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.
SID electives, 4-8 credits (Fall)
Choose one required course from the following categories:
Environment and Ecology (Fall or Spring); Economics (Fall or Spring); Gender and Sexuality (Fall or Spring)
SID electives, 8-12 credits (Spring)
Professional Workshops (Fall and Spring)
Proseminars (Fall and Spring)
Capstone Presentation attendance (Spring)
Options for Second Year
6 months of full-time work in an approved development organization
Full-time student enrollment and advanced study seminar
Full-time student enrollment and 3-month practicum. Concentrations in Environment, Gender, Development Management or Conflict Resolution and Coexistence
Master's Paper and Capstone
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.