About SID

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In the Heller SID program, you’ll join a thriving community of researchers, professors, students and alumni dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Some of the key levers of change include:

  • income generation through entrepreneurship and access to credit
  • broadening access to healthcare and education
  • addressing inequality and injustice and promoting ethical principles and human rights
  • reducing environmental devastation, and
  • improving governance and human rights guarantees, especially for women and girls and marginalized groups.

The World Needs You More Than Ever

In many regions, substantial progress has been made, but enormous challenges remain: 1.2 billion people in the world still live 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.

A Flexible, Customizable Masters Degree

Every Heller student arrives with the drive to solve a specific problem, or serve a particular community. We believe your graduate education should give you options: to dig deep into specific topics, to gain experience on the ground, or to combine your studies with another field. That’s why we offer four different program track options and six dual and joint degree options.

Cutting-Edge Educational Resources

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.