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Global Development Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies

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.

Entrance requirements

The BA in GDS has the same entrance requirements as the Bachelor of Arts degree at UFV. Please see the Bachelor of Arts degree entrance requirements.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions you have attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer credit section for details.
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section). This money will be applied toward tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due by the end of the second week of classes.

Basis for admission decision (non-competitive admission)

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and other costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section of the calendar. Additional fees for course field trips and Internship courses will apply to all students enrolled in Global Development Studies courses.

Program duration and total number of credits

Four years of full time study requiring a minimum of 120 credits, to include a minimum of 45 upper-level (300- or 400-level) credits.


UFV has four campuses (Abbotsford, Chilliwack (Chilliwack North and the Canada Education Park), and Mission) and three regional centres (Hope, Agassiz, and Chandigarh, India). The majority of the courses in the program will be offered on the Abbotsford campus. All students are required to complete an off-campus internship, which may be in Canada or, preferably, overseas.

Program Outline

Lower-level requirements

Course Title Credits
GDS 100/GEOG 109 A World of Development 3
GDS 220/ANTH 220 Anthropology of Globalization and Development 3
GDS 250/SOC 250 Sociology of Development — The Global South 3
ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
One of: 3
POSC 230 Comparative Politics
or POSC 260 International Relations and Global Politics
One of: 3
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
or ENGL 105 Academic Writing
One of: 3-4
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics
or STAT 106 Statistics I
or PSYC 110 Applied Statistical Analysis in Psychology
One of: 3
BUS 100 Introduction to Business
or BUS 204 Introduction to Non-Profit Management
One of: 3
CMNS 180 Intercultural Communications
or CMNS 212/ MACS 212 Introduction to Media and Public Relations
or CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing (see Note 2)
One of: 3-4
SOC 255/ANTH 255/MACS 255 Introduction to Social Research
or GEOG 252 Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods
or CRIM 220 Research Methods in Criminology
Required: Four courses of one Modern Language (see Note 1) 12
Required: BA lab science requirement (see Note 4) 4
Required: BA reasoning requirement (see Note 2) 3-9

Note 1: All 12 credits must be in one language. The language requirement may be waived for students who are able to demonstrate that they already possess at least intermediate competence in a language other than English; less than intermediate competence may yield a partial exemption.

Upper-level requirements

Course Title Credits
GDS 340/GEOG 340 Geographies of Poverty and Development 4
SOC 363/GDS 363/
ANTH 363/LAS 363
Processes of Development 4
ECON 398 Development Economics 3
SOWK 380 Community Development 3
One of: 6
GEOG 396/GDS 310/SOC 396 Canada Internship
or GEOG 398/GDS 311/SOC 398 International Internship
One of: 3-4
CMNS 360 (see Note 2) Advocacy Writing
or CMNS 465 (formerly CMNS 365) Grant and Proposal Writing
or CMNS 445 Facilitation Skills for Professionals
One of: 4
CRIM 320 Quantitative Research Techniques
or SOC 355/ANTH 355/MACS 355 Quantitative Research Methods
or SOC 356/ANTH 356/MACS 356 Qualitative Research Methods
GDS 400 (see Note 3) Global Development Seminar 4

Note 2: The reasoning requirement can be met by completing PHIL 100 or ARTS 100 or by completing CMNS 251 or CMNS 360 within the required GDS courses.

Note 3: Students must complete GDS 310/GEOG 396/SOC 396 or GDS 311/GEOG 398/SOC 398 before they can enroll in GDS 400.

Note 4: Please see the lab science requirements on the Bachelor of Arts calendar page for more information on courses that meet this requirement.

Specializations or options of the program

Students may opt to use their electives to add a minor or extended minor in another discipline.

Program regulations

Program regulations, which include continuance and probation, course repetition, re-admission, graduation requirements, and maximum length of time to complete program are the same as the corresponding program regulations for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Please see the Bachelor of Arts degree program regulations.


The residency requirement for this program is 25%: 30 of the 120 credits in the degree must be completed at UFV. 15 of these credits must be at the upper level. Transfer credits and credits earned through prior learning assessment, including course challenge, do not meet this requirement. Please see UFV's Credentials policy (64).

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students