Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre

School for International Studies


Room 2403 515 West Hastings Street

Simon Fraser University

Vancouver, BC




Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-International Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The aim of the programme is to provide those students specialising in the stream on International Development with the necessary tools to understand and analyse policy implementation and outcomes in various institutional, political and geographical contexts pertaining particularly to developing countries. For those specializing in the stream on Complex Emergencies the aim is to equip students to understand and analyse the causes and processes of state failure, and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different policy approaches to the problems to which they give rise, domestically and internationally. The program will draw on detailed comparative analyses of different cases of state failure and of complex emergencies in a range of contexts. Students interested in working professionally in international development, or on problems of conflict, conflict resolution and state building, with bilateral/multilateral agencies or NGOs, with research organizations or private consultancy companies, will find the program appealing as it will equip them with the analytical skills and the contextual knowledge expected in such agencies. The approach of the program is multidisciplinary, with a focus on institutional analysis, implying also a significant engagement with the politics of development (now recognized in development agencies as being of central importance). Study at the graduate level that is required for such a formation calls for students with a strong foundation at the undergraduate level.


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International Student Requirements:

A student whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degrees were from institutions where English is not the language of instruction are required to submit English language test scores: * IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7 on the Academic Modules; or * TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based test) with an overall score of 88 or better with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, reading); or * TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign language paper based test) with a minimum score of 570 including a minimum essay score of 5; or * TOEFL CBT (Test of English as a Foreign language computer based test) with a minimum score of 230 including a minimum essay score of 5.
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