International Development Studies Program

Careers in Global Development:

Students receiving degrees in International Development Studies find employment working in a wide range of policy areas: climate change; community development; food security; gender rights; human rights; migration and refugee issues; global healthcare, inequality, trade, urbanization, and more. Graduates from IDS work in the public sector with local, regional, and national governments (e.g., Global Affairs Canada); in the multilateral sector with global institutions and development agencies (e.g., the United Nations, World Bank Group, OECD, WTO); in the non-profit sector with non-governmental organizations, charitable foundations, and philanthropic bodies (e.g., Oxfam, Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders, CUSO International); and in the research sector with policy organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions; amongst many more. 

A recent survey of 1,901 graduates from 14 IDS programs across Canada revealed impressive career outcomes for IDS graduates in the public sector, the private sector, academia, research groups, and non-governmental organizations. Saint Mary’s IDS alumni did particularly well. 

Saint Mary’s IDS Graduates Reported: 

94% were employed, 72.2% in full time permanent positions and 13% in full time contract positions 

The largest share of respondents reported incomes in the range of $40,000 to $59,999 (27.8%), $80,000 to $99,999 (25.9%), and $100,000 and over (12.9%) 

87% were satisfied or highly satisfied with their career trajectories 

Across Canada, IDS Graduates Reported: 

86% were employed, 52.8% in full time permanent positions and 21.3% in full time contract positions 

The largest share of respondents reported incomes in the range of $40,000 to $59,999 (25%), $60,000 to $79,999 (18%), and $80,000 to $99,999 (11.2%)

80.9% were satisfied or highly satisfied with their career trajectories

Sources:

Rebecca Tiessen and John Cameron, The Career Paths of IDS Graduates in Canada, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) and Canadian Consortium of University Programs in International Development Studies (CCUPIDS), June 2017.