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


Admissions requirements

  • US bachelor's degree or an equivalent, preferably in the social sciences or a professional field related to community and/or international development
  • Intercultural and professional experience, preferably in the field of community and/or international development, focused on the needs and rights of poor or marginalized populations (in any country, including the United States).
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning
  • Strong writing and other communication skills in English

Although it is not a degree requirement, students will be strongly encouraged to learn a second language or do additional language study and projects during or following the program. 

Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System.)

Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an Open House, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education—grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments—they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a Minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.
  • For the new Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), SIT's operational standard for admission for applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English is a minimum total score of 79. This includes section scores of at least 24 on the Writing section and 23 on the Speaking section. These section scores should be considered guidelines for recommended minimum scores on the new TOEFL exam.
  • Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 6.0 or higher.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program.

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