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 (6 credits)

Regenerative Design (2 credits)

Learning in Place: Land and Ecology (2 credits)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning  (2 credits)


Year 1, term 3 – Two-week residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, and online (6 credits)

Development and Resistance in Latin America (2 credits)

Communication, Media, and Art for Social Transformation (2 credits)

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 (5 credits)

Understanding and Designing Social-Ecological Change (3 credits)

Science and Appropriate Technology (2 credit)


Year 2, term 2 – Online (5 credits)

Learning in Place: Society and Culture (2 credits)

Economics for Sustainable Development and Regeneration (3 credits)


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

Reflective Practice (3 credits)

Capstone Paper (1 credit)

Capstone Presentation and Seminar (1 credit)


Elective Courses (2 credits)

Master of Arts in Sustainable Development students are required to complete two credits of electives.

Electives may be chosen from the following:

  • Special Topics in Sustainable Development, including field courses
  • Optional elective from MA in Peace and Justice Leadership
  • Independent Study (maximum of two credits per Independent Study, as determined by student and advisor)
  • Transfer credit, if approved, for online or face-to-face courses taken elsewhere (variable number of credits; must be approved by degree chair and registrar)