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Graduate Certificate in International Development

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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.

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

Areas of Employment

  • Canadian or international NGOs or foundations
  • Socially driven enterprises
  • Government agencies
  • International financial institutions (working on impact investments)
  • Private sector companies including mining companies (working on corporate social responsibility)
  • Energy companies (working on environmental sustainability)
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Academic/research institutions

Visit the Graduate Certificate in International Development page on the Centennial College website for more details!

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