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A wide variety of MA degrees offered in the U.S. use the term “International Education” or “Comparative and International Education.” These programs typically focus on the social, political, historical, cultural, and economic forces that shape delivery of formal education around the world. We use the term International Education in another context – that is the field of international exchange.
In keeping with the identity of MIIS as a professional graduate school, we intend to prepare professionals with the skills and knowledge to run study abroad programs, provide student services in ESL and intensive language programs, manage international student services offices, develop international professional training programs, and work for government programs and agencies such as Fulbright and Education USA (and the foreign equivalents). Within the research literature and within the profession, this field is referred to as “International Education.”
When searching for a graduate program in International Education, look closely at the titles and descriptions of the courses to understand the program emphasis.
Analysis of the international education field shows increasing professionalization of the field, and the rapidly growing requirement for entry-level professional positions to require master’s degrees.
A survey of primarily U.S based study abroad professionals (Forum on Education Abroad, 2008; Spencer, Kreutzer, & Shallenberger, 2008) revealed that 31% held bachelor’s degrees, 51% held master’s degrees, and 25% had Ph.D. or Ed.D. degrees. Bentsen, Benum, Morgan, Raess, and Mehringer (2010) conducted an analysis of job postings in the field of international education. They found that the majority of position announcements listed a master’s degree as preferred or required. They found that international experience such as study, work, or living abroad was also a common requirement of the posted positions.
Fall Entry (Late August): Students who enter the MA in International Education Management program in the fall can expect to take 16 credits in the fall semester, 4 credits in the January term, and 16 credits in the spring semester. This is a rigorous courseload that prepares students for the International Education Management Practicum. Students will begin the 6-credit practicum in early, mid, or late summer depending on the needs of their host organization. Students are expected to complete the practicum and graduate in December.
Spring Entry (Late January): Students who enter the MA in International Education Management program in the spring can expect to take 16 credits in the spring semester, 16 credits in the fall semester and 4 credits in the January term. This is a rigorous courseload that prepares students for the International Education Management Practicum. Students will begin the 6-credit practicum in late January or early February depending on the needs of their host organization. Students are expected to complete the practicum and graduate in May. Spring-entry students will have a summer break between their first and second semesters. Students may use this time to work, travel, participate in Summer Intensive Language Programs or the Middlebury Language Schools, undertake a directed study, or complete a summer internship.
Yes, prospective students may apply to begin the MA in International Education Management program in either fall (August) or spring (January).
Applicants are encouraged to apply by the application deadlines for priority consideration. For Fall 2012, we will continue to review applications for the MA in International Education Management program through the summer, and it is anticipated that scholarships/financial aid will continue to be available.
Students with extended professional experience in the international education field will have the option, with approval of the program coordinator, to complete a thesis project in lieu of practicum.