The MS in Development Management (MSDM) is the only master of science degree offered by the School of International Service. The degree requires 39–42 credit hours of graduate coursework, including a required 6-credit individual capstone, Management Practicum, which is a distinct component of the degree. The capstone may be carried out in the US or abroad, with flexible arrangements and timing offered to meet varying needs of MSDM students. The MSDM degree can be completed in two years (full-time) or up to six years (part-time).
The curriculum is uniquely designed for those with a minimum of two years’ prior field experience, though many have more, who wish to gain applied and innovative management skills in the context of international development. Students will build their own concentration that focuses on a sector of their choice—such as environment, global health, gender, and social enterprise—to gain a combination of skills necessary to work directly with people, organizations, communities, and programs that seek to improve the lives of the poor and disenfranchised.
The NRSD degree requires 42 credit hours, including an internship, coursework, and a capstone. It can be completed in two years (full-time) or up to six years (part-time). You have the option of part-time study in the first and final semester. You'll take core courses for a semester before going to the University for Peace outside San José, Costa Rica, where you'll be immersed in sustainable development theory and practice for a year. You'll gain professional field experience during a mandatory summer internship that may take you anywhere in the world. The core of the NRSD experience is the chance to engage both in the classroom and in a developing country that is a model of sustainability. This is a decidedly different experience from what any US-only program can offer.
The GEP degree requires 39 credit hours of graduate coursework and a capstone that can be completed in 2 years (full-time) or up to 6 years (part-time). The curriculum is an interdisciplinary exploration of efforts to advance environmental protection and focuses on natural science, economics, and policy studies. Students will build a thorough and integrated understanding of environmental politics and policy. Through core seminar courses, electives, internships, a substantial research project, and a myriad of events, students learn about and engage with the forces that shape global and international environmental behavior.