Frequently Asked Questions
International education programs foster participants’ growth and learning so they can forge meaningful connections across cultural and country boundaries.
International education develops participants’ global knowledge and intercultural communication skills, helping them build bridges of understanding and collaboration. These skills are essential for humanity to address global problems, achieve peace, and advance prosperity.
The term “international education” means different things in different programs. There are six types of graduate degrees in international education with differing emphases on policy, research, administration, and implementation: comparative and international education, international development and education, international education policy, international education administration and management, intercultural or multicultural studies, and higher education and student affairs.
International education management emphasizes the applied skills of the international education profession: how to design and run cross-cultural programs that help people engage meaningfully across cultural or international barriers. Graduate programs in this area focus on designing curriculum, supporting students, assessing learning, and management (e.g., budgeting, marketing, or staff management). Some programs focus on hands-on projects, often working with actual international education organizations, and it is quite common for internships or a practicum to be a component of the degree.
International education policy examines education policy, as the name suggests, at the global, regional, national, and local levels. It focuses on access to education, educational outcomes, equity issues, funding, teacher training, innovation, and other areas of educational policy to see which are the most effective and which have the best impacts for society.
International education and development is a specialization that focuses on the power of education to further economic and social development. Students in our MPA/MA in International Education Management joint degree focus on access to education, educational outcomes, equity issues, funding, educational exchange, innovation, and other areas of educational policy to see which are the most effective and which have the best impacts for society. Students with graduate degrees in this field often manage programs for nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies.
A master’s in international education management prepares you for a wide range of leadership careers in education abroad, international student and scholar services, language programs, citizen diplomacy programs, and government agencies. Nonprofits, private businesses, universities, and governments all hire international education professionals, particularly when they need to design and oversee training programs for people in multiple countries.
Jobs in international education take many forms but may involve managing study abroad programs, working in international student and scholar services, recruiting and marketing, promoting diversity and inclusion, student services, and general education administration. There are additional opportunities in teaching, training, research, curriculum design, learning assessment, development work for organizations like the United Nations, and policy analysis.