Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development

Two-Year Concentration Track

SID students in the Two-Year Concentration Track follow the same first year curriculum requirements as all other tracks. They then complete an approved second-year concentration in a significant field of development in either gender, development management, or environmental conservation. The second year includes a brief, three-month field practicum and one or two semesters of coursework. The second year may be structured as:

  1. A three-month summer practicum and two semesters of coursework in residence, or
  2. A three-month practicum in the fall or spring semester and a semester in residence in the non-practicum semester.

General requirements

Students must complete all required courses and 32 credits at Heller during the first year in residence.

Students must complete a program-approved concentration in the second year that includes one or two semesters of accredited coursework at Brandeis, and a three-month practicum. Current concentrations are available in gender, development management, and environmental conservation.

Students must produce a Master’s Paper and Capstone presentation focused on a topic that contributes to the field of their concentration, situated within the broader goals of sustainable international development.

Academic advising

The SID program will appoint a faculty adviser with expertise in the concentration area, who will provide academic support, advise on the production of the Master’s Paper, and maintain contact with the student during their field practicum.


Graduation for students in the Two-Year Concentration Track is normally in May of the student's second year, although students who wish to spend more time on their Master’s Paper have the option to pay a continuation fee and graduate in August. In addition to receiving a degree of Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development, students who satisfactorily complete a concentration will receive a certificate letter of concentration.

Concentration Curriculum

Requirements for concentrations include a 16-credit minimum for one semester in residence. This coursework is flexible and will be individually tailored for each student from a list of approved courses. Each course list includes a range of Heller School and Brandeis University courses. Independent study and Boston Consortium courses are also available, with a limit of one course per semester.