Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development

Second-Year Advanced Study Track

This second-year residential track follows the same first-year curriculum as all other SID program tracks. In their second year, students in this track complete at least 12 credits of coursework per semester. Advanced study students work closely with an academic adviser to develop a specialized courseplan and 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, elsewhere 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 Capstone event in May of the students’ second year.  Students who complete all credit requirements, the master’s paper, and their Capstone presentation are eligible to graduate in May of their second year. 

Total credits: 56

  • Required credits: 24
  • Elective credits: 32