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Graduate Studies in Globalization and International Development

MA Program

MA in Globalization and International Development

General information and program requirements - Master of Arts Globalization and International Development | Handbook | FAQ

The School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) offers an interdisciplinary M.A. program in both English and French, which exposes students to a broad range of development theory, policy and practice, while also permitting specialization in one of four fields: Conflict, Transitions and Peace; Growth, Private Sector and Social Inclusion; Livelihoods, Resources and Sustainability; and Social Movements, Equity and Human Rights.  Students have opportunities for hands-on practice through Co-op and international internships, as well as for networking with development policymakers and NGOs in the federal capital.

Your M.A., Your way. You may complete the MA in Globalization and International Development by any of the following three tracks:

Thesis

Introduction to the Thesis Option

Basic Requirements

A student choosing the Thesis option with the M.A. in Globalization and International Development must complete a total of 18 units (6 courses), including 4 compulsory courses + 2 optional courses + thesis.

Why Choose the Thesis Option?

The Thesis option is recommended for students who wish to develop their ability to conduct and write-up original research.  Fieldwork in a developing country is often expected by academic supervisors. 

Expected Time-to-Completion

The requirements of the Thesis option can be completed in 5-6 semesters (20-24 months), bibliography and annexes not included.  Addition of the Co-op option will normally extend the program to 24-28 months.

Co-op Option

The student may participate in the Co-op program (two placements) within the framework of the M.A. by Thesis.  However, this will add time to the program, because he/she will normally have a Co-op placement in Year 1 (Summer) and Year 2 (Winter) and be required to return for at least one semester in order to submit his/her thesis.

Concentration in Development Practice

The Concentration in Development Practice can be combined with the MA by Thesis, but the student will be required to take two extra courses, on top of the 6 normally required.  Note that you will be required to take the majority of the “practice” courses during the Spring and Summer semesters. We do not advise that the Concentration in Development Practice be combined with the Thesis option.

Suggested Progress (MA by Thesis)

View a detailed explanation of the suggested progress through the program.

Thesis Requirements

The thesis is normally between 80-100 pages long (20,000 to 25,000 words).

The student must submit a thesis proposal which will be evaluated by the supervisor and second reader.  After submission of the final version of the thesis, the student is required to defend (orally) his/her thesis to a committee of 3 evaluators.

Major Research Paper

Introduction to the MRP Option

Basic Requirements

A student choosing the MRP option with the M.A. in Globalization and International Development must complete a total of 24 units (8 courses), including 4 compulsory courses + 4 optional courses + Major research paper (MRP).

Why Choose the MRP Option?

The MRP is recommended when the student is interested in deepening his/her knowledge of a certain issue, but does not require the advanced training in research skills, or academic exposition and argumentation learned through a thesis.  Generally, students in the MRP option do not conduct field work, and can usually complete program requirements more rapidly than thesis students.

Expected Time-to-Completion

The MRP option can be completed in 4-5 semesters (16-20 months).  The addition of the Co-op option will add 4 to 8 months to the program.

Co-op Option

You may participate in the Co-op program (two placements) within the framework of the M.A. by MRP.  However, this will add time to the program, because you will normally have a Co-op placement in Year 1 (Summer) and Year 2 (Winter) and be required to return for at least one semester in order to submit your MRP.

Concentration in Development Practice

The Concentration in Development Practice can be combined with the MA with MRP.  Note that you will be required to take the majority of the “practice” courses during the Spring and Summer semesters.

Suggested Progress (MA by MRP)

View the detailed explanation of the suggested progress through the program.

Format and Evaluation of the MRP

The MRP is to be a minimum of 12,000 and maximum of 15,000 words in length, excluding bibliography and annexes.  After submission, it is evaluated by the supervisor and a 2nd reader (blind to the student and to the supervisor), each of whom will attribute a mark to the student’s work. The final mark, which appears on the student’s transcript is the average of the two marks.

Coursework (Short Duration Master's)

Introduction to Coursework Option

Basic Requirements

A student choosing the Coursework option with the M.A. in Globalization and International Development must complete a total of 30 units (10 courses), including 4 mandatory courses.

Why Choose the Coursework Option?

The coursework option is recommended when the student does not want to conduct original research or fieldwork; is aiming for a rapid completion of program requirements; and wishes to pursue the Concentration in Development Practice.

Expected Time-to-Completion

The requirements of the coursework option, including the Concentration in Development Practice, can be completed in 12 months.  Addition of the Co-op option will extend the program to 16 or 20 months.

Co-op Option

Students may participate in the Co-op Option (1 or 2 placements) within the framework of the M.A. by coursework.  However, this will add significant time to the program.  If a student wants to register to the Co-op program, we recommend the MRP or Thesis options.

Concentration in Development Practice

The Concentration in Development Practice is designed for the M.A. by coursework option.  In addition to 4 courses required for the M.A. program, you will also be required to take 12 credits (4 courses) from a list of practice-designated courses, including one mandatory course - DVM 6105 International Development Programming: Results-Based Approaches.  Other practice courses include DVM 5171 Monitoring and Evaluation, DVM 5172 Gender-based Analysis, DVM 5173 Financing for Development Initiatives, DVM 5910 Internship, and DVM 6115 Special Topics in Professional Skills for International Development and Globalization.

Co-op for job experience. It is possible to combine any of these tracks (Thesis, MRP, Coursework) with paid Co-op placements that provide crucial job experience in the governmental and non-government organization (NGO) sectors.

Practical skills for international development. Students may take courses within the general requirements for the degree in order to obtain the following certification:

  • Concentration in Development Practice

In collaboration with the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, and the Institute of the Environment, we offer the following joint-programs:

  • Specialization in Women’s Studies
  • Specialization in Environmental Sustainability

International Internships possible with internationally based NGOs, and international organizations

A fast-track option from the Master’s (M.A.) to Doctoral (Ph.D.) program is available.

Deadline: April 1st Note: Based on availability in the program, strong applications will continue to be examined and admission scholarships are available for all eligible candidates.

PhD Program

PhD in International Development

General information and program requirements - Doctorate in Philosophy International Development | Handbook | FAQ

The School of International Development and Global Studies offers an exciting interdisciplinary PhD program in International Development. Located in Canada's capital city, the school has strong linkages to federal government departments, research institutes, policy think tanks, and a wide array of non-governmental organizations.

Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and are conducting advanced research on a variety of topics in the field of international development. This unique program features:

  • A curriculum designed to meet the needs of both young scholars continuing their academic training and career professionals motivated to deepen their expertise
  • A large faculty drawn from several academic disciplines, with exciting research agendas and extensive experience in international development.

Our PHD students become specialized in both of the following fields:

  • Development Theory and Critique
  • Development Policy and Practice

Our research and teaching strengths lie in four thematic areas:

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School of International Development and Global Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 8005
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
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Tel.: 613-562-5680

dvmma@uOttawa.ca

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Supervisor of MA Studies

Paul Haslam
Social Sciences Building
Room 8039
Telephone : 613-562-5800 ext. 4169
dvmma@uOttawa.ca

Supervisor of Doctoral Studies

Joshua Ramisch
Social Sciences Building
Room 8023
Telephone : 613-562-5800 ext. 4412
edim.phd@uOttawa.ca

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