Master of Arts in Sustainable Development:
Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change, Brattleboro, VT


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)

The MA in Sustainable Development: Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change program based in Vermont comprises

  • two semesters of on-campus coursework;
  • a six-month (minimum) professional practicum;
  • and a final capstone paper and presentation.

While students must fulfill a number of degree requirements, they have opportunities to customize their learning according to individual interests. An outline of the degree components, including required coursework, is provided below.

Program Components

  • Core Coursework (28–34 credits).
    During students’ nine months on campus, they examine competing theories and alternative approaches to development practice. The program focuses on participatory, rights-based interventions in local, national, and international contexts. Coursework provides a comprehensive education in development praxis, combining theoretical and applied knowledge.

    Required coursework:

    • Foundations of Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
    • Practitioner Inquiry
    • Economics
    • Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development
    • Issues in Sustainable Development

      Plus 12 additional credits of relevant coursework, which includes one or more of the following courses:

    • Program Planning and Management
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Policy Advocacy
    • Popular and Nonformal Education

      Other course options include:

    • Nonprofit, NGO, and Social Business Management
    • Financial Management
    • Fundraising and Grant writing
    • Human Resources Management
    • Policy Analysis and Advocacy Methods
    • International Policy and Citizen Advocacy
    • Leadership, Community, and Coalition Building
    • Training Design for Experiential Learning
    • Training for Social Action
    • Post-War Development and Peacebuilding
    • Initiatives in Peacebuilding
    • Conflict and Identity

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

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