Collaborative Specialization in International Development Studies

International Development Studies

Finding innovative solutions to global challenges

The Guelph Institute of Development Studies (GIDS) works toward the advancement of viable solutions to international development challenges by applying knowledge and innovating current development practice.

If you want to develop as a global citizen and produce research with a broader impact, add the collaborative specialization in international development to your graduate studies at the University of Guelph.

How does the International Development specialization work?

Students add the IDS specialization through a collaborating department that they choose according to their educational background, research interest and work experience.

Grad students in the following programs have collaborated with IDS:

  • Capacity Development and Extension
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
  • Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • Plant Agriculture
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Issues Anthropology
  • Rural Planning and Development
  • Sociology

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You must meet the specific admission requirements of your selected collaborating department.
University of Guelph general admission requirements.

If English is not your first language, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test.

IDS Requirements

It is recommended that master's program applicants have completed:

  • one undergraduate course in economics (preferably micro-economics)
  • one other undergraduate course in a social science discipline (Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science or International Development)
  • one course in social science research methods (qualitative or quantitative)

PhD program applicants should have a strong background in the social sciences, experience in development research and/or development practice, and stated research interests relating to international development.


The University of Guelph offers many resources to financially support graduate students. Explore your options on the Graduate Studies website.

Help to fund your graduate studies by taking advantage of Entrance Awards related to International Development Studies.

New full-time doctoral students who are accepted at the University of Guelph are guaranteed funding. Stipends for master's students are offered at the discretion of the home department.

International Development Career Paths

Our graduates hold positions in government in Canada and abroad with NGOs, international organizations and private consultancies.

Take the next step

Start the application process and explore options for funding your education.