Brandeis University

Heller School for Social Policy and Management

MA in Sustainable International Development


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Sustainable International Development

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Graduate Programs in Sustainable International Development form a community of concerned students and faculty drawn from around the world. OUR MISSION is to help build a new generation of development planners and policy makers in the U.S. and abroad for whom a global society free of poverty, preventable disease, and environmental degradation is achievable.

The Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development program has an innovative professional curriculum that includes a Year-In-Residence studying with senior researchers and development practitioners and a second-year project that includes either an internship or advanced study applying and evaluating methods and models of development.

The MA-SID program option is only available for a select group of seasoned development practitioners and it waives the required second-year while raising the academic requirements for them during their Year-In-Residence. The SID Summer Enrichment program equips students with the language and economics tools to have a comfortable and successful transition to life in the United States and at SID.

The SID curriculum is structured by a series of core competencies to ensure that each student gains knowledge of a certain breadth and depth of development issues and approaches. The core competencies, as listed below, can be met in a variety of ways, depending on your desired focus.

Total credits required for year-in-residence = 32. 

HS 261a Threats to Development: Climate Change

HS 279a Planning and Implementation

HS 271a Poverty, Inequality and Development

Monitoring and Evaluation

Options include:

    * HS 278f Monitoring and Evaluation

    * HS 509a Program and Policy Evaluation


HS 261a Threats to Development: Climate Change

Plus one of the following:

    * HS 224f Gender and the Environment

    * HS 259f TOPICS: Renewable Energy for Environmentally Sustainable International Development

    * HS 259f TOPICS: Physical Science that Impacts Energy Choices for Development

    * HS 259f TOPICS: Sustainable Agriculture and Watersheds

    * HS 259f TOPICS: Trade and Natural Resources

    * HS 259f TOPICS: Ecology of Health

    * HS 259f TOPICS: Tourism and Development

    * HS 282f Environmental Impact Assessment

    * HS 300f Integrated Conservation and Development

    * HS 325f Right to Water


Option A:

*HS 261a Threats to Development: Climate Change

Plus one of the following:

    * HS 221f Household Economics

    * HS 223f Gender and Development in the Context of Neoliberalism and Globalization

    * HS225f The Measurement and Political Economy of Income Inequality, Social Capital, and Empowerment

    * HS 259f TOPICS: Economic Tools for Environmental Stewardship

    * HS 259f Environmental Economics and Policy

    * HS 259f Political Economy of the Environment- Development Nexus

    * HS 295f Natural Resource Development Planning

    * HS 306f Survey Design and Data Analysis

    * HS 422f Benefit / Cost Analysis

Option B:

HS 261a Threats to Development: Climate Change


    * HS 350a Economics: Management and Social Policy


Options include:

    * HS 283f Gender and Development

    * HS 284f Gender Analysis

    * HS 224f Gender and the Environment

    * HS 308f Masculinities and Gender Relations in Sustainable Development

    * HS 223f Gender and Globalization

    * HS 259f Gender and Human Rights

Rights-Based Approach

    * HS 285f Rights-based Approach to Development

Second-Year Project

During your Year-in-Residence at SID, you will work under the guidance of Career Services as well as faculty and researchers to develop your Second-Year Project. The aim of the Second-year Project is to develop your professional skills, experience, and contacts through practical training. Early-career students are given entrée to the field of development while mid-career students are able to diversify and deepen their experience.

Your Second-Year Project will be either:

A professional-level practicum working with leading development organizations throughout the world 


Advanced study engaging your research skills while working under the mentorship of a senior researcher at Brandeis


New England Association of Schools and Colleges NEASC

International Student Requirements:

Proof of English language proficiency.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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