Education programs

Our campus programs at StFX University in Antigonish include our flagship 20-week Diploma in Development Leadership, spring and fall certificates and other specialty programs.

Apply as early as possible to be considered for scholarships.

Diploma in Development Leadership
For leaders in development who are seeking community-based approaches to address contemporary challenges and opportunities.

Action Research for Citizen-Led Change
For experienced development practitioners who are interested in developing a critical awareness of research practice in order to inform decisions about applied research design and practice for citizen-led development.

Advocacy: Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency
For new and/or experienced advocacy and development practitioners who work with human rights and social justice organizations, primarily in the global South.

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development
For senior practitioners and policy-makers from NGOs, donors, universities, and the private and public sectors who work in domestic or international development

Citizen-Led Accountability, Strategies and Tools (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
For practitioners from civil so­ciety organizations and social movements, as well as staff from government, development agencies or the private sector, who are engaged in governance, public services, human rights, advocacy and/or account­ability work

Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
For community leaders passionate about building cultures of peace

Community Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion
For mid-to-senior-level practitioners from NGOs and financial cooperatives engaged in community-based approaches in microfinance

Community Development Leadership by Women
For women who are leaders and those who aspire to ignite their leadership potential to journey the leadership road.

Facilitation and Training Approaches for Community Change
For experienced facilitators and trainers, and those who do a significant amount of facilitation in their work, who want to explore new theories, principles, and practices in participatory adult education and training approaches.

Learning Organizations and Change
For development practitioners who are responsible for the continued excellence and relevance of their organizations.

Livelihoods and Markets (Ethiopia)
Ideal for community development program officers, coordinators, and managers who are currently working with small-holder producers, supporting micro-enterprise development or income generating activities.

Re-thinking Partnerships
For those currently working in a multi-stakeholder environment and whose work could be enhanced by intentional collaboration and partnerships.

Global Change Leaders
This program is targeted to emerging women leaders from developing countries who are working on development issues.

Indigenous Women in Community Leadership
For First Nations, Métis and Inuit women who are committed to supporting development and social change in their organizations, communities and Nations.

Global Youth Leaders
Targeted to young leaders (20-30 years old) from developing countries who are working on development issues.

OceanPath Fellowship
For graduating full-time students from McGill, uOttawa, Queen’s and StFX universities who are 29 years old or under and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.