Curriculum for the five-semester, 70-credit version of the Joint MPA/IEM program. This is an alternative option to the 60-credit joint program.

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

Language studies OR intercultural competence required

Anne Campbell


IEM core course work:

  • Principles and Practices of International Education (2 credits)
  • International Education 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

Language Studies and Intercultural Competence (8 credits)

  • 8 credits language studies OR 8 credits intercultural competence

Electives (19 credits)

  • 19 credits, must include 9 from approved list
  • Students may also use their electives to take additional language studies and/or intercultural competence courses

IEM Practicum (3 credits)

MPA Practicum (3 credits)

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.

Students starting their degree in spring 2020 are required to take 8 credits of language studies and 4 credits of intercultural competence.

Students starting their degree in fall 2020 or later choose either 8 credits of language studies or 8 credits of intercultural competence. Additional language or ICC courses may be taken as electives.

Sample language studies courses:

  • Teaching Chinese in a Globalized Context (in Chinese)

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

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

Sample ICC courses:

  • Intercultural Group Dynamics

  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

  • Developing Intercultural Trainings in Organizations


Students starting their degree in spring 2020 take a total of 15 elective credits: five from an approved list and 10 credits from course(s) offered in any Middlebury Institute program.

Students starting their degree in fall 2020 or later take a total of 19 elective credits: nine 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

  • Biculturalism and Multiculturalism 

IEM Practicum

Through the IEM practicum, you will gain essential professional experience through full-time work, in an international education organization. You will be supported by a professor and peers through an online course, while you utilize the knowledge and skills you will have developed at the Middlebury Institute to design and run high impact programs.

MPA Practicum

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/Intercultural Competence 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/Intercultural Competence 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 Electives 2
Spring 2 MPA Electives 4
Spring 2 Finance and Administration 3
Spring 2 Seminar/Applied Practice Workshops 5
Spring 2 Electives 2
Fall 3 IEM Practicum 3
Fall 3 MPA Practicum 3
TOTAL   70