The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Dual MA in Sustainable International Development and MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

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.


SIDCO graduates work for an increasing number of development organizations which have established units to address the particular program needs in conflict areas and to ensure that their development work connects rather than divides societies. They also work as peace professionals for post-conflict programs when, beyond security, democracy and reconciliation, the tools of sustainable development must be leveraged.

Program Description

This intensive program is usually completed in 28 months. With special permission from the directors of both programs, an accelerated program can be completed in 21 months. Participants spend their first year in the SID program; may do their practicum during the first or second summer; and spend their second year in the COEX program.


First Year (32 credits)

Fall (16 credits)

Spring (18 credits)

Second Year (30 credits)

Fall (16 credits)

Spring (14 credits)


  • Three-month Field Experience

Third Year (12 credits)

Fall (12 credits)

  • COEX Field Report or Thesis with directed reading (12 credits)
  • COEX Capstone