairobi, Kenya.

The potential is limitless.

Laveza, Nabil and Caroline

Humber International Development Postgraduate program alumni Laveza (R), Nabil and Caroline (L) work together at International Development and Relief Foundation. Here they celebrate at the Annual Gala.

Innovation Fair 2015

Innovation Fair

Students, practitioners, researchers and partners rallied at the annual Innovation Fair.

Student Success

Sabrina Rubli

Business graduate, Sabrina Rubli, was nominated at the 2015 Premier's Awards gala.

Scholarships & Awards


Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

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