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The Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies (GDS) is a broadly interdisciplinary program designed to equip students with the critical academic knowledge, skills and experience required to function effectively as development professionals in Canada or abroad or to continue on to graduate or other professional studies.
In addition to learning history and theory of development processes, and analyzing current global practices, international or domestic internships provide opportunities to make contacts and build skills.
Global development is a well-funded industry: 2013 saw a new world record of USD 134.8 billion in official development assistance (ODA). And ODA is only 28% of all official and private flows from the 29 member countries of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC).
International development offers a diverse range of career opportunities in administration, research, fundraising, training, advocacy, and relief work. You could find yourself working for government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, private companies, or research institutes.
Adding specialized qualifications, such as logistics, urban planning, accounting, nursing, agriculture, or IT, to your Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies can boost your employment opportunities in international development. With substantial field experience, you may find freelance work as a trainer, consultant, or advisor.
The entrance requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree will apply to the Global Development Studies program.
View entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies in the UFV Academic Calendar.
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