I’m the founder and chair of the Master of Arts in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. In this video, I explain the six types of graduate degrees in international education: the focus of the curriculum, the approach to teaching and learning, and the most common career trajectories.
Career outcomes from these degrees may include teaching, research, recruiting and admissions, policy analysis, program management, and student services, to name a few. Our MA in International Education Management program, for example, is particularly geared towards people who want to design, facilitate, and manage education programs that help people to learn about other cultures, such as study abroad, language programs, and programs for international students. While any of these six programs can get you to any of the careers I mention in the video, particular programs may provide a better foundation for certain types of careers, and can help you advance your career more quickly.
Each of these six program types addresses theory, research, policy, and practice, but in varying amounts. As you’re looking at degree programs, read the course list. Which courses are required? Which ones have the most credits? This will tell you what the faculty of the program value the most, and what they see as core or essential to their program. Another important step would be to ask for contacts of alumni you can talk to and ask them about the focus of the program.
I invite you to reach out to me. I talk to people in the field all the time about their careers, about whether they’re considering graduate school, what might be the right fit for them, where they want to go, what experience they have, and what advice I have for their next step. So please don’t hesitate to reach out. I hope to hear from you.
International Education Management students Sayre Weir and Milira Tillman were only a few weeks into their graduate studies at the Institute when they started collaborating on the now published collaborative research project with Professor Paige Butler.
Middlebury Institute Professor and International Education Management Program Chair Katherine Punteney was honored with the Service in International Education Award at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Region 12 Conference.