Build a better world. We’ll give you the toolkit.
Learn to tackle issues of economic inequality, social injustice, and environmental change. Build capacity to solve problems at the local level. We’ll give you lots of tools to put in your toolkit, including business skills, problem solving, cultural understanding, economic development, social accounting, and more.
Meanwhile, adding some environmental studies, social sciences, and language courses will strengthen your adaptability and thinking skills. You’ll graduate knowing how to design development projects that are ethical, environmentally sustainable, culturally responsible, and scientifically accountable.
Work overseas for eight months
Gain a deeper understanding of global issues and human rights during an eighth-month field placement in Africa, Latin America, or Asia, doing anything from creating an education program at a refugee camp to promoting sustainable buying habits in Vietnam.
Create friendships for life
You’ll be part of a tight-knit community of people committed to creating a better world. You can even room and study with your classmates in the Environment Living-Learning Community.
Add a Global Experience Certificate to your degree
Available as a regular program
Earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree
International Development admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (final grade of 70% is required)
Admission average: Low 80s
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September to December
January to April
After first year
About half of your classes will be International Development courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.
View the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Available as a major and minor
Apply directly to this program on your application
Offered by the Faculty of Environment
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
What can you do with a degree in International Development?
Graduates have found careers working for various non-profit organizations both domestic and international, education and research, policy development, and more.
- Development Coordinator – Partners in Health Canada
- Marketing and Communications Officer – MEDA
- Environmental Advisor Intern – CNCR
- Project Coordinator – Uponor
- Local Immigration Partnership Officer – Warden Woods Community Centre
- Special Projects Coordinator – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
- Coordinator, WE Day Retail Operations – We Charity
While the full range of further education depends on your individual interests, these are common areas our graduates pursue.
- Political science, public policy, global governance
- Business and international affairs
- Development practice, environment and resources studies
- Global issues, policy, and human rights
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on the future of careers in business.