Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Self-Designed)
Design your own interdisciplinary graduate degree program to fit your career objectives
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, including courses offered through the following degree programs:
- Conflict Transformation
- International Education
- Sustainable Development
The self-designed program incorporates multidisciplinary coursework and experience in the field. Graduates are prepared for positions in a host of professional venues, including international organizations and NGOs, educational institutions, the media, the private sector, and government.
- On-campus coursework (two terms)
- Reflective Practice Phase, including a field-based practicum in the US or abroad (minimum six months) with related academic work
- Capstone paper, presentation, and seminar in Vermont (one week)
Students may be able to pursue part-time study with written approval from the appropriate faculty.
To be considered for admission to the self-designed MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
- US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
- Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
- Intercultural and professional experience
- Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning>
English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.)Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.
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 at SIT.
SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. 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.
SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources, including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds. SIT Graduate Institute’s financial aid office provides information on all aspects of funding an SIT degree.
We recommend that you begin the process of applying for financial aid as soon as possible, even before you are accepted for admission.