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Our Joint MPA/MA International Education Management is a five-semester, 70-credit program.

Start Credits Practicum Language Competency Program Coordinator
August or January 70 Required Required Anne Campbell

Core Course Work

Credits that provide a fundamental theoretical foundation and practical skill set for working in international educational development in each of these areas:

Applied Social Science Research Methods

  • Policy and Data Analysis

  • Leading Capacity Development
  • Program Evaluation


  • Development Economics

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

  • International Trade: Policy and Practice

Development Paradigms, Discourses, and Theories

  • Politics of Development

  • Power, Social Change, and Organizations
  • Development Theory and Practice

Management and Leadership

  • Starting Your Own Social Change Organization (SCO)

  • International Organizational Behavior
  • Sustainability Leadership Practicum

Finance and Administration

  • Financial Functions in Nonprofits and SCOs

  • Organizational Sustainability for SCOs

International Education Management Core 

Courses that emphasize the learning outcomes of the program. Sample courses:

  • Principles and Practices of International Education

  • International Education Program Design and Assessment

  • International Education Marketing and Student Recruitment

  • Comparative International Education or International Education Policy

  • Logic Model Framework for International Education

  • Budgeting for Educational Organizations

  • Staff Management in International Context


Electives by advisement build on your expertise in areas that can benefit your career.

Professional Practicum

Finalize your degree in the workforce with a professional practicum (four to six months) in the international education field. To earn credit, students will be responsible for rigorous academic performance, equivalent in quantity and quality to the requirements for six credits of on-campus course work. Practicum work may be conducted in English or in foreign languages, depending on your capability and the needs of the site.

Practicum Sites

Students complete practicums at sites including but not limited to the following:

  • U.S. colleges and universities

  • Third-party study abroad providers

  • ESL or language programs

  • EducationUSA offices

  • Institute of International Education

  • Government education agencies

  • Education associations

  • International education marketing organizations

  • International professional training program providers

  • Youth programs

Middlebury Schools Abroad

Our affiliation with Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad creates exceptional opportunities for interested students to take on responsibilities that include coordinating student housing, arranging excursions, facilitating activities to integrate students, arranging local internships for the undergraduate study abroad students, and pursuing institutional research projects, all conducted in the local language.

Language and Intercultural Competence

Courses taught in your chosen language combine language skills development with topics related to your MPA degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses:

  • Models and Decision Making for Positive Change (in Chinese)

  • Comparative and International Education in Latin America (in Spanish)

  • Challenges in Peacebuilding—Congo (in French)

  • Intercultural Group Dynamics

  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

Additional Program Options

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.

Options for Peace Corps Service

Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.

Sample Course Schedule

Fall Start, Full Time, Five Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Principles and Practices of International Education 2
Comparative International Education or International Education Policy 2
Applied Social Science Research Methods 4
Language Studies 4
Development Paradigms 4
January 1 4 Credits
International Education Electives 4
Spring 1 15 Credits
International Education Marketing and Student Recruitment 3
Management and Leadership 4
Language Studies 4
MPA Electives 4
Fall 2 15 Credits
Economics 4
International Education Program Design and Assessment 4
Logic Model Framework for International Education 1
MPA Electives 4
Intercultural Competency Studies 2
Spring 2 14 Credits
MPA Electives 4
Finance and Administration 3
Seminar/Applied Practice Workshops 5
Intercultural Competence Studies 2
Fall 3 6 Credits
Practicum Course (Four to Six Months) 6