International Studies (MA Program)

Graduate supervisors are normally drawn from the Departments of Economics and Global and International Studies.

Paul Bowles, Professor
Fiona MacPhail, Professor
Chris Opio, Professor
Jalil Safaei Boroojeny, Professor
Heather Smith, Professor
Baotai Wang, Professor
Gary Wilson, Professor
Karima Fredj, Associate Professor
Jacqueline Holler, Associate Professor
Tristan Pearce, Associate Professor
Angèle Smith, Associate Professor
Nathan Andrews, Assistant Professor


UNBC’s innovative and interdisciplinary Master’s degree in International Studies focuses on two of the most pressing and interlinked issues of our time: Global Development and Environment. The program draws on courses from 11 different graduate programs and is managed jointly by the Departments of Global and International Studies and Economics.
Global development, broadly understood as processes that affect people(s), regions and/or countries in the Global South and northern areas including the Arctic, is examined from multiple perspectives. These perspectives include those of international agencies and civil society organizations as well as from both mainstream and critical approaches to development studies. The challenges facing the global environment and potential solutions are analysed. Interactions between global development and the environment and between local and global scales are examined.
Financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships is available to some full-time students, in accordance with University regulations.


All students are normally admitted into a course-based program. Students wishing to transfer to a thesis- or a research paper-based program may apply to do so after completing 12 credit hours and in accordance with program rules. 

Students are required to take courses which satisfy requirements in (i) global development; (ii) research methods; (iii) global environment; and (v) two elective courses. Courses may be taken in any order.

Required Courses:

Global Development: Theory and Institutions
One of the following: 
ECON 601-3Global Economy and Development
ECON 604-3Poverty, Inequality and Development
INTS 698-3International Regimes
POLS 615-3Comparative Northern Development

Research Methods
INTS 700-3Research Methods in Global Studies

Global Environment: Policies and Practices
One of the following:

ANTH 613-3Environmental Anthropology
ECON 625-3Trade and the Environment
HIST 704-3Themes in Environmental History
INTS 698-3Political Economy of Natural Resource Extraction
INTS 670-3International Environmental Policy
NRES 703-3Integrated Resource Management

Two of the following:
ANTH 601-3Anthropological Perspectives on Inequality
ANTH 604-3Comparative Study of Indigenous Peoples of the World
ECON 610-3Health Economics
ECON 611-3Cost-Benefit Analysis
ENVS 602-3Environment and Natural Resources
Issues and Ethics
FNST 606-3Indigenous Issues in International Perspective
FNST 607-3Indigenous Perspective on Race, Class,
Gender and  Power
FNST 613-3Themes in Aboriginal Women’s Studies
GEOG 603-3First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
GEOG 626-3Geographies of Culture, Rights and Power
GNDR 611-3 Contemporary Feminist Theories
GNDR 613-3Themes in Aboriginal Women’s Studies
HIST 702-3Themes in Indigenous History
ORTM 603-3International Dimensions of Recreation
and Tourism
POLS 613-3Democracy and Diversity
Additional courses from the Global Development and Global Environment options can also be selected as electives.

In addition, students are required to pass:

INTS 702-0.5 Graduate Colloquia*

*All students must complete Graduate Colloquia INTS 702-0.5 twice during their program of study.

Students then complete one of the following:

i) a course-based program by completing 9 credit hours of further graduate coursework. Students in the course-based program must complete at least 6 credit hours of coursework from the Global Development options, 6 credit hours from the Global Environment options, and have courses from at least three different subject areas;

ii) a research paper-based program by completing 6 credit hours of further graduate coursework from all courses listed above (at least 3 credit hours of which must be from the Global Development or Global Environment options) and a 3 credit hour Research Paper;

iii) a thesis-based program requiring a 12 credit hour thesis (INTS 799-12).

All course selections (and course substitutions) require Chair approval.

Application deadlines are found in this calendar under "Semester Dates" or online at:, also under "Semester Dates." The International Studies MA Program accepts students for the September and January Semesters.

For additional information about graduate admissions or to download application materials, go to the Graduate Programs website at

Updated: September 5, 2019