University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

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International Development Studies

University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

Field of Study:Development Economics and International Development
Length:4 Year(s)


The Guelph Institute of Development Studies offers a PhD Collaborative Specialization in IDS that is a first of its kind in Canada. IDS links together discipline-based PhD programs to provide a focal point for advanced research on international development issues. Based on the experience of faculty advisors in key collaborating departments, the program focuses on issues arising in international political economy, food security, environment and development, and other interdisciplinary cutting-edge topics in development.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Students enter IDS through a collaborating department with a PhD program such as Sociology; Geography; Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics; Economics; Engineering; etc. In addition to meeting specific departmental admission requirements, IDS applicants are expected to have a strong background in the social sciences, experience in development research and/or development practice, and a stated research interest relating to international development. All students seeking to enter the collaborative IDS specialization should indicate in their applications specifically why they are interested in development studies.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 13, 2022