Customize your in-person or online 48-credit master’s degree based on your interests and career goals. The program can be completed in three semesters.
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We offer in-person and online master’s degrees in International Education Management (IEM). The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both versions, 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. In-person courses take place on our Monterey, California, campus.
Whichever modality you choose, you will work with classmates around the world and gain the practical know-how of partnering with remote colleagues, an important skill for building international relationships in your evolving career.
Whether you are in person or online, you can study full time or part time and adjust your course load from semester to semester as needed. Full-time students will complete the program in three semesters; part-time students can take between two and six years to graduate.
Professional Experience before You Graduate
You will engage with key research and theory in the field and partner with professionals throughout your program. Through informational interviews, guest speakers, events, and alumni networking, you will gain deeper perspectives of international education. In project-based courses, 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.
“I have enjoyed working with MIIS students on various strategic projects over the past few years. The Alumni Ambassador Recruitment and Development, Co-Curricular Learning Certificate, and Inquiry Management Strategy projects have been rewarding to Arcadia Abroad and both professionally and personally rewarding for me. I really enjoy mentoring the students and appreciate the opportunity to work with them. I’ve been deeply impressed by the level of professionalism and enthusiasm demonstrated by each and every student. Thank you for your support!” – Adam Rubin (Director, Institutional Relations and Enrollment Management, Arcadia Abroad)
Language Study and Intercultural Competence
Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers is key to a successful career in international education, so you will take several content-based courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence (ICC).
In language classes, you will have the opportunity to develop specialized vocabulary and content knowledge for your field of interest, give presentations, and improve your professional writing skills. ICC courses give you the opportunity to learn about managing global and cross-cultural teams, addressing issues of power and identity, and improving communications.
We will work with you to align your courses with your evolving career goals. Note that online students have limited options for language study.
Students may specialize in the following optional areas:
The 16-credit Intercultural Competence specialization equips students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to lead and train multicultural teams, to interact with diverse stakeholders, to create effective assessments and training materials, and to meet the challenges of working and interacting in intercultural settings.
Language Program Administration
This 20-credit specialization in Language Program Administration focuses on professional skills such as developing budgets and monitoring expenses, training teachers and aides, and evaluating language program effectiveness.
Language Studies for Professional Purposes
To address the world’s most challenging problems, we need to understand one another, and there is no better way to understand others than to speak their language. Through this 12-credit specialization in Language Studies for Professional Purposes, you will greatly develop your proficiency in your target language and expand your global career opportunities.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching Foreign Language (TFL)
Practicum or Thesis
You will 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. 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.
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 a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Arts in International Education Management. You’ll gain practical skills and tools while building in-depth management competencies for educational programs in a globalized world. The Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management is a four-semester program.
Peace Corps Connections
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, earning them a guaranteed scholarship.
You can integrate Peace Corps service into your degree through our Options for Peace Corps Service, earning yourself a 50 percent tuition scholarship for your final semester.
Tuition and Fees
The online and in-person programs have the same full-time tuition cost and the same part-time per-credit rate.