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Our Joint MPA/MA in 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


IEM core course work:

  • Principles and Practices of International Education (2 credits)
  • International Marketing and Recruiting (3 credits)
  • Logic Model Frameworks for International Education (1 credit)
  • International Education Design and Assessment (4 credits)
  • Comparative International Education or International Education Policy (2 credits)

Introduction to Policy and Data Analysis (4 credits)

Development Paradigms, Discourses, and Theories (4 credits) sample courses:

  • Development, Theory, and Practice
  • Introduction to Conflict Resolution
  • Politics of Development
  • Power, Social Change, and Organizations

Economics (4 credits) sample courses:

  • Development Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • International Trade: Theory and Practice

Management and Leadership (4 credits) sample courses:

  • Leading a Social Change Organization (SCO)

Finance and Administration (4 credits) sample courses:

  • Finance Fundamentals of Nonprofit and Social Change Organizations
  • Organizational Sustainability for Social Change Organizations

Seminar and/or Applied Practice Workshops (5 credits) sample courses:

  • Proposal Writing for International Development
  • Behavior Changing Strategies in Public Health
  • US Immigration Policy in the 21st century
  • Negotiating Global Development Policy
  • Qualitative Data Analysis

Electives (15 credits, must include 5 from approved list)

Language (8 credits)

Intercultural Competence (4 credits)

IEM Practicum (3 credits)

MPA Practicum (3 credits)


Students take five credits of electives from an approved list and 10 credits from course(s) offered in any Middlebury Institute program. Sample courses:

  • Education Abroad (Study Abroad) Management

  • International Student and Scholar Services

  • Fostering Diversity and Inclusion

  • Organizational Sustainability of NGOs

  • Introduction to Language Program Administration

  • Counseling Skills for Advisors

  • Language Teacher Education

  • Proposal Writing for International Development

  • International Service Learning

Language and Intercultural Competence

Courses taught in your chosen language combine language skills development with topics related to your degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide the cross-cultural 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

IEM Practicum

Through the IEM practicum (four-six months), you will be in the workforce in the international education field. You will gain professional experience through working with an organization of your choice (some examples are listed below). Many students convert their practicum semester into full-time offers, while others successfully leverage this valuable work experience in interviews.

To earn credit, students are 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 organization.

Practicum Sites

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

  • Colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world

  • Third-party study abroad providers

  • ESL or language programs

  • Education USA 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.

MPA Practicum

Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI) PLUS 

Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation PLUS includes a three- to nine-month internship applying degree-area skills to benefit a host organization. You’ll also create a case study examining DPMI-related issues confronting the organization. These issues may include project design, project monitoring, training, stakeholder participation, strategic partnering, social entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Independent Practicum

The independent practicum is self-directed and requires independent academic planning and responsibilities. You can choose to complete an internship or field-based research. Both require you to engage a faculty sponsor, develop a work plan with that sponsor, submit the specified deliverables to be evaluated at the conclusion of the project, and present the deliverables in a final colloquium.

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

Term Course Credits
Fall 1 Principles and Practices of International Education 2
Fall 1 Comparative International Education or International Education Policy 2
Fall 1 Applied Social Science Research Methods 4
Fall 1 Language Studies 4
Fall 1 Development Paradigms 4
January 1 International Education Electives 4
Spring 1 International Education Marketing and Student Recruitment 3
Spring 1 Management and Leadership 4
Spring 1 Language Studies 4
Spring 1 MPA Electives 4
Fall 2 Economics 4
Fall 2 International Education Program Design and Assessment 4
Fall 2 Logic Model Framework for International Education 1
Fall 2 MPA Electives 4
Fall 2 Intercultural Competency Studies 2
Spring 2 MPA Electives 4
Spring 2 Finance and Administration 3
Spring 2 Seminar/Applied Practice Workshops 5
Spring 2 Intercultural Competence Studies 2
Fall 3 Practicum Course (Four to Six Months) 6
TOTAL   70