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International Development

The International Development (INTD) program is designed for future professionals who are interested in creating innovative solutions to tackle development challenges around the world. The program prepares students for jobs in the Canadian and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as well as United Nations (UN) agencies. The INTD certificate may also serve as an entry to a master’s degree in a relevant field.

Quick Facts

 
Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: January, September
Tuition Fee: $23,078
Location: Toronto, Canada

The program emphasizes “a human rights-based approach to development” through which students examine the multiple dimensions of poverty, education for all, environmental protection, gender mainstreaming, and corporate social responsibility. Students of the INTD program also gain knowledge and skills related to financial management, Results Based Management (RBM), as well as the participatory approach in project design, implementation and evaluation.

If you previously earned a college diploma or university degree, you may be eligible to benefit from the unique courses in the three-semester college program.

The program provides students with opportunities to connect with international development organizations in Canada and abroad. In summer, our students are given the opportunity to travel abroad to experience the dynamic of development in the field and to further develop their areas of interest. INTD students also participate in events in Canada to learn about Canada’s unique role and practices in the larger international development context.

Program Highlights

  • International Development program faculty members have extensive experience in the NGO sector experience and many hold PhD credentials.
  • You learn to manage a project cycle through problem identification, analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • As courses are designed to utilize case studies and real-life examples, emphasis is placed on practical applied studies.
  • Seasoned international development practitioners are invited to lead course lectures, allowing you to benefit from their wealth of experience.
  • Once you graduate, you receive support to pursue a domestic or an international internship.
  • Priority is given to finding employment in the developing world. Study tours in selected developing countries provide valuable experiential learning.

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“A good opportunity to be a member of the research team to conduct research for reputed institutions like University of Toronto and Centennial College. Gained a lot a new knowledge and hands-on experience in conducting research. Learned sampling techniques and different data analysis methods.”

Sushil Anu // Performance of Existing Oil-Grit Separators (Stormceptor) and Development a New Generation of Urban Sediment-Contaminant Separators

Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Project manager
  • Project coordinator
  • Monitoring and evaluation officer
  • Corporate social responsibility officer
  • Research officer
  • Fieldwork facilitator

Areas of Employment

  • Canadian or international NGOs
  • United Nations agencies
  • Socially driven enterprises
  • Government aid agencies
  • International financial institutions (working on impact investments)
  • Private sector companies (working on corporate social responsibility)
  • Energy companies (working on environmental sustainability)
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Academic/research institutions

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