The Middlebury Institute Joint MPA/MA International Education Management provides a multidisciplinary approach to education within the international development context.

Why the Institute: Working With and Within Communities

My name is Miranda Meyer, and I’m a dual degree international education management, and public administration student. I did my independent study in Managua, Nicaragua, and we were working on a monitoring and evaluation for the Rachel and Jackie Foundation for their teacher training program. It works to provide access quality and relevance to education for people in rural Nicaragua.

So I was able to go down in January for ten days and work with people on the ground about what the monitoring and evaluation program would look like and the whole plan. So I worked with the onsite director, I met with some teachers, I met with fellows, and fellows are locals that work in the area.

They’re not politically or religiously affiliated, so they’re able to really have the best interest of the community at heart. I was able to work on, I did surveys, I did questionnaires. We set up things like computer literacy programs for University professors in Managua to actually go out into the field and do these trainings.

And they themselves were, wow, this is a whole different Nicaragua that I have never gotten to see before. I think the thing that surprised me the most was that I was able to actually implement what I have been learning at school perfectly. The most challenging part was trusting my own intuition and going down and feeling confident about what I was saying and, in a way, feeling pressure because they knew that I was this grad student.

Where as a lot of the fellows, for example, they’ve only received a second grade education or fourth grade education. So they looked to me like, she’s wise, she has all this schooling, where in reality I was actually learning more from them because they had all this experience that I didn’t have.

I like going into the communities, working with the fellows who are the leaders there and asking what do they need? What do they want from their community? And really pulling together resources from within the community to better themselves. So I will be working with Rachel and Jackie Foundation to go back to Nicaragua in June.

To continue working with the fellows on expanding and implementing this across Nicaragua. I think this is ideal, especially for someone who is in the international education management public administration field. Because it’s a perfect combination of nonprofit work, international work, and bridging the cultural divide of the cultural gaps.

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 (IEM). You’ll gain practical skills and tools while building in-depth management competencies for educational programs in a globalized world.

Find out if MPA/IEM is right for you

Guaranteed $10K Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all Joint MPA/IEM students who request scholarship consideration in their online application. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.

If you qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships, please visit our tuition page for details on how your scholarship will be awarded.

Integrated Curriculum

The integrated curriculum helps you develop foundational and advanced skills in international education and development, communications, and language study. Students gain valuable work experience by completing a professional practicum that can last from four to six months. Improving language and/or intercultural competence is central to all degree programs at the Institute, and students take courses taught in their chosen language of study and courses in intercultural studies. See the curriculum for more details.

Our Faculty

You will have access to faculty members from multiple degree programs who are experts in fields such as international enrollment, education development, and consulting. In addition to their academic roles, many are actively engaged in their respective professional fields.

Program Duration

The Joint MPA/MAIEM is a five-semester, 70-credit program.

Careers and Internships 

Our graduates work in a range of professional capacities at universities, colleges, governmental and nongovernmental education organizations.

April Danyluk on a boat

April Danyluk

Current Employment: Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Employment at Graduation: Independent Consultant, JLO Consulting, LLC working with the Center for Civil-Military Relations, Department of Defense (Remote)

Institute Immersive LearningDPMI Certificate in International Development and Social Change (Washington, D.C.)

Institute Advantage: The joint degree in public administration and international education management neatly aligned with my professional goals. I appreciated the small class sizes, accessible professors, and pedagogical focus on practical skill building and client-based projects. The amazing alumni network is wide-ranging and well connected, and it has served me well. The Institute prepared me to be a professional.

Expertise: The intersection of education, peace building, and security cooperation

Tuition and Fees

The Joint MPA/MAIEM is a five-semester program. Students are enrolled full time during the first four semesters and half time during the final semester. 

Visit our tuition and fees page for detailed information.

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