UMass Boston

Global Inclusion & Social Development MA

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Join the forefront of global inclusion and social development.

Whether you are switching careers, seeking a new opportunity, or looking to get a promotion, our master’s program in global inclusion and social development can help you reach the next level in your field. The 36-credit GISD MA program examines global, national, and local issues related to inclusion and social development. Students seek solutions to complex challenges in today’s rapidly changing society, such as health disparities, environmental justice, community development, participatory decision-making, and economic inequality, as well as discrimination based on gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, and economic status. 

Our graduates go on to serve as leaders in their communities, as well as in national and international nongovernmental organizations; local, regional, and national governments; and beyond.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of social inequalities, power dynamics, and systems of oppression, enabling you to critically analyze and challenge structural barriers that hinder social inclusion and development
  • Acquire advanced knowledge in the principles and practices of social development, intercultural communication, community engagement, and program evaluation, equipping you with the tools to design, implement, and assess inclusive social interventions
  • Cultivate intercultural competence, ethical awareness, and collaboration skills, empowering you to work effectively with diverse populations, engage in cross-cultural dialogue, and promote sustainable and equitable social change

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