IPSL Graduate Study and Service Abroad

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About Us

Ethical Engagement. Lasting Change.  


IPSL offers two graduate programs that are multi-national and multi-institutional. Students take coursework and choose where in the world they would like to serve. There is a required service-learning reflection seminar (Community Organizing & Social Activism - COSA), which is an academic program created and facilitated by IPSL, designed to give globally minded students a foundation in the history and key practices of community building and civic engagement worldwide, from domestic and international volunteerism, to community organizing, to grassroots social movements and activism.


IPSL graduate programs are designed to meet the international demand for ethical leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships, and empower communities. Students are prepared for careers with nonprofit and community development organizations through an interdisciplinary program that combines rigorous academic training with hands-on skill development through volunteer service in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.


Students build intercultural competency and global professional networks that position them to launch meaningful careers post-graduation. Possible areas of emphasis include: Community-based Development, Global Health Issues, Environmental Justice, Disability Advocacy, International Education, Peace and Reconciliation, Sustainable Development, and more.

Program Calendars

Both IPSL graduate programs are multi-national and multi-institutional and offered through partnerships with official Schools of Record. Students study and serve in several different countries. The difference in the two programs are: program length, course requirements, and the School of Record. 

Master's in Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA)

  • COSA is approximately one calendar year (13 months). One 3-week residency in the U.S. and then three terms abroad (including a summer term). After returning from abroad, students have a 2-week re-entry residency. 
  • Cohorts start in August, January, or late April for maximum flexibility.
  • International flights ARE INCLUDED in program fee.
  • 34 semester credits minimum to graduate.

Master's in International Development & Service (IDS)

  • IDS is four semesters (two years). Two semesters in New York. Two semesters abroad. No summer semester.
  • Students start in early September (Fall start) or in late January (Spring start).
  • Coursework must include core courses in Development.
  • International flights are NOT included in program fee.
  • 36 semester credits minimum to graduate. 

Please visit the IPSL website for further details: https://www.ipsl.org/graduate-education-abroad