Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development


The MA in Sustainable International Development is most commonly completed as a two-year program. Students in a two-year track spend the first year in residence taking classes, completing a practicum, advanced study, or concentration (or a combination of these) during their second year. A one-year accelerated track, which can be completed in 9-12 months, is also available for select applicants with previous professional experience.

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

Three Pillars of the SID Curriculum:

  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.