SIT Graduate Institute- Master of Arts in Sustainable Development Practice

Why you should consider this program

Learn to create, shape, and lead thriving communities, locally, and globally with SIT’s hybrid master’s degree in Sustainable Development Practice. Combining online coursework and field courses in Nepal and Mexico, the program offers part-time and full-time professionals the opportunity to build skills in community development and social change without stepping off the career track.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,445 $ 15,905 $ 29,540
Out of state $ 45,445 $ 15,905 $ 29,540
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

As part of our standard partnership, SIT offers Coverdell Fellows a financial benefit of 35 percent off tuition for any of our part-time hybrid programs.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

SIT will waive the $50 application fee for all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 10,040

Application fee waived?



As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum of 150 to 300 hours in a high-need American community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six weeks. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

Jobs for program alumni

Through the social, academic, and professional network SIT provides, students have an easy and dynamic way to connect with like-minded individuals and learn about potential employers worldwide. Our alumni work at the government, nonprofit, and grassroots levels in the US and abroad. Students who have graduated with this degree work in careers such as the following, among others:

  • NGO program director
  • Social policy program manager
  • Gender and development specialist
  • Community development specialist
  • Sustainable development project coordinator
  • Community capacity-building senior policy associate
  • NGO or nonprofit communications director
  • Monitoring and evaluation director
  • Sustainability educator

Other details

Program length

2 years total; 36 credits

Application requirements

SIT does not require the GRE. All students must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability. Application requirements include:

  • A completed online application
  • Essays
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Three references

Admissions process

  • Complete SIT's regular online application process
  • Provide an additional statement of interest in becoming a Peace Corps Fellow (details provided by SIT's admissions team during the application process)

Program begins

Orientation begins late May, leading into classes early June. Exact dates provided on the program page.

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program
  • Low residency or distance learning

Fellowships are awarded to RPCVs enrolling in one of the following part-time degree programs:

  • MA in Humanitarian Assistance & Crisis Management
  • MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, & Management
  • MA in International Education
  • MA in Sustainable Development Practice


Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mary Kay Sigda, Senior Admissions Officer

1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, VT 05302