MA in Sustainable International Development and MS in Global Health Policy and Management

What is a dual degree?

Students in dual degree programs fulfill the complete requirements for each degree, earning degrees for both programs.

What is a joint degree?

Joint degree programs are created by special agreement between programs, allowing students to fulfill a modified set of requirements. Please note that students in joint degree programs earn only one degree.

Introduction

The MA Program in Sustainable International Development (MA-SID) and the MS Program in Global Health Policy and Management (MS-GHPM) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, share social justice values as well as a program of study that integrates academic theory with practical, field-based methods and skills.

This dual degree program awards the MS-GHPM and MA-SID degrees to highly qualified students in 21 months that include four semesters of study in residence, a field placement, and a professional paper. Individually the MS-GHPM is normally earned in one year and the MA-SID in two years. Each program governs admission and academic requirements for its own degree.

Program Description

The program requires two academic years in residence (late August to May) and a 2-3 month summer practicum. Students can start in either program.

Summary of Requirements

  1. Students must complete all required courses and a minimum of 32 credits for the MA/SID degree in one year in residence (two semesters).
  2. Students must complete all required courses and a minimum of 32 credits for the MS/GHPM degree in one year in residence (two semesters).
  3. For the dual degree, students must satisfactorily complete a summer practicum or field placement of 2-3 months related to sustainable development and health.  
  4. During the second year, students must prepare a professional paper or project and a capstone presentation, integrating their learning from the perspectives of international health and sustainable development. The paper or project must be done in cooperation with a faculty advisor and reflect graduate-level scholarship representing the culmination of academic work for the dual degree and demonstrating the student's ability to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in both programs.

List of Required Courses

subject to revision according to changing academic and practice needs

First Year (32 credits minimum)

Fall (16 credits minimum)

Spring (16 credits minimum)

Summer (12 credits)

  • Field Practicum (12 credits)

Second Year (32 credits minimum)