Brandeis University

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Degree Requirements

The MA in Sustainable International Development program equips students with the hard skills and substantive knowledge needed to make a difference in the world.

The two-year curriculum combines academic rigor with a deep commitment to experiential learning. This unique pairing allows for various combinations of coursework and field-based internships, particularly in the second year.

First Year

Options for Second Year

Master's Paper

Students must produce a Master’s Paper and give a Capstone presentation at Heller at the end of their second year. In Spring Semester of their first year, students select a significant development problem or issue. Whatever their second year option (practicum, advanced study, concentration with practicum, etc.), students focus on their development issue throughout the second year, examining it through a field- and/or literature-based professional paper within the context of the broader goals of sustainable international development.