Master of Arts in Sustainable Development at SIT Graduate Institute

Why you should consider this program

SIT Graduate Institute has a longstanding commitment to experiential learning and social justice. Students are trained to become highly skilled practitioners with a developed theoretical basis, experience in the field, and an awareness of their own capabilities. 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.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 43,500 $ 15,225 $ 28,275
Out of state $ 43,500 $ 15,225 $ 28,275
* 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

All students get the financial incentives above for this program.

Effective immediately, SIT Graduate Institute is increasing the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship benefit from 35% off tuition to 40% off tuition for RPCVs who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. This can be used towards the existing list of approved master’s degree programs, including: MA in International Education, MA in Peace & Justice Leadership, MA in TESOL, MA in Sustainable Development, and MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management. The benefit will be valid for two years, starting with 2020 programs.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

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

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

Students in the sustainable development degree program often go on to work in the field in a variety of areas. Graduates work in study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies as well as in other venues. Graduates from this degree can expect to find employment in the fields of:

  • Community capacity building
  • Economic development
  • Human rights
  • Education
  • Food security
  • Health
  • Gender equity
  • Nonprofit and NGO leadership and management

Other details

Program length

Two years

Application requirements

SIT does not require GRE scores. Application requirements include:

  • A completed online application
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Three references
  • All students must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability

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

Begins Fall

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program
  • Low residency or distance learning

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mary Kay Sigda, Senior Admissions Officer

1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302