Whether you are switching careers, seeking a new opportunity, or looking to get a promotion, our master’s program in global inclusion and social development can help you reach the next level in your field.
The 36-credit GISD MA program examines global, national, and local issues related to inclusion and social development. Students seek solutions to complex challenges in today’s rapidly changing society, such as health disparities, environmental justice, community development, participatory decision-making, and economic inequality, as well as discrimination based on gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, and economic status.
Our graduates go on to serve as leaders in their communities, as well as in national and international nongovernmental organizations; local, regional, and national governments; foundations; community organizations; and the for-profit sphere. In all these roles, they work to increase inclusion and social development regionally, nationally, and globally.
1. Individualized plan of study: Students take courses across departments at UMass Boston that that relate to a specific area of global inclusion and social development. An example might be working with refugee and immigrant populations in the U.S. or abroad.
2. Or, students may select from the following concentrations:
Human rights: Focuses on the framework needed to foster inclusive change throughout societies and organizations. A certificate in human rights is also available.
Critical ethnic and community studies: Collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts. Analyzes migration patterns and other population movements, as well as race/ethnicity, through the lenses of culture, community, identity, and citizenship.
Disability studies: Prepares students to work with people with disabilities in various capacities and to become leaders and advocates in the field. Supported by our colleagues at the Institute for Community Inclusion.
Nonprofit management: Prepares students to lead a nonprofit organization. Students take courses from the College of Management to gain proficiency in business practices.
Gerontology: Prepares students to understand aging from a social and psychological perspective, and to work in the community or at a policy level. Partner: Department of Gerontology.
Rehabilitation counseling: Help people who face barriers to employment find fulfilling work. We also offer a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.
Transition leadership: Support people with disabilities to attend college, enter the workforce and live independently. We also offer a transition leadership certificate.
Vision studies: Advocate for and support individuals with low vision to thrive in their daily lives and in their communities. We also offer a master’s degree in visual studies.