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.
Add a Global Experience Certificate to your degree
Available as a regular program
Earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in International Development
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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Contact an Environment student ambassador to learn about their experience.
Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.
First-year courses and beyond
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
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 an International Development degree?
Graduates typically pursue careers working for non-profit organizations both within Canada and internationally – as well as in 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
Learn about the future of careers in the environment and sustainability field.
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
Available as a major and minor
Apply directly to this program on your application
Offered by the Faculty of Environment
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the International Development website
- Download our program brochure
- Email Graham Barnes, our Environment recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions about the program
- Related program
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.