We are now accepting applications for the 2022/2023 academic year.

These will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit application documents


Application deadline: August 30, 2022. 

Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis starting April 30, 2022.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have accepted an offer at one of UofT's graduate program partners (below)

  • Applicants must submit a one page essay describing why and how their interests coincide with the specialization, Development Policy and Power, as well as their CV/Resume. 

 Participating programs include

  1. M.A, M.Sc, Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Science, St. George

  2. M.A, Geography, Department of Geography & Planning, Faculty of Arts and Science, St. George

  3. M.A, Political Science, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, St. George

  4. M.A, Sociology, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Science, St. George

  5. M.A, M.Ed, Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), St. George

  6. M.P.H, Health Promotion, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, St. George

  7. M.Env.Sc, Environmental Science, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

  8. M.A, Women and Gender Studies (MWGS), Women and Gender Studies Institute, St. George *New*

Optional Preparation

  • The department will provide students interested in the proposed Collaborative Specialization with list of optional key background readings.


Specialization Requirements

  • Students must meet all respective degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the participating unit.

  • Students must meet the requirements of the Collaborative Specialization as follows:

    • IDS 1000H (0.5 FCE): a core course meeting every other week throughout the academic year involving a mix of classes covering substantive theme;

    • Attendance at a Type 1 CR/NCR reading/seminar series (course code SRM 3333H) at scheduled CCDS seminars, paired with a tailored discussion session for Specialization students (ideally led by the seminar speaker);

    • Thesis/Major Research Project: Where required by the home graduate degree program, students completing a thesis or major research paper must include substantive Critical Development Studies content. This will be verified through submission of thesis abstract to CCDS. 

In June 2020, faculty, staff and students of the DPP hosted an information session. Please watch the recording here.