About the Field

Are you passionate about promoting intercultural understanding? A master’s degree in international education will put you on the right track.

What is International Education?

The term “international education” means different things to different people. When you explore master’s degrees in international education, you will find some that focus on education policy and others that focus on running education programs in the developing world. Still others focus on comparative and international education, a social science field in which students conduct research on the education systems of the world.

We use the term international education in another context. We are preparing practitioners who will join the tens of thousands of practitioners worldwide who design and administer cross-cultural programs. This includes professionals working in study abroad, international student services, citizen diplomacy, language schools, and more. 

Our International Education Program

Our students believe that an experience in International Education, whether it's a short-term volunteer abroad program or a year or more spent studying abroad, changes lives. It is the key to creating global citizens, increasing cultural awareness, and building peaceful connections around the world.

Successful professionals in this field are:

  • Internationally-experienced, having lived, studied, or travelled in at least one other country

  • Interested in langugages and cultures

  • Caring

  • Adaptable

  • Organized

 And most of all…they are passionate about international education!

<p>Katherine Punteney, Program Chair and Assistant Professor in International Education Management, collaborates on a project with students.</p>
Katherine Punteney, Program Chair and Assistant Professor in International Education Management, collaborates on a project with students.

A Growing Field

The Institute for International Education reports that the number of international students studying in the U.S. is at a record high and that these international students contributed $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy last year. Meanwhile, the number of U.S. students studying abroad has more than tripled in the past two decades. Globally, OECD data indicates that 3.3 million students are enrolled outside of their home countries.

Professional Associations

Professional Associations such as NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the European Association of International Education, and the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education have membership in the tens of thousands. With the rapid growth in global student and scholar mobility, demand for trained professionals continues to increase.

Professional Positions

As reported by International Educator magazine, and as any review of job postings will confirm, most professional-level positions in the international education field require a master’s degree. We are very pleased to be able to offer an intensive master’s program that prepares students with the specific skills that they need to succeed and lead in this growing field.