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International Development Studies

International Development Studies (IDS) is a program that challenges students to explore the causes and consequences of processes that promote some individuals, communities, and nations, and exclude others.

Quick Facts

Full-time: 3 years / 4 years
Starting in: January, September
Tuition Fee: 15,240 CAD per year
Location: Winnipeg Campus, Winnipeg, Canada

Are you interested in issues of social justice? Would you like to learn, live, and work in a way that helps make society more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful? International Development Studies, offered in conjunction with Menno Simons College, will provide you with a solid education and practical skills for a meaningful and exciting career in the field of international or community development.

IDS is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to customize your university education to fit your educational and career goals. Core Courses prepare you for citizenship in an increasingly interdependent global community and encourage you to envision paths toward a transformed, just world. You will also choose courses from a number of related disciplines.

Senior students have the opportunity to apply theory and skills to real-world situations through the practicum program. This program allows you to gain personal and practical volunteer experience within a development organization in a local or international context.

This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree (3-year or 4-year) with a Major in International Development Studies. Students taking an undergraduate degree in another Major may choose to add a Minor in International Development Studies as a secondary area of interest.

Menno Simons College (MSC) is a college of the Canadian Mennonite University. It is also affiliated with The University of Winnipeg and coordinates programming with several UWinnipeg departments. International Development Studies degrees are conferred by The University of Winnipeg.

Career Possibilities

Several graduates work within Canada and overseas for both governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in fields such as agriculture, economics, education, human rights, and water purification. Many IDS graduates have gone on to master’s programs in areas such as International Development, Public Health, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Studies, or International Law.

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What our students say

“Part of what makes Menno Simons College unique is the ability to build relationships with the faculty and to be part of a community….It really enriches and reinforces the educational aspects and it feels like we’re all in a movement together.”

Brigitte Dorge, 4-year BA (Honours), double major in International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies