About Program Admission Requirements

The International Development program is offered jointly by York University and Humber College, allowing you to combine your university education with specialized, college-based training. Earn both a Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) degree and post-graduate certificate in International Development in just 4 years!

The York/Humber International Development program prepares you to work in Canada, the US or internationally as project or program officers and managers within governmental, non-governmental and private sector organizations involved in international development initiatives.

Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for the global South in the face of existing inequalities between rich and poor nations, and the political-institutional, cultural, socio-economic and ecological factors presently affecting international development.

This three-semester program at Humber College:

  • provides an overview of the challenges facing developing regions of the world;
  • introduces the types of programs and projects which address these challenges;
  • stresses the acquisition of practical and transferable management skills necessary to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate project activities and results.

You will be involved in a participatory approach to sustainable development and focus on enhancing your capacity to work effectively in cross-cultural environments. The program will provide you with the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills necessary to manage the human, physical and financial resources commonly associated with development projects.

Who can take it?

  • As a current YorkU student, after successful completion of three years in the Bachelor in Environmental Studies program at York (1 additional year of study).
  • As a direct applicant (4 additional years of study)

How to apply

You can apply to the program in one of two ways:

  1. If you began with your Bachelor in Environmental Studies program at York, you will submit an application to the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS) in December of your third year of study.
  2. If you are a direct applicant, apply to the Joint Program in International Development through York University or the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.