The growth of study abroad and international education programs has fueled a demand for professionals with advanced education management training.
The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in International Education Management (IEM) is designed specifically to help you find a career in this rapidly growing field.
Our 43-credit, three-semester curriculum includes a four- to six-month professional practicum in the U.S. or abroad.
Guaranteed $10K Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all IEM students who request scholarship consideration in their online application. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.
If you qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships, please visit our tuition page for details on how your scholarship will be awarded.
Career-Oriented Course Work
The term “international education” means different things in different programs. Some focus on policy while others emphasize research. Our master’s curriculum is specifically designed to give you professional experience before you graduate so that you’re better prepared for your career.
You will work closely with professors and international education organizations on real-world consulting projects, including marketing, recruiting, program design, and assessment. You’ll also develop a website to showcase your work and build technical skills like budgeting and survey design. Electives help customize your studies to your professional interests.
Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers is key to a successful career in international education, so IEM students take several content courses in their chosen language of study and/or courses in intercultural competence.
See the curriculum for more details.
Faculty: Professors and Practitioners
Our faculty combine academic expertise with years of professional experience. Together with career advisors, they mentor each student to ensure that you receive the academic and professional experience you need to realize your career goals. Meet our faculty.
Students gain professional experience through the required practicum, working with study abroad programs, colleges and universities, youth exchange programs, ESL or language programs, and government agencies around the world. Through a partnership with Middlebury Schools Abroad, interested students can assist in their worldwide programs. Many students convert their practicum semester into full-time offers, while others successfully leverage this valuable work experience in interviews.
The program offers immersive learning opportunities to 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. You may also choose to pursue your practicum abroad.
Education and Development
Students interested in a career at the intersection of education, development, and international exchange can choose a Joint MPA and Master of Arts in International Education Management, which provides a multidisciplinary approach to education in international development.