International Development

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Program Code: 2895

School: The Business School

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 3 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

The International Development program at Centennial College focuses on international development as the study of providing support to the world's developing populations and improving their quality of living.

If you previously earned a college diploma or university degree, you may be eligible to benefit from the unique courses in the three-semester college business program, with its emphasis on interdisciplinary and cross-sector studies.

Facilitated through the School of Business, this graduate certificate program helps you to meet the needs of this growing industry by giving you practical knowledge and hands-on experience to tackle development challenges while working in Canada or abroad. Among the critical issues with which you become familiar are:

  • Human rights
  • Poverty reduction and human development
  • Microfinance
  • Health and disease prevention
  • Education and training
  • Economic development and income growth
  • Social entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Gender and development
  • Energy and environmental sustainability
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Finance for development
  • Project management

Once you successfully complete the International Development program, you become a general development professional and will be able to seek employment in a wide variety of institutions. International development professionals work in every country in the world to address crucial issues in developing communities.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
INTD-702 Poverty, Inequality and Human Development Progress Campus
INTD-704 Human Rights and Development Progress Campus
INTD-705 Cross-Cultural Communications Progress Campus
INTD-706 Project Design and Proposal Writing Progress Campus
INTL-703 Comparative Geopolitics Systems Progress Campus
INTL-711 Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-701 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making Progress Campus
INTD-710 Education and Development Progress Campus
INTD-711 Global and Environmental Health Progress Campus
INTD-712 Energy and Sustainable Development Progress Campus
INTD-713 Rural Development and Global Food Systems Progress Campus
INTD-714 International Development Law Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
INTD-721 Research Methods and Fieldwork Techniques in Development Progress Campus
INTD-722 Microfinance for Development Progress Campus
INTD-723 Gender, Development, and Public Policy Progress Campus
INTD-724 Humanitarian Assistance and Service Delivery Progress Campus
INTD-726 Project Monitoring and Evaluation Progress Campus
INTL-710 Corporate Social Responsibility and International Development Progress Campus

Semester Note

Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C Grade average) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • International Development program faculty members have extensive industry experience and many hold PhD credentials.
  • You learn to manage a project cycle through problem identification, analysis, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • As courses are designed to utilize case studies and real-life examples, emphasis is placed on practical applied studies.
  • Seasoned international development practitioners are invited to lead course lectures, allowing you to benefit from their wealth of experience.
  • Once you graduate, you receive support to pursue a domestic or an international internship. Priority is given to finding employment in the developing world. Possible study tours in select developing countries provide valuable experiential learning.

Career Outlook

  • Program/project coordinator
  • Economic development officer
  • Social development specialist
  • Corporate social responsibility manager
  • Research officer
  • Program/project director
  • Aid/development worker
  • Fieldwork facilitator
  • Monitoring and evaluation officer

Academic Requirements

  • University degree or a three-year college diploma in any discipline from a recognized institution
  • We will consider applicants who have a two-year college diploma or a partial university degree (75% complete), and who have a minimum of two years work experience relevant to the program
  • Proof of English proficiency

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,648.00 $1,061.00 $5,709.00
International $13,283.00 $2,344.00 $15,627.00