Students in the MIIS MPA program are prepared to apply - in diverse settings and with diverse stakeholder groups - the approaches widely used by social change organizations (SCOs). They also learn how to depart from traditional development practices to pursue innovative techniques and processes to improve the human condition in an increasingly complex world. Typically, program graduates complete coursework related to eight key thematic areas:
Students may elect to create a four-course specialization to complement their coursework in the key thematic areas. Illustrative degree specializations include development management; gender and development; human rights; security and development; monitoring and evaluation; and capacity development.
Highly relevant core courses, challenging professional service opportunities, complementary specializations, and a collegial community all contribute to helping graduates become gifted at:
Within a values-driven environment, students in the MIIS MPA program learn how to be effective change agents. They acquire tools and techniques to become practical idealists with a deep understanding of the contested meanings of development; inter-relationships among power, culture and sustainable social change; and, the role that SCOs and civil society play in development.