12 months
36880 USD/year
36880 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Whether you are switching careers, seeking a new opportunity, or looking to get a promotion, University of Massachusetts Boston's master’s program in Global Inclusion and Social Development can help you reach the next level in your field.


The 36-credit Global Inclusion and Social Development MA program from University of Massachusetts Boston examines global, national, and local issues related to inclusion and social development. Students seek solutions to complex challenges in today’s rapidly changing society, such as health disparities, environmental justice, community development, participatory decision-making, and economic inequality, as well as discrimination based on gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, and economic status. 

Our graduates go on to serve as leaders in their communities, as well as in national and international nongovernmental organizations; local, regional, and national governments; foundations; community organizations; and the for-profit sphere. In all these roles, they work to increase inclusion and social development regionally, nationally, and globally.


Here are some examples of how a SGISD graduate could put their degree to use:

  • Running a women's shelter in an underserved rural community in the U.S.
  • Supporting veterans with disabilities to find fulfilling work
  • Training people who are blind or have low vision to navigate independently
  • Working with an international nonprofit to empower communities hit hard by natural disasters
  • Serving as a consultant to the United Nations on issues around equal access to education
  • Conducting research into employment and compensation patterns across ethnic groups in a developing country

Careers relevant to our graduates include gerontology, conflict resolution, and international relations.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Current and Historical Perspectives on Global Inclusion and Social Development
  • International Responses to Social Inclusion
  • Research and Evaluation in Diverse Settings: Methods and Implications
  • Innovations Seminar
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Global Inclusion and Social Development
  • Justice: A Global Transdisciplinary Framework for Culture and Innovation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (any course).
  • Interviews are strongly recommended for interested applicants and can be scheduled by emailing sgisd@umb.edu.
  • Statement of Purpose - Please discuss in 1,200 words or less your reasons for pursuing graduate study and your academic, personal, and professional goals.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - Letters should come from individuals who can speak to your academic and professional preparation for program success.
  • Test Scores (GRE or MAT) Please note that individuals who possess an MA/MS degree in a related field at the time of application do not need to submit test scores.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae - Please make sure all educational background and professional history is current with degrees earned, institutions attended, majors, and GPAs.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18440 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Global Inclusion and Social Development
University of Massachusetts Boston


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!