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Global Development Studies

Global Development Studies

Anti-Racism statement from the Global Development Studies

Global Development Studies fully supports the following statement from the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID):

"CASID joins in solidarity with communities around the world to act for justice for Black, Indigenous, and PoC. We recognize and condemn racism in all forms and complicity in genocide against Indigenous Peoples within institutions and society in Canada and globally".

Read the full statement here

The Global Development Studies program is now situated in the university’s new School of Social Justice and Global Stewardship (SoJust).

Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies


Bachelor's degree

4 years

Major, minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
September, January, May 

Abbotsford campus



  • Internships with international development organizations are available in Canada and abroad.
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Global Development Studies enables students to apply an interdisciplinary and critical lens to analyze and address social, economic, political, and environmental issues, inequalities, and injustices. Global development scholars and practitioners are committed to the decolonization of mindsets, institutions, and practices, equitable partnerships, empowerment, activism, and transformative impacts.  

A Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies (GDS) provides students with relevant skills, knowledge, and experiential learning experiences that can be applied to wide-ranging careers in global development, social justice, and sustainable development fields.  Some issues that you will learn about and engage with include poverty, gender inequality, sustainability, global health, climate change, refugees and forced migration, and humanitarian action. 

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar 


The Global Development Studies program provides a solid base for specialized post-graduate studies in development studies, law, media and communications, research, conflict and humanitarianism, migration, global health, economics, the environment, and politics.  

The program can lead to careers in the well-funded global development sector with governments (e.g. Global Affairs Canada), international and regional organizations (e.g. United Nations, African Union, European Union), international and Canadian NGOs and charities, private foundations, and research institutes and think tanks.

Students in the Global Development Studies program are encouraged to add minors and extended minors to their degrees to further enhance opportunities for post-graduate study and careers.


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.


This program is open to international students


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Book an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs. 


  • Explain concepts and theories of global development and how they have been applied to problems of power, inequalities, oppression, and social injustice
  • Analyze the origins and interconnectedness of global development issues using diverse interdisciplinary approaches
  • Engage in debates, dialogue, and action related to social justice and global development
  • Apply self-reflexivity, inter-cultural and ethical understandings, and a critical lens to the practice of development
  • Demonstrate competence in analysis, research, communication, and other professional skills required for the global development sector


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