Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Self-Designed)


Degree Sequence
  • On-campus coursework (two terms)
  • Reflective Practice Phase, which comprises a field-based practicum (six months) with related academic work. The practicum can be completed abroad, in such sites as Rwanda and Nepal, or in the US
  • Capstone paper, presentation, and seminar in Vermont (one week)

SIT’s flexible, self-designed master’s degree program allows students to gain exposure to several different degree fields or receive targeted professional training.

In close consultation with faculty advisors, students design their curriculum by drawing on the array of resources and course options offered each term by SIT Graduate Institute.


Students study in the International Center

  • Required Coursework (7 credits)
    • Foundations of Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
    • Practitioner Inquiry

  • Course Electives (21 credits minimum).
    Students in the self-designed MA program can take courses from SIT’s degree programs in conflict transformation, international education, and sustainable development, as well as other courses outside these degree fields.

    Examples of coursework chosen by recent students in the self-designed program include:

    • Economics; Financial Management; Strategic Planning; Policy and Citizen Advocacy; Post-Conflict Reconstruction
    • Training Design; Program Planning; Training for Social Action; Project Design and Planning; Financial Management
    • Marketing; Training Design Theory; Conflict and Identity; Youth Program Leadership; Practice of International Education

      Review sample elective course descriptions (PDF)

  • Reflective Practice (12 credits).
    Referred to as the Reflective Practice Phase, this portion of the program is a structured approach for students to apply coursework learning to a related professional activity. During this phase (minimum six months), students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills  working in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students on the program. Students can complete the practicum in the US or abroad.

  • Capstone Paper and Seminar.
    Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning through preparation of a capstone project and participation in a one-week capstone seminar held multiple times each year on SIT’s campus in Vermont. Researching and writing the capstone paper takes students deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where they explore the meaning of the practicum experience, integrate theory and practice in written and oral presentations, and make a contribution to a professional field of study. Review past capstone papers submitted by students in the Self-Designed program.

All students must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement (PDF) before they are eligible to graduate.

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