Global Inclusion and Social Development, PhD

Post-Master's and Post-BA OptionsConcentrations | Second Language RequirementSGISD Core Courses | Internship Opportunities

Application deadline: Jan 2 for fall admission (no spring admission).

Review our application checklist here.

Download the student handbook here.

Our 67-credit PhD program in global inclusion and social development focuses on inclusion as it intersects with social justice, human rights, and economic policy from a global perspective. Students complete core courses and then select an area of concentration.

Our students work with our 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.

Post-Master's and Post-BA Options

There are two options available for completing a PhD in Global Inclusion and Social development. Students who have completed a master’s degree prior to entering the PhD program can complete the 52-credit post-master’s track. Students who are interested in earning a second master’s degree, or do not have a master’s degree, can complete the 67-credit post-BA track. 

You can read in detail about both post-master's and the post-BA options in our student handbook.


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:

Second Language Requirement

SGISD requires that each PhD student achieve a certain level of proficiency in a language other than their native language. Proficiency may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, all of which are detailed in the student handbook (download the handbook here).

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: