Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development


The MA in Sustainable International Development is a two-year program. Students typically spend the first year in residence taking classes, then during the second year, complete a six-month practicum. Other second-year options include the advanced study track for students who want to complete another year of coursework in residence; the concentration track for those who want to take specialized coursework in a specific area, while also conducting a brief 3-month practicum in the field; or the advanced study track with a concentration for students who would like to complete a summer practicum and another year of coursework in residence.

The MA in Sustainable International Development program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to fight poverty and inequality in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Our focused but flexible curriculum is designed to meet your needs wherever you are in your development career.

The SID curriculum falls under three main categories:

  1. Conceptual frameworks for understanding development, including ethics, human rights, gender and inequality
  2. Multidisciplinary approaches to the economic, social and environmental problems in global development
  3. Management and data analysis skills, professional writing, critical thinking, policy analysis, and research methods

First Year Course Requirements - 32 credits

Second Year SID Program Tracks

The SID program has several options for the second year of study. Students may participate in a practicum, develop a concentration or undertake advanced study. Second-year options are chosen during your first year. For more information on these, explore Track Options: