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Development Practice

School for International Training

12 months
29000 USD/year
29000 USD/year
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Learn how to integrate policy, scholarship, ethics, and participatory practice to achieve sustainable development goals with the Development Practice program of the School for International Training.


Why a master's in Development Practice?

Grounded in SIT’s unique brand of experiential, place-based learning, explore how global health crises, economic inequality, natural resource degradation, and political and ethnic conflict are interconnected, requiring a new generation of highly educated, innovative, multidisciplinary development practitioners. 

Starting in Quito, Ecuador, a city high in the Andes, you will explore the challenges of one of the most biodiverse countries in the world while learning from faculty, guest lecturers, and experts in the field. Study ecological impacts, forest regeneration, sustainable land practices, and conservation on excursion to northern Ecuador’s patchwork of cloud forests. Excursions may also include trips to the coast.

The Development Practice program of the School for International Training offers you a chance to obtain professional skills while conducting research and fieldwork in a highly competitive global environment. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to integrate policy, scholarship, ethics, participatory practice, and lifelong learning to achieve sustainable, global development goals in the 21st century.

Career Paths

Students who have graduated with this degree have worked in careers such as:

  • Career development specialist
  • Foreign Service officer
  • Monitoring and evaluation officer
  • Program manager in sustainability
  • Program manager in food and nutrition security
  • Public health analyst with a government agency
  • Independent consultant in nonprofit sector
  • Director, government development policy
  • Senior policy associate

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Critical Issues in Global Health
  • Development Economics
  • Culture and Development
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • Practitioner Inquiry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Priority Deadline: January 31


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability (not applicable for some certificate programs). Applicants from institutions outside the US must hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
    • Demonstrated English language ability
    • Intercultural and professional experience
    • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    29000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 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.

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