The MA Program in Sustainable International Development (MA-SID) and the MS Program in Global Health Policy and Management (MS-GHPM) at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, share social justice values as well as a program of study that integrates academic theory with practical, field-based methods and skills.
This dual degree program awards the MS-GHPM and MA-SID degrees to highly qualified students in 21 months that include four semesters of study in residence, a field placement, and a professional paper. Individually the MS-GHPM is normally earned in one year and the MA-SID in two years. Each program governs admission and academic requirements for its own degree.
The program requires two academic years in residence (late August to May) and a 2-3 month summer practicum. Students can start in either program.
A student can enter the dual degree program through the following pathways:
Regardless of the pathway, the student must fulfill all requirements for admission to both programs.
Students will pay tuition to Brandeis University for four semesters in residence at Heller. During the field practicum, students will pay the minimum enrollment fee for students not in residence.
Students will have an MA/SID faculty advisor and an MS/GHPM faculty advisor who will provide academic support throughout the student’s time at Heller in both programs, as required.
After all requirements are fulfilled, which would generally be in May at the end of the second year in residence, students will receive both degrees from Brandeis University. If unable to complete the dual degree, a student may opt to complete either the MA/SID degree or the MS/GHPM degree, in which case s/he would have to complete any remaining degree requirements for the individual program selected.