Natalia Cañas, SIS/MA '20
Having this research experience at SIS has been life-changing.
When I began my degree, I had absolutely no idea that research would be such an important part of my graduate experience. My research with Professor Nina Yamanis has allowed me the privilege to speak with Latinx immigrants in DC and learn from their stories of hardship and resilience. Throughout the process, I became a qualitative researcher, which gave me the skills I needed and fueled my passion to ultimately win several awards at SIS and continue the work. Learn more about this research.
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Development are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
Our graduates go into careers that make a positive impact on the world. With a customizable professional track, students develop the hard and soft skills needed to pursue their individual interests in the international development field.
Our alumni have gone on to build education programs in sub-Saharan Africa, create new ways of making monitoring, evaluation, and learning useful for grassroot organizations, feed and assist refugees, and enter the Foreign Service.
Employers that hire MAID graduates include: the World Bank, Save the Children, Chemonics, OXFAM, US Agency for International Development, Global Fund for Women, World Vision, and more.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission.
Current students pursuing their MA in International Development have several fellowships and awards available to them to help offset the cost of their education and take advantage of additional academic and professional opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.
Though the two programs share many core requirements, the MS in Development Management is a more specialized degree focusing on the applied skills needed to facilitate and manage change. The MA in International Development provides professional preparation in development politics, economics, and theories, while the MS—the only of its kind at SIS—offers technical and innovative management skills to those looking to take their development careers to the next level. For this reason the MS requires a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience to apply.