Master of Arts in Sustainable Development:
International Policy and Management, Washington, DC

SIT's one year MA for development professionals uniquely integrates theory and practice with an emphasis on local leadership, community ownership, and global collaboration.

  • Develop cutting-edge global skills and knowledge through hands-on learning with some of the most innovative development organizations in the world.
  • Graduate in just 12 months with the expertise and experience you need to make significant contributions in the development field.
  • Study in Washington, DC and work in the field of international development with World Learning's International Development and Exchange Programs and other development NGOs.

Graduates will be prepared for positions such as program director; program manager; capacity building specialist; monitoring and evaluation officer; policy analyst; advocate, outreach, and education officer; and coordinator of partnerships, networks, and alliances.

SIT Graduate Institute has been preparing international development professionals for 45 years and, as the higher education institution of World Learning—a leading international development organization - it offers students unique opportunities and resources. The World Learning/SIT global network of professional and academic contacts and ongoing development projects helps students advance their career by building connections worldwide.

SIT’s MA in Sustainable Development (International Policy and Management, Washington, DC) program is accredited as an instructional site of SIT Graduate Institute by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The program also has approval from the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission.

Learn more about the program, including specific course offerings and class schedule, faculty, and professional practicum period.

Degree Sequence: 12 Months, Three Semesters, 40 Credits

Semester: Washington, DC (16 credits)

  • Coursework combines facilitated discussions, simulations, and other methods of experiential learning through which students acquire theoretical knowledge and professional competencies essential for their career development.

Semester: Professional Practicum and Research (9 credits)

  • A full-time placement within a relevant development organization involves completion of a professional project identified as a priority by the sponsoring organization. Placement organizations have included UNICEF, the World Bank, BRAC-Bangladesh, the Institute of Popular Education-Mali, and other  NGOs and development agencies.

Semester: Washington, DC (15 credits)

  • Additional coursework, research, and writing allow students to deepen and integrate their knowledge and skills, culminating in a capstone paper and seminar.
  • The capstone seminar lasts one week and provides an environment in which students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize learning.
Workshop at the SIT Graduate Institute Washington DC campus Attend an open house on March 13, April 17, or June 25, 2014 to learn more.

Join us for a Virtual Open House webinar on the third Thursday of each month.
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