Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development

About SID

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The World Needs You More Than Ever

Every Heller student arrives with the drive to solve a specific problem, or serve a particular community. Although substantial progress has been made in many regions of the world, 1.2 billion people globally live in extreme poverty, and one out of eight people go hungry. Global trends such as the spread of regional conflicts, rising income inequality, and climate change disproportionately impact the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.

A Flexible, Customizable Master's Degree

We believe your graduate education should give you options: that's why the Heller SID program is structured to give you maximum flexibility to meet your career goals. Options include:

Cutting-Edge Educational Resources

Our distinguished faculty bring extensive field experience to their teaching and research. The curriculum offers both analytical and practical skills for students who will pursue careers across development specialties and organizations. 

In the Heller SID program, you’ll join a thriving community of researchers, professors, students, and alumni dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Some of the key levers of change include:

  • Project planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Income generation through entrepreneurship and sustainable livelihoods
  • Broadening access to social services and social protection programs
  • Addressing inequality and injustice and promoting ethical and inclusive principles
  • Reducing the negative impacts of climate change and climatic variability
  • Improving the participation of marginalized groups in governance, and
  • Enhancing the sustainability, access, and management of common property resources