M.A. in International Development Studies

Masters of International Development Studies (MAIDS)

The MAIDS, which enjoys a national and international reputation, is an interdisciplinary degree program accepting students from many disciplinary backgrounds. Admission to the program is based on academic preparation, field or professional experience, letters of reference, a letter of intent and other supporting documents.

The MAIDS program has two streams. The normal stream consists of a two-year program of graduate courses and a thesis. The accelerated stream, for those holding a BA (Hon) in IDS, consists of a one-year program of courses and a thesis. Both streams are designed so the student may graduate in October of the last year of the program. Financial support is available on a competitive basis for qualified students.


Areas of Specialization

  • political economy of development (theory)
  • environment and development
  • trade and development
  • labour and development
  • education and development (including approaches to these areas such as gender, political ecology, trade justice, and political economy of labour).

The Benefits of Doing a MAIDS at Saint Mary’s

  • The interdisciplinary MAIDS at SMU was the first of its kind in Canada, and continues to be a leader in research and teaching in IDS.
  • The Program boasts a faculty engaged in real-world research on complex development problems, who publish widely and enjoy working with students.
  • The Program’s modest size permits greater individual student attention and supervision.
  • We have linkages with international partners who visit as participants in a renowned Speakers Series.
  • There is a program of distinguished visiting professors of international reputation participating in a DVP Seminar, and the opportunity of discussing and working with our resident Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dr. Walden Bello.
  • You will be studying in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the Atlantic seaboard of Eastern Canada, one of the most beautiful ports in the world.

Admission Requirements

  • Category 1— Honours bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a minor in International Development Studies or a relevant social science
  • Category 2 — Honour’s  bachelor’s degree with a major concentration in International Development Studies

Application Deadlines and Key Dates

  • International: January 15
  • Canadian and Permanent Residents: January 15
  • Program Start Date: September
  • Minimum time to completion:
    • Category 1 - 2 years
    • Category 2 - 1 year

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Program Coordinator

Dr. Suzanne Dansereau
902-420-5793
s.dansereau@smu.ca
Office:McNally South 202

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Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
902-420-5089
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