Degree Requirements

The MA in Sustainable International Development program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to increase incomes, improve living standards, ensure equal rights for women and girls, and protect the environment in poor and unequal countries around the world. Our focused but flexible curriculum is designed to meet your needs wherever you are in your development career. The Standard Two-Year Track is for candidates with a minimum of 2 years of related experience.  Students are required to complete a field-based practicum assignment in their second year or undertake a second year of coursework. The Accelerated One-Year Track is for candidates with a minimum of 3-4 years of professional development experience or related field.  Students are expected to complete their coursework, submit their master’s paper, and participate in an SID Capstone event over a 12-month period.


First Year (All Tracks)



In the Fall and Spring semesters of their first year, students take required courses including economics for development practitioners, ethics and gender frameworks for development, and environment and development.  All students complete a project management sequence including planning and implementation, strategic management, and project evaluation.  Electives allow students to pursue their individual interests in these and related development areas, such as education, while building additional skills in critical thinking, analytical writing and communications, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.