2014/15 Program

International Development

Our Program

This program is designed for people who want to see the world and make a difference within it. In one year, this program provides the skills, knowledge and experience required to identify, grow, develop and manage international development, disaster relief and humanitarian aid projects anywhere in the world. Management skills, leadership, courage and compassion are needed to excel in this challenging career. Graduates will find themselves in some of the most difficult environments in the world for long periods of time – far from familiar services and technology. Faculty are chosen for their expertise and experience in international development – most continue to work with numerous international non-government organizations (NGOs) while teaching at Humber part time.

Your Career

Agencies such as the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and government development agencies are in need of skilled individuals to manage their global programs. Similarly, global catastrophes, disease, poverty and injustice create an enormous need for humanitarian assistance and for the people who can deliver it.

The International Development postgraduate 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 these options may include:

  • technical education specialist in Mali
  • grant manager responsible for Latin America based in Ottawa
  • field food security officer for World Food Programme in Ivory Coast
  • gender advisor to a major donor agency based in Washington, D.C.
  • director of advocacy based in Geneva
  • emergency response officer in the Middle East.

The potential is limitless and management skills are critical.

Work Placement

Students are able to gain industry experience, and build their 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.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber works closely with agencies such as World Vision, Plan Canada (formerly Foster Parents Plan) and many others.

Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • All applicants will be required to submit responses to a detailed questionnaire, which is sent by email to applicants
  • Computer literate with the ability to use word processing software and the Internet for research
  • If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


The 2014/2015 fee for three semesters is

  • domestic $8,563.74
  • international $21,312.50.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year. 

Fees are subject to change. For further information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
BUS 5012 Introduction To Development
BUS 5013 Management Skills for International Development
BUS 5014 Project Design And Planning
BUS 5015 Management Information Systems
BUS 5016 Communication Skills for Managers
GEOG 5000 World Geography and Cultures

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
BUS 5501 Issues in International Development
FIN 5502 Financial Management
MGMT 5503 Operations Management
BUS 5504 Project Management: Sectoral Studies
BUS 5528 Humanitarian Assistance
BUS 5506 Project Design and Planning: Simulation

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
BUS 5025 Special Topics in International Development
BUS 5026 The Canadian Development Context
WORK 5017 Career Orientation
WORK 5018 International Development Project Placement
BUS 5027 Project Monitoring and Evaluation