Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management is a five-semester, 70-credit program. Core course work is in international education and development, intercultural communications, and language study, as well as work experience through a four- to six-month practicum. This program prepares effective leaders and managers who want to work at the intersection of international education and development. Students can choose an optional area or region of focus.

Duration Start Dates Credits Thesis or Practicum Language Competency Program Chair
Five semesters, full time August or January 70 Practicum required Required

Katherine Punteney, EdD

Beryl Levinger, PhD

Sample course schedule »

Core Course Work

The core interdisciplinary course work and integrated professional experiences will prepare you to launch a career in international educational development. The degree requirements are:

1. Joint Degree Core

Credits that provide a fundamental theoretical foundation and practical skill set for working in international educational development in each of these areas (including sample courses):

  • Applied Social Science Research Methods
    • Policy and Data Analysis
    • Leading Capacity Development
    • Program Evaluation
  • Economics
    • Development Economics
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    • International Trade: Policy and Practice
  • Development Paradigms, Discourses, and Theories
    • Politics of Development
    • Power, Social Change, and Organizations
    • Development Theory and Practice
  • Management and Leadership
    • Starting Your Own SCO
    • International Organizational Behavior
    • Sustainability Leadership Practicum
  • Finance and Administration
    • Financial Functions in Nonprofits and SCOs
    • Organizational Sustainability for SCOs

2. International Education Management Core

Courses that emphasize the learning outcomes of the program. Sample courses include:

  • Principles and Practices of International Education
  • International Education Program Design and Assessment
  • International Education Marketing and Student Recruitment
  • Comparative International Education or International Education Policy
  • Logic Model Framework for International Education
  • Budgeting for Educational Organizations
  • Staff Management in International Context

3. Language and Intercultural Competency Core

Courses taught in the language of study combine language skills development with topics related to graduate degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competency offerings provide students with the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses include:

  • Models and Decision-Making for Positive Change (in Chinese)
  • Comparative and International Education in Latin America (in Spanish)
  • Challenges in Peace Building—Congo (in French)
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics
  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

4. International Education Electives

Electives by advisement build on your expertise in domains that will benefit your career. Sample courses include:

  • Education and Development
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Best Practices in Study Abroad and International Exchange
  • International Marketing Research
  • Crisis Management
  • Introduction to Language Program Administration

5. MPA Electives

Complete an additional concentration area, a certificate, or general courses to help you succeed in your career. Sample MPA electives are:

  • Gender, Power, and Identity
  • Social Change and Management
  • Human Security
  • Certificate in International Development (DPMI)

6. Professional Practicum

Finalize your degree in the workforce with a four- to six-month practicum in the international education field. To earn credit, students will be responsible for rigorous academic performance, equivalent in quantity and quality to the requirements for six credits of on-campus course work. For detailed information, please go to the practicum page. 

Program Options

In addition to the five-semester Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management program, you can also choose from the following options:

  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program
    Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the competitive Peace Corps Fellows program.


Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Five Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Principles and Practices of International Education 2
Comparative International Education or International Education Policy 2
Applied Social Science Research Methods 4
Language Studies 4
Development Paradigms 4
January 1

4 Credits

International Education Electives 4
Spring 1
15 Credits
International Education Marketing and Student Recruitment 3
Management and Leadership 4
Language Studies 4
MPA Electives 4
Fall 2 15 Credits
Economics 4
International Education Program Design and Assessment 4
Logic Model Framework for International Education 1
MPA Electives 4
Intercultural Competency Studies 2
Spring 2 14 Credits
MPA Electives 4
Finance and Administration 3
Seminar/Applied Practice Workshops 5
Intercultural Competency Studies 2
Fall 3
6 Credits
Practicum Course (Four to Six Months) 6


*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.