Online Master of Arts in International Education Management
Advance your career as a leader in international education with our flexible online degree. Enhance global learning and intercultural exchange.
Our online Master of Arts in International Education Management (IEM) is specifically designed to give you real-world experience before you graduate, culminating in a semesterlong research project or practicum working for an international education organization.
Fall or Spring
3 semesters full time
(longer if part time)
Find out if Online IEM is right for you
Choose Your Learning Format
In addition to our online program, we offer an in-person IEM program. 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.
Our unique approach to online learning provides a high level of engagement with your faculty and classmates and offers asynchronous activities. You will have the option to participate in live sessions.
Advance 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 four- to six-month 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 about your practicum.
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 you develop as a leader.
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—to adapt and evolve for the future, thinking globally and acting locally.
The program offers immersive 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 have designed this program to allow you to continue working as you earn your online master’s. The degree can be part time with asynchronous options, so you can engage each lesson on your own schedule. You may also be able to take advantage of employer tuition benefits.
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 online IEM program are the same as for the in-person 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.