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A degree designed around you

Earn a master’s in education in just one year. You’ll learn the hard skills you need to design and deliver an innovative, world-class youth program.

Start in fall or spring—whatever works for your schedule—and get back out into the field after just 12 months. By the end of the program, you’ll be ready to step into competitive jobs.

Hands-on, experiential learning

A key component of the program is the practicum. This two- to three-month practicum will be completed in the summer following the completion of coursework for students starting in the fall or the summer between coursework semesters for students starting in the spring. This hands-on experience gives you an edge in the job market.

You’ll focus on global youth issues, looking at real case studies and the work of actual youth organizations all over the world as context. Learning is grounded in the realities, struggles, challenges, and day-to-day lives of young people under age 27.

A program designed for anyone who works—or wants to work—with youth, anywhere in the world

This program provides rigorous, cross-cultural training so you can develop versatile skills to work effectively on global youth issues in sustainable development. You’ll learn to work with, teach, mentor, and empower youth in a variety of educational settings and to design, develop, and direct any kind of youth program, from summer camps to exchange programs, in school or after school, in an urban youth center or a refugee camp.

Through this program, you will:

  • Understand and analyze global youth issues, challenges facing youth development, and effective strategies for working with youth
  • Develop and deliver empowering, cross-cultural, experiential education training, teaching, and facilitation
  • Articulate competencies in a wide range of skills for youth program management, including design, budgeting and finance, risk management policies and procedures, staff development, curriculum, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Learn tried-and-true techniques, methods, activities, curricula, approaches, and program designs that we’ve used successfully at SIT with youth and youth educators from more than 150 countries

Why this program?

Youth services are the major focus of development organizations because half the world’s population is under age 27; 85 percent of the world’s youth live in developing countries and are largely underserved, under-educated, and unemployed. The job market for skilled youth professionals in the fields of education, study abroad, NGO, and development is growing.

School for International Training is a leader in youth empowerment education. Over the past 28 years, we have delivered more than 300 youth programs for over 10,000 youth in more than 130 countries.


With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to core courses, a broad range of elective choices let you focus on courses that will help you meet your career goals.

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  • Adolescent developmental psychology and sociology
  • At-risk youth and urban settings
  • Youth demographics, poverty, and economics in sustainable development
  • Access/equity/quality comparative education analysis
  • Learning differences and universal design
  • Designing programs for youth empowerment
  • Minors and legal issues
  • Building effective health, safety, and risk-management protocols
  • Teaching global issues experientially
  • Facilitating cross-cultural dialogue
  • Teaching multi-cultural/multi-age classrooms
  • Globalized curricula
  • Global youth issues
  • Needs assessments
  • Program hypotheses
  • Monitoring and evaluation
Field Courses

Each year, SIT Graduate Institute offers a number of graduate study abroad programs and field courses at sites in the United States and around the world. Learn in depth about an important issue on the ground.

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Study abroad as part of your master’s degree program.

IndiaInternational and US-Based Intensive Courses
Students have the option of completing a short-term intensive course at sites in the US or abroad. Typically ranging in duration from one to four weeks, recent intensives have been offered in Washington, DC; Bangladesh; Mexico; and Turkey.

Intensive field courses offer students pursuing an MA in intercultural service, leadership, and management the chance to interact with practitioners in the field, learn on-site, and expand professional networking. Short-term intensives are typically offered in January. Learn more about the intensive field courses.

Professional Practicum

A cornerstone of SIT degree programs is the practicum. This allows you to apply learning from the classroom in real-world settings while getting hands-on, professional experience.

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Apply the knowledge and skills you acquire in the classroom while engaging in the field in real-world settings.

Professional Practicum

Following or between semesters of on-campus coursework, each student completes a professional practicum with an organization of his/her choosing.* The practicum must be related to youth work and career goals, and will be for two to three months. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.
During this period — referred to as the Reflective Practice — students remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills while working in a professional context.

Practicum placements provide in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts.

*Students find positions on their own with support from SIT's Career and Practicum Services Center.


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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Core Faculty

Alla Korzh
Alla Korzh

Assistant Professor
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)
Global Youth Development and Leadership


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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Simon Norton
Simon Norton

Faculty and Co-Chair
Global Youth Leadership and Development


MA, Harvard University
BA, School for International Training

Simon ‘Si’ Norton has been senior director of the World Learning / School for International Training (SIT) Youth Programs and the Vermont Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism for the past 16 years.

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John Ungerleider
John Ungerleider

Professor and Chair
Global Youth Development and Leadership
Peace and Justice Leadership


EdD, University of Massachusetts
MA, Antioch University
BA, University of California, Berkeley

John has been teaching about conflict transformation at SIT for 25 years — a timespan he finds hard to grasp. John started the Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Programs at SIT, which over the years have brought together future leaders from communities — in locations such as Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Iraq, Rwanda, Pakistan, India, Liberia, and Burma — facing conflict to dialogue about issues and conflicts they have inherited.

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Adjunct Faculty

Aaron Morehouse
Aaron Morehouse

Global Youth Leadership and Development


EdD, Prescott College
BA, McDaniel College

Aaron Morehouse is a leading expert in cultural immersion, experiential education, and student programming in critical global issues. He joined The Experiment in International Living in 2013 as executive director.

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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. To be considered for admission to this program, you must meet the following criteria:

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dormsTo be considered for admission to the MEd in Global Youth Development and Leadership program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

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.

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 attend an open house, 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.


See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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Direct Costs

Tuition and Fees

Semester 1 Tuition: $16,925
Semester 1 Fees: $990

Semester 2 Tuition: $16,925
Semester 2 Fees: $990

Semester 3 Tuition (Reflective Practice Phase): $3,354

MA degree total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $39,184

On-Campus Room and Board: $8,670 (Estimated off campus housing is $11,750)

Indirect Costs

SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation, and off-campus housing/food. Individual expenses may vary. Off-campus living expenses and transportation costs are based on student survey data; individual costs vary depending on a variety of factors such as the type of housing and location of practicum.

Books: $1,000
Personal Expenses: $2,700
Transportation Costs: $1,200-$2,250
Miscellaneous: $1,370

Additional Costs

January Field Study Courses:

Costs range from $2,200 to $5,450. See details on the locations, schedule, and costs of individual field courses.

Estimated Student Loan Fees: $800

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.