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 Master of Arts in International Media offers students a unique opportunity to learn international communication theory and research while at the same time developing professional production skills. This interdisciplinary M.A. program allows students to take concurrent courses in the School of Communication (SOC) and School of International Service (SIS) that emphasize strategic communication, research, international communication, and global media. In addition, students take hands-on courses designed to hone writing skills over a broad range of media, and production classes that introduce them to filmmaking, newswriting, digital imaging, web design, photography, and public communication writing. The media studies component of the program gives students a strong background in research skills, broad knowledge of global economic and political issues, and a deep understanding of how the media works, especially in an international environment. The production portion of the program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical groundings to be professionally competent and literate managers/producers/commissioners.
The Comparative and Regional Studies (CRS) program prepares students to be regional experts who understand key global issues through comparative analysis across regions and countries. Unlike traditional regional studies,CRS combines study of the comparative method with regional expertise. In this way, CRS regional concentrations serve as laboratories for knowledge, allowing students to draw lessons from experiences within a region to inform their understanding of the local context and, importantly, of how and why the local context shapes outcomes of global interest.