Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

Organizations are increasingly looking for chief diversity officers, diversity managers, consultants, educational administrators, human resources, and/or college admissions professionals that can transform their communities. At Tufts, you’ll become the strong, informed, skilled leader that can help create more inclusive organizations. Featured on CNN Money, this interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in a variety of industries and professional sectors.

Our master's program is available either as a full-time program or in a part-time format designed for working professionals. This residential program features both courses held in-person and online (synchronous).

Our four-course certificate is available fully online or in a hybrid format (with both online and on-campus courses).

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MA in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

To be an effective leader in diversity, equity and inclusion, you must understand the social contexts and psychological processes that result in implicit bias, discrimination, and marginalization. In this program, you will learn the scholarly theories and practical tools to implement institutional changes that promote diversity and foster inclusivity.

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You will join students from a variety of backgrounds and scholarly fields, all united in their desire to explore diversity in interdisciplinary contexts. Upon completion of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership master’s program, you will be capable of:

  • Engaging in organizational observation using appropriate methods
  • Implementing necessary changes to enhance equality and prevent marginalization
  • Prioritizing these changes based on the culture and needs of the organization
  • Designing and evaluating programs to enact these changes
  • Leading organizations through sustainable transformation

Degree Requirements / Timelines
This master's program requires 11 total courses across four core curricular areas. 

Students pursuing the MA full-time typically complete the program in 12 months to two years, depending on academic and summer course loads. Part-time students typically take courses in the evening, on the weekend, and online, allowing for completion of the program in less than 2 years.

Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

Students in the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership certificate will explore the tools and concepts for successfully leading strategic organizational change as well as the history and ethics of law and policy as it applies to issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Students can choose to complete the program entirely online or in a hybrid format with both online and on campus courses. Synchronous courses, both online and in person, are offered in the evenings and on weekends making the program ideal for working professionals. Students who complete this certificate program may decide to continue on and apply to the MA in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership. If accepted into the master’s program, the credits earned toward the completion of the certificate will automatically be counted toward the master’s program.

Degree Requirements / Timelines
The certificate requires three core courses and one elective, which students can select based on their area of interest.  

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Full-Time MA Track

Students in the full-time track of the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership MA are required to take 11 total courses across four core curricular areas. Full-time students typically complete the program in 12 months to two years, depending on academic and summer course loads.

Part-Time Track for Working Professionals

Using a trimester format for graduate coursework, the part-time MA in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership allows working professionals to work full-time while attending courses in the evening, on the weekend, and online, allowing completion of the program in less than 2 years. Requirements are the same as the full-time track; students are required to take 11 total courses across four core curricular areas. 

Sample Part-Time Schedule*

Summer Session DLS 206: Critical Histories of U.S. Education Evening
Fall Semester DLS 205: Anthropology and Sociology of the School

Core Seminar

Spring Semester DLS 265: Program Evaluation

Core Seminar

Summer Session 1 UEP: Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Evening
Summer Session 2 Elective Evening, Weekend, Online
Fall Semester UEP: Quantitative Reasoning


Evening, Weekend, Online
Spring Semester Teaching for Democracy

Equity and Inclusion

Capstone Project




*This is a sample schedule. Course offerings and schedule are subject to change. 


Silas Pinto
Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Program
Ph.D. , University of Rhode Island
Julian Agyeman
Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate and Interim Chair
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Jennifer Allen
Jennifer Allen
Professor and Chair
Sc.D., MPH, MSN, RN , Harvard School of Public Health
Community Health, Community-based interventions to promote health in underserved populations, with an ultimate goal of reducing health disparities
Linda Beardsley
Senior Lecturer
M.Ed. , Tufts University
Teacher Education
Steven Cohen
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Brandeis University
High school history; Director of Undergraduate Education
Robert Cook
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Animal Cognition and Learning
Peter Levine
Peter Levine
Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs
Ph.D. , University of Oxford
Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
Penn Loh
Senior Lecturer and Director of the M.P.P. Program and Community Practice
M.S. , University of California, Berkeley
Environmental justice, solidarity and new economy, community organizing
Ellen Pinderhughes
Ellen E. Pinderhughes
Professor and Admissions Coordinator
Ph.D. , Yale University
Adoption and foster care and Influences on family socialization processes among families with children at risk for problematic outcomes
Sarah Pinto
Sarah Pinto
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Medical anthropology, gender, mental health, reproduction, cultures of biomedicine, kinship, global feminism, history of the body
Erin Seaton
Senior Lecturer and Interim Program Director, School Psychology
Ed.D. , Harvard Graduate School of Education
School Psychology
Ayanna Kim Thomas
Ayanna Kim Thomas
Dean of Research and Professor
Ph.D. , University of Washington
Memory and Aging

The Diversity and Inclusion Leadership program is committed to holistically reviewing all applications. This means that each application will undergo a balanced review across all components to assess the student's fit with the program.

MA Application Deadlines

Fall: February 15
Fall Round 2 Deadline: May 15
Spring: October 15
Fall Part-time Track for Working Professionals: August 1
Spring Part-time Track for Working Professionals: December 15

MA Application Requirements

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
GRE scores are not required
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation 

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Certificate Application Deadlines

Spring: September 15 (international applicants) and December 15 (domestic applicants)
Fall: June 1 (international applicants) and August 1 (domestic applicants)

Certificate Application Requirements

> Application Fee
Personal Statement
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
One Letter of Recommendation

For more information, email certificates@tufts.edu.

For questions about your application, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 617.627.3395 or gradadmissions@tufts.edu.

To connect with faculty and current students in this program, please email gsas@tufts.edu.