Global Inclusion and Social Development, MA

Concentrations | SGISD Core Courses | Internship Opportunities

Application deadlines

Review our application checklist here.

Download the student handbook here.

Our 39-credit MA program takes a transdisciplinary approach to the field of global inclusion and social development. The program focuses on inclusion as it intersects with wellness, disability, and economic policy from a global perspective.

Students take core classes in global inclusion and social development, paired with a concentration area of their interest. Current concentration tracks include human rights, disability studies, rehabilitation counseling, transition leadership, and vision studies. There is also an individualized plan of study option.

Our students work with our experienced faculty and field experts to engage in the dynamic study of the complex, crucial interrelationships among health, wellness, and social and economic development in individuals and populations that are often excluded. Scholars in our program examine multiple causes of exclusion, such as gender, race, economic status, and sexual orientation.

Our goal is to foster leaders in the field who learn how to create and develop solutions for change outside of the classroom, and to build inclusion out in the community as advocates and practitioners.


1. Individualized plan of study: This option is for those with specific interests not fully addressed within existing SGISD courses. Students choose to examine an important and relevant area of study within global inclusion and social development studies, and take courses across departments at UMass Boston that relate to their chosen area of focus. An example might be working with refugee and immigrant populations in the US or abroad.

2. Or, students may select from the following concentrations:

SGISD Core Courses

All students must complete GISD 601, 605, 606, and 801. Students must then take three additional courses, choosing one option from each of the following: 608 or 609; 610 or 611; and 615 or 616. Visit the course catalog for complete descriptions.

Internship Opportunities

Our students find paid and unpaid internships at a variety of organizations that share our school's mission of empowering underserved populations. Here are just a few examples of organizations with which our students have partnered: