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*Accreditation is in progress for programs in the Global Master’s model with a start date in 2020

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.


Required Courses:

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  • Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management (4 Credits)
  • Practitioner Inquiry (3 Credits)
  • Any course in our Low Residency Programs with focus on leadership (3)
  • An additional 26 credits from Low Residency degrees and online courses in the Climate Change and Global Sustainability degree.
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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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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Alla Korzh
Alla Korzh

Assistant Professor
International Education (low residency)


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 international education with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. She holds a doctorate in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Bruce W. Dayton
Bruce W. Dayton

Executive Director, CONTACT
Associate Professor and Chair
Peace 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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Udi Butler
Udi Butler

Assistant Professor and Chair
Sustainable Development


PhD, Goldsmiths College, University of London
MS, University of Bristol
MFA, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Udi Butler has been active in the field of ethnographic and participatory action research for the last 17 years. Keep reading.

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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.


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: TBD
  • Year 2 on-campus room and board: TBD

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

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.