Confront poverty and inequality. Create global community.

Heller’s Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development Program (SID) is committed to socially-just, sustainable development that focuses on addressing the root causes of poverty and in­equality in the world’s most marginalized communities. Together, our community of students, scholars, and practitioners create solutions to the most pressing global issues.

The MA in Sustainable International Development program can be completed as a one-year accelerated program, a two-year program with a practicum, or in conjunction with the SID and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies joint degree.
Curriculum and Track Options

Why Choose the Heller MA in Sustainable International Development?

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A focused, flexible curriculum to meet the development challenges of the future

Supplement foundational core courses with interdisciplinary electives or gain field experience with a practicum.

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Join a global community dedicated to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems

Our students come from dozens of countries, forming a passionate community that advances social, economic, and environmental justice.
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Jumpstart your career in the development sector

Get the knowledge and practical skills to make a difference in the field right away: 96% of last year’s SID graduates were employed within six months of graduation.
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Accelerated track: Earn your degree in one year

Viviana Contente, MA SID'20

Field Organizer, Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) 

"I needed a program that could enable me to finish my master's degree in a short time without sacrificing a great quality education. I finished my degree in one year, in time to welcome my first baby, and a few months later I was ready to look for jobs and build my career. The accelerated program has so many advantages for people like me who are looking to get into the workplace as quickly as possible."

Alumni Outcomes

Abdishakur Ahmed

Abdishakur Ahmed, MA SID’20

Energy Specialist at RTI International

“What I found really useful at Heller was the opportunity to combine technical skills with the management skills that are essential for development projects.”

Sita Leota, MA SID’20

Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst, UNDP

“I always believe that you can change the world if you have the stubborn conviction that you can do it regardless of the circumstances you are born into.”

Kemi Adesunloro

Kemi Adesunloro, MA SID’20

Associate, Community Impact Team, KPMG

"Heller's international environment afforded me the opportunity to meet students from different parts of the world. The interactions I had challenged me as a person and also opened the gate to building lifelong friendships."

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