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Whether you’re changing careers or exploring new ones, SIT’s Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management degree allows you to design your own program of study, selecting courses that focus on your professional development interest. You will work closely with a faculty advisor to select courses and a reflective practice that gives you the theoretical understanding of multiple perspectives and processes that bring about social change and a more just world.

You will develop analytical skills that focus on the interpersonal, team, community, and global arenas. You may choose to focus on aspects of the International Education, Peace and Justice Leadership, Sustainable Development degree programs or a combination of these degrees including courses in TESOL.

You may specialize in program management, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, or peacebuilding and mediation.

Because of the interdisciplinary and individual choice within this degree, the skills you develop are based on your learning plan.


Electives are listed in sequential order within their home department offerings. Students are responsible for checking prerequisites in the catalog for enrollment eligibility and/or for securing permission of the instructor to take a course. In addition to the courses listed below, students in the Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management program may take Topics courses (XXXX-5375) as they are offered, as well as Independent Studies (MPIM-5000; see course catalog).

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Term 1 (Summer)

Course Title Department Credit Method
Political Economy of Sustainable Development and Environmental Change* Climate Change 3 face-to-face
Developing an Approach to Teaching and Learning* TESOL 3 hybrid
English Applied Linguistics, Pt. 1* TESOL 1 face-to-face
Intercultural Communication & Ethnographic Inquiry for Language Educators, Pt 1* TESOL 1 face-to-face
Conflict Transformation Across Cultures I* Peace & Justice Leadership 2 face-to-face
Conflict Transformation Across Cultures II* Peace & Justice Leadership 1 face-to-face
Strategic Peacebuilding Peace & Justice Leadership 1 online
Theory and Practice of Social Change Sustainable Development 3 hybrid
Human Flourishing in the Anthropocene: From Development to Regeneration Sustainable Development 3 hybrid
Foundations in Regenerative Leadership Sustainable Development 1 hybrid


Term 2 (Fall)

Course Title Department Credit Method
Teaching the Four Skills TESOL 3 online
English Applied Linguistics, Pt 2 TESOL 1 online
Theory and Practice of Peace and Justice Promotion Peace & Justice Leadership 3 online
Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education International Education 3 online
Civil Resistance Peace & Justice Leadership 2 online
Regenerative Design Sustainable Development 2 online
Policy Advocacy Peace & Justice Leadership 1 online
Learning in Place: Land and Ecology Sustainable Development 2 online
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Sustainable Development 2 online


Term 3 (Spring)

Course Title Department Credit Method
Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Indian Ocean Region* Climate Change 4 face-to-face
English Applied Linguistics, Pt 3 TESOL 2 online
Curriculum Design and Assessment, Pt 1 TESOL 1 online
Intercultural Communication & Ethnographic Inquiry for Language  Educators, Pt 2 TESOL 1 online
International Education Program Planning and Design International Education 3 online
Leadership and Change Peace & Justice Leadership 3 online
Development and Resistance in Latin America* Sustainable Development 2 hybrid
Communication, Media, and Art for Social Transformation Sustainable Development 2 online
Food Sovereignty and Agro-ecology Sustainable Development 1 online
Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities Sustainable Development 1 online


Term 4 (Summer)

Course Title Department Credit Method
International Environmental Policy and the Challenge of Climate Diplomacy* Climate Change 3 face-to-face
Curriculum Design and Assessment, Pt 2 TESOL 1 online
Intercultural Communication for Language Teachers, Pt 3* TESOL 1 face-to-face
Advanced Concepts in International Education I* International Education 3 hybrid
Program Monitoring and Evaluation Concepts Peace & Justice Leadership 1 online
Field Seminar Peace & Justice Leadership* 2 face-to-face
Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation for Programing in Fragile Environments Peace & Justice Leadership 1 online
Understanding and Designing Social-Ecological Change* Sustainable Development 3 hybrid
Science and Appropriate Technology* Sustainable Development 2 hybrid


Term 5 (Fall)

Course Title Department Credit Method
Seminar: Teaching Refugees and Displaced Persons TESOL 3 online
Seminar: Teaching Young Learners TESOL 3 online
Seminar: Teacher Training and Development TESOL 3 online
Seminar: Pluriingual Pedagogy TESOL 3 online
Advanced Concepts in International Education II International Education 3 online
Negotiation, Mediation, and Dialog Peace & Justice Leadership 2 online
From Grant Writing to Policy Briefs: Essential Skills in Peace and Justice Promotion Peace & Justice Leadership 1 online
Economics for Sustainable Development and Regeneration Sustainable Development 3 online
Learning in Place: Society and Culture Sustainable Development 2 online


*Courses with residency requirements are indicated with an asterisk

Professional Practicum

Students can complete their professional practicum in their current job or choose to complete their practicum in any location.

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SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Alyson Dagang
Alyson Dagang

Program Chair
Sustainable Development



PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, School of Forest Resources and Conservation
BA, American University

A California native, Alyson completed her BA in international development with an emphasis in Latin American studies at American University in Washington, DC, and her PhD in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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Alla Korzh
Alla Korzh

Assistant Professor


EdD, International Educational Development, Columbia University, USA
MEd, Instructional Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
BA with Honors, Teaching English as a Second Language, Nizhyn State Pedagogical University, Ukraine

Dr. Alla Korzh is an educator, researcher, and practitioner in the field of comparative and international education with a regional focus on Eastern Europe and education development. She holds a doctorate in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Williams

Graduate Dean


EdD, Columbia University
MEd, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
MSc, London School of Economics, UK
BA, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Kenneth Williams completed his doctorate in organization and leadership at Columbia University and his master's degree at the London School of Economics. He teaches the courses Organizational Behavior and Team Development; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Social Identity; Research, Decision-Making, and Analysis; Qualitative Research Methodology; Quantitative Research Methodology using SPSS and Excel; Leadership, Community and Coalition-Building.

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Sora Friedman
Sora Friedman

Professor and Chair


PhD, George Mason University
Distance Education Certificate, University of West Georgia
MIA, School for International Training
BA, University of Maryland

Dr. Sora Friedman has worked in international education (IE) for 35 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, exchange program management, public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy.

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Bruce W. Dayton
Bruce W. Dayton

Executive Director, CONTACT
ChairDiplomacy and International Relations
ChairPeace and Justice Leadership


PhD, Maxwell School of Syracuse University
MA, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
BA, Ithaca College

Bruce W. Dayton (PhD, Syracuse University, 1999) has been active in peacebuilding and conflict transformation work for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His work focuses on the intersection of social identity and intractable conflicts and the role that intermediaries can play in transforming them.

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Leslie Turpin
Leslie Turpin

Associate Professor and Chair
TESOL online with Vermont residencies


PhD, California Institute for Integral Studies
MAT, School for International Training

After teacher-training in refugee camps in Thailand, Leslie began teaching in SIT’s MA in teaching programs in 1989. Her interests include refugee adjustment, cultural identity and memory, cultural and linguistic revitalization, reflective practice, classroom inquiry, teaching practice, literacy non-formal education, and teaching supervision.

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Kelly Teamey
Kelly Teamey

Sustainable Development


PhD, King’s College London
MA, New York University
BA, Brown University

Kelly has been active in the fields of international/sustainable development and education for the past 20 years. Keep reading.

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Admissions Criteria

We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.

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To be considered for admission to the MA in Intercultural Service Leadership and Management program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • US bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Experience and familiarity with instructional technology, distance learning, and/or independent learning
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process

Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to 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.

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.


The Covid-19 pandemic has made center-based testing unavailable in much of the world. Because of this, Duolingo, which is taken at home over the Internet, is now accepted as a substitute for the TOEFL and IELTS at a growing number of universities

The Duolingo English Test presents an entirely different approach to testing because students can take it at home from their own computer. There are no test centers and no appointments. The cost is $49 USD and they can take the test online, anytime.


See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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Direct Costs

Tuition and Fees

  • Year 1 tuition: $21,750
  • Year 2 tuition: $21,750

MA degree total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $43,500

  • Year 1 on-campus room and board: $1050
  • Year 2 on-campus room and board: $900

Indirect Costs

SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation. Individual expenses may vary.

  • Year 1 books: $1,200
  • Year 1 personal expenses: $1,500
  • Year 1 transportation costs: $500
  • Year 2 books: $1,200
  • Year 2 personal expenses: $1,500
  • Year 2 transportation costs: $500

Additional Costs

Estimated Student Loan Fees:

  • Year 1: $225
  • Year 2: $225

Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.


Direct costs and on-campus room and board are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect, off-campus housing costs, transportation expenses, and additional costs are not billed by SIT, but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.