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Customize your online 44-credit master’s degree based on your interests and career goals. The program can be completed in three semesters.

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Your personal enrollment advisor is ready to help you navigate the application process, customize your program to meet your goals, explore options for financing your education, and connect with current students, alumni, and faculty. Connect with your enrollment advisor.


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. These projects have been rewarding to Arcadia Abroad and both professionally and personally rewarding for me. I’ve been deeply impressed by the level of professionalism and enthusiasm demonstrated by each and every student.” – Adam Rubin (Director, Institutional Relations and Enrollment Management, Arcadia Abroad)

Thesis or Practicum

You may conduct original research for a required thesis on an international education topic of your choosing.

Alternatively, you may gain professional experience through the practicum, working with study abroad programs, colleges and universities, youth exchange programs, ESL or language programs, and government agencies around the world.

Many students leverage the thesis or practicum for career advancement. Learn more.

Intercultural Competence

Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers is key to a successful career in international education, so you will take courses in intercultural competence (ICC) and/or a second language.

ICC courses are asynchronous and give you the opportunity to learn about managing global and cross-cultural teams, addressing issues of power and identity, and improving communications.

Language classes are currently only available as live (synchronous), online 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.

We will work with you to align your courses with your evolving career goals.


Students may specialize in the following optional areas:

Intercultural Competence

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)

A 15-credit specialization in TESOL or specialization in TFL provides broader professional expertise and additional career avenues in language education and curriculum design.

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

Review the tuition and fees page for details on part-time and full-time costs.