Degree Programs

Joint Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies


The joint Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has gained international recognition for its commitment to advancing the study and implementation of sustainable development methods and gender studies. Students of the Heller School learn to create, implement and monitor programs that improve communities throughout the globe. Currently, our graduates are working throughout the world to reduce poverty and inequality, improve health care, enhance the status of women, and conserve the biodiversity of fragile environments.

Program Description

Completion of the joint degree program requires two academic years in-residence. Students will obtain the tools needed for incorporating interdisciplinary gender studies knowledge and methodologies into their learning and research. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) provides a strong grounding in discipline-specific studies along with an interdisciplinary education in the theories, methods, and scholarship of women's and gender studies.

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.

SID Requirements - 32 credits

Core Courses - 12 credits

Environmental Course Requirement (4 credits)

Ethics/Social Justice Course Requirement (2 credits)

Gender Course Requirement (2 credits)

Electives (12 credits)

SID/WGS Master's paper

SID/WGS students have the option of writing a research paper (15-20 pages) or policy brief (8-10 pages). The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the Heller faculty and one of whom is a member of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core or affiliate faculty.


WGS Requirements - 24 credits