Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development

Second-Year Advanced Study Track with a Concentration

This second-year residential track follows the same first-year curriculum as all other SID program tracks. By the end of their second year, students in this track will have completed 16 credits in a concentration in either environment, gender, or development management. The track also includes a summer practicum and two additional semesters of coursework in residence.

Advanced Study with a Concentration students work closely with an academic adviser to develop a specialized courseplan and a substantial research paper (called a master's paper) in their main area of interest. This track is best for students with at least two years of work experience who want to design their own second year of study in order to dig deeply into a specific interest area.

Students use their second year in residence to build more expertise in their chosen specialization by taking additional courses in the SID program, at other programs at the Heller School, at Brandeis or at universities throughout the Boston Consortium. The advanced study culminates with a presentation of the student’s work at the SID Capstone event in May of the students’ second year. Students who complete all credit requirements, the required master’s paper, and their Capstone presentation are eligible to graduate in May of their second year. 

Total credits: 72

  • 22 required credits
  • 16 concentration credits
  • 22 elective credits
  • 12 practicum credits

Requirements