Grounded in SIT’s unique brand of experiential, place-based learning, explore how global health crises, economic inequality, natural resource degradation, and political and ethnic conflict are interconnected, requiring a new generation of highly educated, innovative, multidisciplinary development practitioners.

Starting in Quito, Ecuador, an urban city high in the Andes, you will explore the challenges of one of the most biodiverse countries in the world while learning from experienced faculty, local community members, guest lecturers, and top experts in the field. Study ecological impacts, forest regeneration, sustainable land practices, and conservation on excursion to northern Ecuador’s patchwork of cloud forests. Excursions may also include trips to the coast.

Spend your second semester in Africa, splitting your time between Kampala, the national and commercial capital of Uganda, and the smaller river city of Lilongwe, Malawi. For 15 weeks, you will engage in comparative analyses of how economics, natural resource management, health policy, and trade are affected by contrasting local needs, diverse livelihood practices, cultural identities, and varied histories of colonization and resistance. Though based in the city, you will examine sustainable and regenerative development practices in urban, peri-urban, and rural locations during their site visits and fieldwork.

In the final semester, you will spend 10 to 12 weeks in a full-time practicum, arranged in consultation with your program coordinator, in a role and global location of your choosing, drawing from SIT’s longstanding worldwide partnerships and professional networks. Here, you will gain the experience and hands-on skills you need to attain your career goals while also completing a capstone paper to be presented at the end of your program.

The SIT MA in Development Practice offers you a chance to obtain professional skills while conducting your own research and fieldwork and undergoing systemic, cross-cutting, and interdisciplinary graduate-level training in a highly competitive, global environment. This program incorporates theory, practice, and leadership development across the social sciences, natural/health sciences, ecology, and management. Through rigorous academic training and immersive fieldwork, the program bridges systems thinking and community-driven approaches to research, analytics, advocacy, and management, equipping you with the real-world skills needed to identify and address development challenges and multisector solutions in the 21st century.

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to integrate policy, scholarship, ethics, participatory practice, capacity building, and lifelong learning to achieve sustainable, global development goals.