Comparative and International Education

Admission is closed for all Comparative and International Education programs

We will not be accepting applications into our Comparative and International Education programs at this time.

Helping Orphaned Youth in Rwanda
Helping Orphaned Youth in Rwanda

Crossing borders, cultures and disciplines to prepare graduates to work in education in the United States and around the world.

The Comparative and International Education (CIE) program prepares graduates for careers as professionals and scholars in both education and development-related fields. CIE students act as agents of change in classrooms, schools, communities, and national or multinational organizations worldwide.

We offer three degrees: M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change, M.A. in Comparative and International Education, and Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education.

The career-oriented M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change gives graduates the knowledge and skills to enter into careers requiring the ability to understand and solve complex educational and development issues. The program prepares graduates for careers in international education (as study abroad advisors or international student and scholar advisors), non-governmental organizations (as program officers, grant writers, or project evaluators), and educational and development agencies (as research and policy analysts or project officers).

The research-oriented M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education prepare graduates to become experts in policy analysis and international education research for careers in schools and higher education institutions, government offices, and research and policy institutes. The Ph.D. program, in particular, is suited for highly innovative individuals preparing for these types of careers as well as academic positions in colleges or universities.

We also offer a graduate certificate in International Development Education and post-baccalaureate certificates in other relevant areas.

During their degree programs, students may study, conduct research and teach in a variety of international settings for at least part of their program. We use a hybrid instructional format—on campus and online—designed to accommodate our diverse body of global students, many of whom are working professionals.

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