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Loren Lee Chiesi
Thanks for your interest in SIT Graduate Institute!
Our admissions staff work one on one with every applicant. We are committed to assisting you throughout the process, from initial inquiry to program enrollment.
Our programs start at different times of the year. Please check the web page of the program you're interested in for exact program dates. You may also contact Admissions with any questions you may have.
Inside the US: 800 336-1616
Outside of the US: +1 802 258-3510
SIT Admissions strives to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.
SIT students represent a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and come from across the globe. They have worked for educational institutions, NGOs, and in the public and private sectors. They include activists working on issues of social justice and human rights, teachers, international education professionals, and returned Peace Corps volunteers as well as individuals looking to work in those areas. SIT students include experienced professionals who want to sharpen their skills, mid-career professionals seeking to change careers or boost their credentials, and recent college graduates.
To be considered for admission to a master’s or certificate program, you must have the following:
- 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
SIT does not require applicants to take the GRE exam.
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 must 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). (You 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.
- SIT’s code for the internet-based test is 3788, and our name is School for International Training.
- 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.
Online Low-Residency Programs
It is recommended that applicants to SIT’s low-residency programs be currently working in their field of study and have experience and familiarity with instructional technology, distance learning, and/or independent learning.
SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
Our admissions staff work individually with every applicant to facilitate a well-informed and multidimensional admissions experience: As you 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 — you will be able to determine for yourself the ways in which SIT can help you meet your educational and career objectives.
More specific admissions requirements for each program can be found on each degree page:
Master's Degree Programs
- Master of Arts in Climate Change and Global Sustainability
- Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance and Crisis Management
- Master of Arts in International Education (Online with brief residencies in Vermont)
- Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Leadership (Online with brief residencies in Vermont and abroad)
- Master of Arts in Sustainable Development (Online with brief residencies in Vermont and abroad)
- Master of Arts in TESOL (Online with brief residencies in Vermont)
- Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Summer Peacebuilding Program (Brattleboro, Vermont)
- Graduate Certificate in International Education (online with short residency in Vermont)
- Certificate in TESOL (various locations)
To help you get started, here are the required elements of a complete master’s degree program application (certificate application elements may vary):
- A completed online application form.
- A $50 (US) application fee. Applicants who were referred by an SIT alumnus may submit an Alumni Referral Voucher in place of the application fee.
- A 1,250- to 1,750-word essay, typed in English, answering all essay questions. The essay questions for all master’s degrees and certificate programs are as follows:
- Identify a social issue that presents a significant challenge in a context that you have experienced or witnessed. The issue may concern education, development, conflict, and/or any other subject that interests you and is relevant to your degree at SIT. The context of your inquiry may be interpersonal, communal, national, and/or international in scope. Analyze the primary sources and effects of the social issue as deeply and systematically as you can. Then draw implications from your analysis for what practical action can and should be taken to address the issue constructively. (750–1000 words)
- Articulate your vision of professional development with an eye toward what you would like to do in five to ten years after the successful completion of your graduate studies at SIT. Then describe what concrete skills and capacities you will need to acquire at SIT, and how your educational, vocational, and personal experience prior to SIT will enable you to prepare for realizing your vision of graduate studies and professional development. Be sure to include thoughtful self-reflections on less developed areas of your inquiry and skill-building that will need to be developed in the course of your graduate studies at SIT. (500–750 words)
If you are applying to one of our online, low-residency master’s degree or certificate programs, please also respond to these two additional questions:
- Please describe your experience and familiarity with instructional technology, distance learning, and/or independent learning that you feel will contribute to your success in a low-residency master’s degree or graduate certificate program.
- Please describe the setting (employment or otherwise) in which you will apply learning to and from the low-residency program as a student. How do you envision this setting will contribute to your own learning and the learning of others in your cohort?
- A professional résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities (including directly enrolled study abroad programs). A transcript must be received as a sealed, paper copy or official eTranscript sent directly from the university, and include the following information:
- Your name
- The institution’s name
- The dates you attended the institution
- The titles of the specific courses or subjects in which you were enrolled
- The number of hours of instruction or other learning involved in each course or subject
- The grade, mark, or other evaluation you received for each course or subject
- Any degree, diploma, certificate, or other qualifications awarded for completion of studies. To be considered official, the transcript must contain the institution’s stamp or other certification that clearly indicates authenticity. In cases where the transcript is not in English, an original certified translation must accompany the official document. Note: Official copies of transcripts must be received before admissions will review your application.
- Three (3) letters of reference sent directly to SIT from the reference writers.
Financial Aid Deadline
I-20 Deadline for Student Visas
|Full-time degree programs beginning in fall 2020||Priority deadline January 31st, 2020.||Financial aid available on a rolling basis. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within two weeks of financial aid award notification.||March 30, 2020|
|MA degree programs beginning in summer 2020||Priority deadline January 31st, 2020.||Financial aid available on a rolling basis. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within two weeks of financial aid award notification.||March 30, 2020|
|CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding and Certificate Programs 2020||Priority deadline January 31st, 2020.||Students must submit $400 deposit within two weeks of being admitted. International students must submit full payment before receiving DS2019.||March 15, 2020|
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions will be sent initially via email; an official paper copy will also be sent by mail.
Submitting Your Deposit: US Citizens and Permanent Residents
To secure your place in the incoming class, log in to your application portal and click on Confirmation Materials, where you can pay your $400 nonrefundable deposit payment within two weeks of your financial award notification.
Students not applying for / receiving financial aid: Please send your deposit within two weeks of receiving your admissions decision.
Submitting Your Deposit: International Students
Because international students must pay their first semester tuition and fees as part of their student visa process, SIT does not require the $400 deposit payment for international students. International students should review the information concerning student visas and focus their efforts on completing the necessary steps to obtain their I-20 and student visa, as outlined in the deadline section above.
Financial Aid decisions are made on a rolling basis after you have been admitted into one of our graduate programs.
SIT Graduate Institute is committed to helping students from all socioeconomic backgrounds follow their passion and realize their potential through an SIT master’s degree.
As part of SIT’s commitment to student success, we provide nearly 90 percent of our students with scholarships and grants from SIT funds — more than $1.3 million dollars each year.
US students and permanent residents may apply for federal student loans, and international applicants are eligible for specially designated financial aid funds administrated by SIT.
Please visit the Financial Aid section of the website for complete information.
Where are SIT alumni working?
- US Department of State
- George Washington University
- Duke University
- Semester at Sea
- Save the Children
- Catholic Relief Services, Zambia
- Pact, Mozambique
- INTERLINK Language Centers
- Tetra Tech ARD
- United Nations
… and elsewhere
Positions held by recent international education graduates
- International Student Advisor, Arizona State University
- Assistant Director of University Relations and Marketing, CISabroad
- Executive Director, International Development for Educational Access
- Study Abroad Advisor, Miami University
- Student Exchange Specialist, Qatar University
Positions held by recent sustainable development graduates
- Founder and Executive Director, Global Sustainability, Inc.
- Community Engagement Specialist, City of Sommerville, MA
- Executive Director, Rural Human Rights Activists Programme (RHRAP)
- Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Alliance for Peacebuilding
- Director of Health Promotion, Collaboration for Health, Advancement, Networking, Community and Economic Sustainability (CHANCES)
Positions held by recent TESOL graduates:
- Professor of Intensive English, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
- English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University Center for Intercultural Education and Development, USA
- English Teacher, Universal American School, Kuwait
- U.S. Department of State English Language Officer, Russia
Positions held by recent service, leadership, and management graduates
- Refugee Reception and Placement Team Leader, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
- National Field Director, Democracy Matters
- Country Coordinator, HELP International
- Field Support and Training Manager, YouthBuild USA