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Gain the practical experience and advanced training you need to manage global education programs.

Our Master of Arts in International Education Management (IEM) curriculum is specifically designed to give you professional experience before you graduate, culminating in a semesterlong practicum working for an international education organization. Many students receive full-time job offers out of their practicum experiences.

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Fall or spring 48 3 semesters
(12–16 months)
Currently not available Asynchronous

Please note that we are currently only accepting applications for the online IEM program.

  • The international education job market is rapidly growing after the pandemic. Employers are actively hiring and contacting us to recruit our students and alumni. The online IEM program gives you the option to work while you earn your master’s degree and save on relocation costs.
  • Our interactive approach to online learning provides a high level of engagement with your faculty, career advisor, classmates, and alumni. You will join a supportive community and build a vast, experienced professional network while taking advantage of our flexible course scheduling. 
  • You may also consider our joint MPA/MA in International Education Management where you can take your MPA courses in person (or online) and your IEM courses online, earning two master’s degrees in two years and expanding your career options.
  • If you would like to be notified when we restart accepting applications to the in-person IEM program, please fill out the form below.

Find out if IEM is right for you

Study In Person and/or Online

We offer both an in-person, full-time degree and an asynchronous online program so you can continue to work as you earn your degree. The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both versions of the program so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.

Practitioner-Focused Learning for International Careers

Prepare for the professional world with practical learning and hands-on experience in the field. Our students graduate with specialized skills and understanding, and a built-in network of opportunities. 

The Middlebury Institute is quite different from other schools because it has a very practitioner focus. We’re a professional graduate school and a Master’s Degree institution. Our curriculum’s shaped around the needs of the field and the needs of the profession, and it’s what we emphasize for our students.

The International Education Management Program was very appealing to me because of how hands-on it is, and how practical it is for what I want to do. I had such a great experience being an international student and studying abroad in Germany that I really want to help facilitate other experiential learning experiences for new generations of students, and the International Education Management Program is the perfect way to achieve that goal.

If you’re going to work in a non-profit or a study abroad program, it’s different from the standpoint that much of your revenue is going to be coming directly from participants in your program.

So, my favorite class is Marketing and Recruiting class and the Program Design Assessment class. Because those class allow us to work with a real client, and not only help us to build a relationship with our supervisors in the future, but also allow to get some hands on practice skills.

Through immersive learning funding, my partner and I were able to go to Spain this summer in order to do a site visit with the school. And that was an amazing opportunity because we were able to really get a sense for the unique components of the school itself and really get a better idea seeing first hand what the school had to offer. We continued that into the semester for our other required course which is Marketing and Recruiting. And we’re working with that same school in southern Spain to market and recruit the program that we designed originally last semester.

We will be sending our full time counselor, Katelyn Lampton, to attend a pre-conference training. And after she attends this training she will be qualified to give a-

You’re on campus for two semesters doing academic coursework. And then your third semester you’re still doing academic course work, but you’re in your practicum, so it’s a work opportunity.

They’re working as an employee or as an intern with an organization, and they’re doing projects where they use their on campus learning and apply it in that work place setting, in the organizational setting.

Right now, I’m interning at the Berkeley International Office. I am working with the international students advisors. For the programming for international students, we want to ensure international students have a holistic experience at the US, so both academic but also personal growth.

The faculty are always available to help with anything, whether it be assignments for class or right now I’ll be looking for my practicum, so an internship or work experience.

I really see the professors not only as educators, but also as colleagues and as mentors, and really there to help facilitate the learning that you’re here trying to get.

If you’re interested in really getting into the field and getting the experience necessary for starting a career in international education, then this program is definitely for you.

Launch Your Career

Career and Academic Advising

We integrate your career and academic advising, making sure your coursework aligns with your career goals. The same advisor will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating new career opportunities.

Practicum or Thesis

In your final semester, you will gain professional experience through a semesterlong practicum, which can be a paid internship in the U.S. or abroad. Alternatively, you may conduct original research for a thesis on an international education topic of your choosing. Many students leverage these opportunities for career advancement. Learn more.


The IEM program has a particular focus on community building. Our faculty, staff, and alumni are actively involved in mentoring current students and helping them develop as leaders.


Our graduates find meaningful careers in education abroad, international student and scholar services, language programs, citizen diplomacy programs, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and more. See how they are thriving in their careers.


Practical Experience

Throughout your studies at the Middlebury Institute, you will work closely with professors and international education organizations on real-world consulting projects, including marketing, recruiting, program design, and assessment.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Our faculty engage in critical anti-racist pedagogy in action and work toward interrogating and communicating our community values and beliefs. Through intentional course design, policy examination, and engaging the wider campus community to commit to equitable policies and actions beyond the classroom, we amplify voices that have been historically marginalized or excluded. Learn more about DEI efforts at the Middlebury Institute.


As the field of international education faces the rise of online instruction and the challenges of travel-dependent programs, we prepare you to manage sustainability in new ways. We integrate environmental justice with DEI efforts. We address global concerns, such as the carbon footprint of international programs, as well as financial sustainability, community sustainability, and personal sustainability. You will learn to responsibly leverage all of your resources—including technology, partnerships, funding, personnel, and personal abilities—to adapt and evolve for the future, thinking globally and acting locally.

International Opportunities

The program offers experiential learning opportunities to help you gain deeper perspectives of international education outside of the U.S. and to practice language and intercultural skills. In the past, our students have taken courses in countries including Spain, France, Rwanda, and Cuba. These international opportunities vary from year to year and are available to online students.

Language Studies and Intercultural Competence

Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers is key to a successful career in international education, so you will take content courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence.

Explore your curriculum.

48 credits
3 semesters

Customize Your Degree 

Our flexible curriculum gives you opportunities to customize your degree through switching between in-person and online options, taking part-time or full-time course loads, studying career-related topics in a second language, taking intercultural competence courses, and being able to choose optional specializations, a professional practicum, and joint degrees. Check out the program details for all of your options.

Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management

If you’re interested in a professional career at the intersection of education, development, and international exchange, you can earn both an MPA and an IEM degree in four semesters. 

Faculty: Professors and Practitioners

Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience and a genuine commitment to your success. They are actively engaged in major international organizations, including NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, and the Comparative and International Education Society. Meet our faculty.

Students at Toledo Spain
Students in the January term course, Onsite Perspectives: Education Abroad Management in Spain, were based in Madrid but also visited sites such as the beautiful old city of Toledo.

Financing Your Education

We offer a variety of resources to make your program more affordable, including merit, need-based, partner, and external scholarships for both U.S. and international students. Your personal enrollment advisor is also available to help you think through financing this important investment in your career development.

Scholarships and financial aid are available. Review tuition costs.

How to Apply

We take a holistic approach when considering your application, looking at your academic and professional background, international and multicultural experience, and career goals. We welcome applicants with or without experience working in education, and our program has numerous opportunities for you to gain or expand your professional experience before you graduate.

Admission requirements for our in-person IEM program are the same as for the online IEM program. We do not require GRE or GMAT scores for our master’s programs, but competitive scores may strengthen your application and positively influence scholarship decisions. Learn how to apply.

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IEM Career Outcomes

Our graduates find international careers in multiple fields, including study abroad, ESL and intensive language programs, international student services, and government programs, such as Fulbright and Education USA.

Career Outcomes

employed or continuing education within one year of graduation
using a second language in their work
different employers of recent graduates

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