About SID

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We invite you to consider joining a thriving community of researchers, professionals, students and alumni dedicated to reducing poverty, improving access to healthcare and education, reversing environmental devastation, and promoting human development in poor communities around the world.

Substantial progress has been made but enormous challenges remain. The United Nations Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty was met five years ahead of the 2015 target date. Yet 1.2 billion people in the world are still living in extreme poverty, and one out of eight people worldwide go hungry. Global trends such as the spread of regional conflicts, rising income inequality, and environmental disruptions have disproportionately negative impacts on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

If you find these development challenges compelling, we urge you to consider joining the SID program. With an outstanding faculty, a global community of students, and its base in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University – renowned for its longstanding commitment to social justice – SID provides an ideal setting for young and mid-career professionals to develop a vision and model of global development that fosters equitable economic growth, social inclusion, peace and security, and environmental stewardship.

Our distinguished faculty brings extensive field experience as well as substantive expertise to their teaching and research. The curriculum offers both analytical and practical skills for students who will pursue careers in many different development specialties and types of organizations. SID also offers students the opportunity to enroll in other courses and dual degree programs based at the Heller School, at Brandeis, and in the Boston area.

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Heller Viewbook

One mission. A million motivations. The Heller viewbook outlines those graduate degree programs in which you'll develop the broad knowledge and focused skills to serve the communities you care deeply about and have a positive impact on our society.