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What can I do with this degree?

Pursue an engaging career

We train people to be active, engaged and informed citizens. Your IDS degree will allow you to understand many foundational elements of our society: history, economics, sociology and politics. A degree in International Development Studies provides a great background for many social careers, including:

  • Foreign correspondent
  • Teacher
  • International aid worker
  • Immigration officer
  • Economic development officer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Medical doctor
  • Lawyer

Discover what our alumni have done with their degrees
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Read our alumni stories to learn about some of the amazing things our former students have been up to since graduating from Dal.

Further your education

IDS undergraduates can pursue a master's degree in international development at Dalhousie, or a doctorate elsewhere. However, many other options are available to IDS undergraduates once they graduate. IDS is a liberal arts program that allows you to take courses offered in other programs for an IDS credit. It is an interdisciplinary program. The intellectual methods and tools of academic study in the program make it very transferable.

Many of our graduates go on to do applied technical or professional degrees in education, law, or one of the health professions. Recent graduates have gone on to do:

  • MA and Phd in International¬† Development, Geography or Sociology and Social Anthropology
  • Education
  • Law
  • Master of Public Administration
  • MBA in non-profit management
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Medicine or other health professions