The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Track Options

Accelerated Track

The accelerated track is an intensive program designed for students with three to four years of previous professional experience in the development sector or a related field. Students typically complete the accelerated program in 9 to 12 months. They enter with all in-coming students in late August and pursue the same first-year curriculum as all other SID students. Students in the accelerated program write a master’s paper that applies development theory and skills to solving a development problem, and they present their research at the SID Capstone event in May.
 

Two-Year Practicum Track

The Two-Year Practicum Track is for students with a minimum of 2 years of related experience who want to gain core skills in one year of coursework, and apply them immediately in a substantial, hands-on practicum in the field.

Students are required to complete a six-month, field-based practicum assignment at a development organization in their second year. They produce a Master’s Paper and deliver a Capstone presentation in May of their second year. There is no tuition fee charged for the second year: students are only required to pay the minimum enrollment fee, a program fee and health insurance.

Two-Year Advanced Study Track

The Two-Year Advanced Study Track is for students with a minimum of 2 years of related experience who want to design a second year program that digs deep in a specific area of study.

For their second year, students are required to work closely with an academic advisor to develop a specialization, develop a course plan of at least 12 credits per semester, write a Master’s Paper and present their research at a Capstone event in May of their second year.

Two-Year Concentration Track

The Two-Year Concentration Track is for students with a minimum of 2 years of related experience. This program is best for those who want to take specialized coursework in a specific area, while also conducting a brief practicum in the field.

In their second year, students may conduct a three-month practicum and complete a concentration in Environmental Conservation, Development Management, or Gender. Students deliver a Master’s Paper and Capstone presentation in May of their second year.