Master of Arts in International Education Management
Gain the practical experience and advanced management training you need to launch your career in international education.
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 turn their practicum into full-time job offers.
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Find out if IEM is right for you
Study On-Site 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.
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.
Rebounding from the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on international education, but our students and graduates are still in high demand from employers. Our recent cohorts continue to secure meaningful and career-related positions. We also prepare you for careers in international education beyond study abroad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Middlebury Institute alumna Carol Lin shares how her practicum at Sciences Po Bordeaux turned into a full-time job; Sciences Po Bordeaux students take advantage of Middlebury Institute offerings during their exchange semester.