Dual Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development and Master of Science in Global Health Policy and Management

This is a dual degree

Students in dual degree programs fulfill the complete requirements for each degree, earning degrees for both programs.

This is not a joint degree. Joint degree programs are created by special agreement between programs, allowing students to fulfill a modified set of requirements. Please note that students in joint degree programs earn only one degree.


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 GHPM offers two concentrations: Health Systems or Health Economics and Analytics (STEM).

Program Description

The program requires two academic years in residence (late August to May) and a three-month summer practicum. Individual preferences will be taken into consideration when placing students into a course of study

Summary of Requirements

  1. Students must complete all required courses and a minimum of 32 credits for the MA SID degree in one year in residence (two semesters).
  2. Students must complete all required courses and a minimum of 36 credits for the MS/GHPM degree in one year in residence (two semesters).
  3. For the dual degree, students must satisfactorily complete a three-month summer practicum related to sustainable development and health.  
  4. During the second year, students must prepare a master's paper and Capstone presentation, integrating their learning from the perspectives of international health and sustainable development. The paper must be done in cooperation with a faculty advisor and reflect graduate-level scholarship representing the culmination of academic work for the dual degree and demonstrating the student's ability to synthesize knowledge and skills learned in both programs.

List of Required Courses

Subject to change according to changing academic and practice needs

SID Year (32 credits minimum)

Fall (16 credits minimum)

Spring (16 credits minimum)

Summer (12 credits)

  • Field Practicum (12 credits)

MS GHPM Year Health Systems (36 credits minimum)



MS GHPM Year Health Economics and Analytics (STEM) (36 credits minimum)

Surayyo Ilnazarova

Surayyo Ilnazarova, MS GHPM/MA SID’20 (Tajikistan)

“Pursuing dual degrees at Heller was a logical next step given my experience in public health and motivation to strengthen my ability to make a greater impact, taking on bigger projects to make larger-scale changes. I’m learning both health and development and understanding problems associated with them. Strategies to address some of the systemic causes of poor health outcomes among vulnerable communities are rooted within broader framework of sustainable development.”