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Queen's University

Department of Global Development Studies

Who Should Apply to the DEVS MA Program?

  1. I'm looking for an academically oriented, research-based program in development studies.

    The DEVS MA program is academically oriented: its primary goal is to provide students with important conceptual tools and knowledge for undertaking academic research in the broad field of development studies. Our program is therefore not designed for students seeking direct professional training in development administration and/or practice. Our graduating students have gone on to a range of professions, including further academic studies and/or careers in government, law, media, social justice and NGOs, international business and other fields.
  2. I have an academic background in the social sciences or have pursued coursework in the social sciences.

    Global development studies is a social science field and the core courses we offer are based upon social science approaches. As such, we require a minimum of a B+ average in the last two years of study from a recognized four-year undergraduate program (or equivalent) in a social science field or discipline relevant to the area of development studies. Relevant degrees include development studies, politics, sociology, geography, economics, gender studies, environmental studies and aboriginal studies. Students with humanities-based backgrounds – for example in history, film, religion and literature– may also be suitable candidates provided they have pursued course work in social science fields during their degrees. Students from traditionally unrelated fields (such as engineering, education or nursing) may also be considered for admission if they have completed sufficient course work in relevant social science fields. For more information, please contact the Graduate Assistant.
  3. My research interests coincide with the Department’s core strengths.

    We do not expect students to enter the MA program with an established research project, but rather we expect you to have a keen interest in exploring research in some specific development themes. If you are keen to pursue research on a specific topic, you should examine the range of faculty we have in Global Development Studies to be certain that we have suitable expertise to help you conduct research in that areas. More broadly, our core courses are organised around two themes:

    (1) political economy of development
    (2) the cultural politics of development

    We supplement these with a range of topics courses that change from year to year. When applying, please be sure to
    clearly indicate in the Statement of Interest section on your online application form why you consider Global Development Studies at Queen’s a good place to pursue development research in your main areas of interest.  

How are admissions decisions made?

Entry into our program is highly competitive. We are looking for students who demonstrate strong research potential, are a good fit with our areas of expertise and who fall within our areas of supervisory capacity. The Admissions Committee closely reviews statements of interest, transcripts and academic letters of reference to determine the most qualified and suitable candidates. While we run an academically-oriented program, additional selection criteria may include experience in practical development or community-oriented programs and written and/or spoken language skills other than English (particularly languages spoken in the global South or in aboriginal communities in Canada). 

    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000