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École supérieure d’études internationales

Master of international studies



Objectives of the master's with a concentration in International Development

Students selecting this concentration will attain the following objectives:

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of international development's methods and dissemination through a multidisciplinary perspective spanning law, political science, economic science, and management
  • Perform critical analysis of development process and of practices involved in international development
  • Become aware of the interdisciplinary and multicultural nature of issues related to international development
  • Strengthen their analytical skills, develop a sense of synthesis and reasoning, as well as the ability to communicate both orally and in writing


Two types of Master's Program to choose from

Professional Master’s (research paper/internship): Professional programs consist of four semesters of coursework that include the writing of a research paper, as well as an additional semester devoted to a for-credit professional internship. During their coursework, students learn how to use concepts and research and analysis methods specific to various disciplines, and how to coordinate these different approaches in multidisciplinary seminars and the preparation and writing of their final research paper. The learning process culminates in the practical application of acquired knowledge and skills in the workplace. This final internship phase serves as a springboard to help HEI Graduates launch their careers.

Research Master’s (thesis):  The Research Master’s consists of two semesters of coursework and two semesters devoted to research and the writing of a thesis. The thesis (for 24 credits) is produced under the supervision of two professors from different departments or faculties that participate in the program. This type of classic Master’s is appropriate for students planning to do a PhD. In fact, students wishing to pursue a PhD in International Studies may select HEI’s accelerated progression option.


How the program is structured

The master’s program is structured around several key components:

  • Core courses have been developed to ensure that all students in the master’s in international studies acquire the same knowledge base. There are three or four core courses, depending on the student’s specific curriculum.
  • Elective courses allow students to acquire knowledge about subjects that they find most relevant, enabling them to put their own individual stamp on the program. There are six elective courses in the professional master’s program, and only one in the research master’s program.
  • Multidisciplinary seminars help students capitalize on their knowledge and skills to focus on a specific theme, e.g., a geographic area or a particular international issue. These seminars are reserved for HEI students and have been created specifically to foster  development of an integrated multidisciplinary approach. HEI students must complete one or two multidisciplinary seminars depending on their specific curriculums.
  • A synthesis activity serves as the capstone of each student’s academic progression. For students in the professional master’s program, it consists of the research paper and internship. For those pursuing the research master’s, it involves the writing of the thesis.


Helpful documents

Your personalized study plan is available in Capsule as soon as you are registered.

Capsule, UL’s online self-service application for students,  is available here.


Detailed description of the program on the UL website


For information

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