Our program welcomes you to a site of critical interdisciplinary social science.

Graduate Development Studies at York

An interdisciplinary approach to the possibilities within international development
An Information Session about our MA program
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
2:30–4:30 in 701 South Ross

Refreshments will be served

Graduate students in our 5-term MA enhance their knowledge through a carefully-crafted program offering rigorous academic training, practical field research and professional development.

For further program and contact information, please visit us at: dvst.gradstudies.yorku.ca

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Good Morning Ethiopia

In a small village in rural Ethiopia, Helen Claire Andrus (a York Development Studies graduate student) discovered the pedagogical and community-building potential of radio. She discusses how radio is used to spread important information to rural farmers, and her own work studying the practice of photography by development organizations. Read "Listening together: Radio helps empower a family and the community" by Helen Claire Andrus — farmradio.org/listening-together

Twongere Umusaruro Cooperative members, Rwanda (2016)

From our Community to Yours

All images on this website were taken by students and faculty members on their respective fieldwork experiences in various corners of the globe. We invite you to explore our program further to learn more about our supportive and engaging community.


A Life-Changing Experience

The Master’s in Development Studies provides students a home for an intellectually rewarding academic experience that fosters interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research on the multi-dimensional processes of socio-economic, political and cultural developmental changes in the Global South. Its novel interdisciplinary curriculum examines theories and practices of development that join theoretical learning to proficiencies in practical research and place-based knowledge.

photo of men grinding corn

Rural workers grinding corn, Arusha region, Tanzania. Photo by Leon Liberman, (2016).

Facilitating Positive Change

In focusing on the key conceptual, analytical and practical agendas in contemporary development research, it provides students with possibilities for development praxis through encouraging opportunities to learn about the relationships between theory and practice through hands-on fieldwork and research experience in the Global South.