International Development (2015/16 Program)

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Program Length: 

Three consecutive semesters, beginning in September, ending in June

Contact Information: 

Susan MacGregor
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3032

Admission Requirements

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.

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. Applicants will receive further instructions for the submission of secondary requirements following application. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Secondary Admission Requirements: 
Additional Requirements

• Proficiency in the use of word processing, database and spreadsheet software


The 2015/2016 fee for three semesters is
– domestic $8,801.04
– international $21,912.50.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

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-government organizations (NGOs) or United Nations agencies while teaching at Humber part time.

Your Career

Agencies in Canada and abroad are in need of skilled individuals to write policy, advocate to developed nation’s governments and to manage their 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.

The International Development program will prepare you for a variety of career paths. As most of the 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.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber works closely with agencies such as World Vision, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, Global Medic and many others.

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. Students find a placement with an appropriate organization with the program co-ordinator’s support. The educational foundation for the work placement is established over the winter semester.