Master of Arts in Sustainable Development (Online with Brief Residencies in Vermont and Abroad)

SIT Graduate Institute

Program Description

Master of Arts in Sustainable Development (Online with Brief Residencies in Vermont and Abroad)

SIT Graduate Institute

Overview

In recent decades, economic disparity and environmental destruction have become ever more pronounced. Discover how current systems have led to today’s growing inequality, poverty, and unsustainable use of natural resources and develop the skills to create change in a variety of arenas.

What you’ll learn

Lasting change requires buy-in from all interested parties. Learn the tools of participatory inquiry and design to develop collaborative solutions that benefit multiple stakeholders.

Identify gaps in current sustainable development policy and how innovative eco-social design can be applied in these areas.

Get a global, comparative perspective on sustainable development and regeneration across different geographical, ecological, socioeconomic, cultural, and political contexts.

Develop practical skills in project design and implementation, project management and evaluation, and leadership and innovation.

How it works

This flexible degree combines face-to-face and online learning to allow you to stay in your job while completing a master’s degree. During short residencies in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Oaxaca, Mexico, you’ll witness a diverse array of ongoing sustainable development projects that highlight innovation and creativity. During the online portions of the program, you’ll apply your learning in your own job or community.

Academics

With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to core courses, a broad range of elective choices let you focus on courses that will help you meet your career goals.

On this part-time program, you’ll earn 36 credits over two years.

Year 1, term 1 – two-week residency in Vermont and online (7 credits)

  • Theory and Practice of Social Change (3 credits)
  • Human Flourishing in the Anthropocene: From Development to Regeneration (3 credits)
  • Foundations in Regenerative Leadership (1 credit)

Year 1, term 2 – online (5 credits)

  • Economics for Sustainable Development and Regeneration (3 credits)
  • Regenerative Design (2 credits)

Year 1, term 3 – two-week residency Oaxaca and online (7 credits)

  • Development and Resistance in Latin America (2 credits)
  • Communication, Media, and Art for Social Transformation (2 credits)
  • Science and Appropriate Technology: Oaxaca (1 credit)
  • Food sovereignty and Agro-ecology (1 credit)
  • Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities (1 credit)

Year 2, term 1 – one-week residency in Vermont and online (6 credits)

  • Understanding and Designing Social-Ecological Change (3 credits)
  • Science and Appropriate Technology: Vermont (1 credit)
  • Choice of either an elective from the MA in Peace and Justice Leadership or the Washington, DC, Field School (2 credits)

Year 2, term 2 – online (6–8 credits)

  • Learning in Place: Land and Ecology (2 credits)
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (2 credits)
  • Learning in Place: Society and Culture (2 credits)
  • Optional Washington, DC, Field School course (2 credits)
  • Advanced Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning

OR

  • Advanced Policy Advocacy Theory and Practice

Year 2, term 3 – online and seminar in Vermont (5 credits)

  • Participative Action-Research Capstone Preparation (3 credits)
  • Capstone Paper (1 credit)
  • Capstone Presentation and Seminar (1 credit)

Locations

Get hands-on training in different learning contexts.

Vermont

Vermont is at the forefront of sustainability and regeneration. New England is a hotbed of innovation, including transition towns, permaculture (in various forms), community-owned forests (indigenous and beyond), co-housing, cooperatives, local food industries, local artisanal companies, eco-architecture, green energy, and environmental and social justice organizations. SIT’s southern Vermont campus is in a strategic position for you to see this innovation firsthand.

Oaxaca

Oaxaca is a thriving hub of ecological and social innovation. You’ll engage with social movements and indigenous communities and learn directly from individuals who are creatively responding to challenges.

Washington, DC (Optional)

Those of you wishing to specialize in monitoring and evaluation and policy and advocacy can get firsthand experience in these tools and processes through an optional field course at SIT’s Washington, DC Field School.

Your Community

A priority of the program is to allow you to immediately apply what you learn in your workplace, community, and/or organization. This gives you guided, hands-on practice that deepens your learning.

Alumni Careers

Students in this program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Find out some of the career paths that may be open to you.

Graduates from this degree can expect to find employment in the fields of:

  • Community capacity building
  • Economic development
  • Human rights
  • Education
  • Food security
  • Health
  • Gender equity
  • Nonprofit and NGO leadership and management
  • International relations
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Policy and research
  • Environmental resource management and advocacy
  • Socially engaged cultural institutions

In addition, this program will provide you with tools, skills, and networks that are important for starting your own socially and ecologically engaged entrepreneurial enterprise.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 30, 2018
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